Blues,Folk & World Roots
Winner: Best Solo Artist (Male)
G.S.M.C. Music Awards 2018
Mark T. Performing at the G.S.M.C. music award ceremony
‘Mark T. has his own unique way of presenting original music
that spans English Folk, American Blues and Greek Rembetika, and it’s very cool!
Mark is a fine singer and guitarist with his own style which shines through,
especially when he sings and plays slide on his National guitar’- Michael Messer - 2018
Performer of Country Blues, Folk and Roots Music
Also an award Winning Community Musician & Composer
On Steel Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals & Harmonica
An original voice - The Guardian
‘Fiery bouzouki and neat blues slide, topped by T.’s distinctive, clear, English vocals and a good choice of songs’ fRoots.
‘Blues to Rembetika’ is a wonderful testament to his free spirit and joi de vivre’ RnR (RocknReel)
'From Blues To Rembetika' is a very interesting album that opens the gate wide to other cultures and gives you the feeling that blues and roots music are indeed captured from one big barrel’. Rootstime (Belgium)
Mark’s approach to the blues is pretty authentic – that’s a National Triolian on the cover – but I’m not expert enough to judge his Rembetika. I just know I enjoy it. Dai Jeffries, Folking.com
Congratulations to Mark T winner of this year’s Best Male Solo Artist at the GSMC Music Awards, Mark is an amazing talent who wowed our crowds in 2017 and again on the Awards Night itself, a fantastic musician and songwriter it was an honour to him perform for us. Graham Steele
Why haven't I heard of you before? Reg Presley (Troggs)
Current CD 'From Blues to Rembetika' available via PAYPAL:
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).
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.
His latest CD 'From Blues to Rembetika' received excellent reviews in all areas of the music press.
He is currently working on a new CD due for release in 2020.
Mark T. (Folk, Blues & Roots) Gigs:
The Fo'c'sle, Folk Club, Southampton, Friday 6th January 2017
Commission for Interact Community Theatre and Corn Exchange, Newbury, February & March 2017
Rea River Roots, Birmingham, Wednesday 19th April 2017
Weald & Downland Museum Festival of Food & Folk, Sussex, Sunday 30th April 2017
The Henley College, Oxon, Workshop / Performance with Iqbal Pathan & Abanti Chakrabarty 17th May 2017
British Legion Club, Newbury, Parkinsons Benefit, Friday 21st July 2017
Cafe 38, Brodregade 38, Randers, Denmark, 3rd August 2017
Cafe 38, Brodregade 38, Randers, Denmark, 4th August 2017
De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford, Friday 11th August 2017
Global Cafe, London Street, Reading, Thursday 31st August 2017 (CD Launch)
Wilde Sundays, Upstairs Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Sunday 10th September @ 2:30 pm
Bodmin Folk Club Friday 15th September 2017
Thatcham Festival, Old Bluecoats School - October 2017- Date TBA
G.S.M.C. Music Awards - Wednesday 17th January 2018
Henley College Oxon., Thursday 25th January 2018 - The Songs of Robert Burns - Workshop
Addington School, Reading, 6th February 2018 - Songs of the Sea - Workshop
Ace Space, Newbury, 30th June 2018
Blues Bar & Grill, Plymouth, Thursday 26th July 2018
West Anstey Village Hall,Yeo Mill, West Anstey, Devon - Friday 27th July 2018
Arlington Arts Center, Mary Hare, Snelsmore Common, Newbury - Friday 30th November 2018
Redbourne Folk Club, - Thursday, 3rd January 2019
Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell - Sunday 13th January 2019
Robert Burns Workshops: Stepping Stones, Reading & The Henley College - 21st & 24th January
De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford, Friday 1st March 2019
The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell - 28th May 2019
Bhangra & Classical Indian Music and Dance Workshop with Iqbal Patel and Abanti Chakrabarty
The Henley College Dance Studio 19th June 2019
Residency: Surround Sound Music Workshops, Crowmarsh Village Hall, every Monday (11.00 am) in July 2019
Creative Writing, Music & Nature Weekend, Cox Wood, Cox Lane, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0BH - 2nd - 4th August 2019
Thatcham Festival - October 2019 (Date shortly to be confirmed)
My meeting with Peter Abnett Buzouki maker.
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
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