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)
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
Weald & Downland Folk and Food Festival, Bank Holiday Weekend, Sunday 1st May 2016
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
Newbury Culturefest July 2016 - more details to follow
Spirit Seekers Weekend, Wales, solo 22nd - 24th July 2016 - more details to follow
Stockfest August 2016 with Fran Wood - more details to be announced
Mark T. tuning up for 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' Reading 2015
Mark & Iqbal at Culturefest with classical dancer Abanti Chakrabarti Newbury 2015
1)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