New CD 'From Blues to Rembetica' out August 2017
Performer of Folk, Blues 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.
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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
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