Paul Midgely & Mark T.
Performer of Blues, Folk and Roots Music
Also an award Winning Community Musician & Composer
On Steel Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals & Harmonica
Reviewer for fROOTS Magazine
Identity and passion in abundance -Sean McGhee - ROCK n REEL
The new CD is an impressive piece of work -Bright Young Folk Review
An original voice - The Guardian
Innovative, honest and credible - Folker (Germany)
A fascinating enterprise successfully executed - fROOTS
A talented multi-instrumentalist - Sing Out (USA)
Why have I not heard of you? - Reg Presley (Troggs)
Originally from Hereford, but now living near Reading, Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of folk, blues and roots music since the mid eighties, solo and in the company of esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, roots rock band Rootdogs and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band) and Fran Wood.
High points have included an Arts Council award for his LP The Room, main stage Saturday night appearances at the Bracknell, Pontardawe and Christchurch festivals as well a sessions for BBC radio 2 live from their Paris theatre London and Pebble Mill in Birmingham as well as gigs in Denmark, Italy and two tours of France. Also of note was a recent performance in the Salon Noir cave in Niaux, France amongst the 15,000 year old cave paintings.
Bison image from the Salon Noir, Niaux
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Gigs with Charles Spicer (Early and Folk Music) 2015-2016
Weald & Downland Folk and Food Festival, Sussex - Bank Holiday Weekend, Sunday 1st May 2016
Thtacham Festival, Od Bluecoats School - Tuesday 11th October 2016
Mark T. Solo (Blues, Folk & Roots) Gigs
Third Friday Blues Club, Reading, with Fran Wood, supporting the Sam Kelly Band - Friday 18th December 2015
Private St. Patrick's party with Sara Daniels (conertina, vocals) - Saturday 12th March 2016
Cursus Cider and Music Festival with Paul Midgely (Percussion) 13th - 15th May 2016
BBC 1 recording of 'Street Auction 'with Keith Holloway (Melodeon) - Saturday 18th June 2016 (see below)
Newbury Culturefest Saturday - 16th July 2016
Spirit Seekers Weekend, Wales, solo 22nd - 24th July 2016
Parkinson's Benefit, British Legion, Newbury - Friday 19th August (Lunchtime)
The Troubadour, London 23rd August 2016
The Global Cafe, RISC, Reading Tuesday 22nd November 2016
The Music Institute, Guildford - Friday 25th November 2016
1) Keith Holloway & Mark T. play live on BBC 1 Programme 'Street Auction' June 2016
Keith Holloway (melodeon) and Mark T. (Bouzouki) were recently invited to perform live for a new BBC 1 television programme called 'Street Auction' . The programme's presenter is Paul Martin better known as the presenter of 'Flog It!'
The programme is due to be screened in September 2016.
Keith and Mark payed two numbers 'Cap'n Wyke' & 'Dark Girl Dressed in Bue'.
They are pictured here with Paul Martin shortly after filming.
2)My meeting with Peter Abnett
I took my new bouzouki to Peter Abnett (its maker) for a six month service and met him for the first time... and a very nice man he is too... together with Donal Lunny of Planxty, Peter designed and made the first purpose built bouzouki for Irish music using a unique three piece dished back which, still, only he makes - don't know of anyone else that makes them that way - it retains certain aspects of the Greek sound - but is much easier to hold, has a shorter neck and a wider finger board... it's a treat to play and produces a lovely strong, clear sound.
Peter retired in 2015, I would like to thank him for producing such wonderful instruments.
Mark T. & Peter Abnett