Mark S Black
Songwriter, guitarist and producer with a very distinctive style of “rootsy blues” who often combines rock, country and Celtic influences into the powerful mix.
An eclectic choice of instrumentation such as lap steel guitars, didjireedoo and 12 string guitars can be heard over his 3 studio albums (2004, 2009, 2012) and a double live album and concert dvd with the 13 piece “Roots Orchestra”(2010).
Extensive touring live highlights are many including performing at Glastonbury in 2009, guesting and performances with Moya Brennan (Clannad), Liam Ó MaonlaÍ (Hot House Flowers) and Ciaran Gribben (INXS) at the Spirit Voices Show (Special Commission to Earagail Arts Festival 2010), a string of headline slots at Blues and Arts Festivals throughout Ireland and Europe. Other highlights include collaboration with guitarist Henry McCullough (Joe Cocker Grease Band, Wings, Jesus Christ Superstar) for an unforgetable performance of Leadbellys ‘Western Plain’. Support credits over the past few years for Alabama 3, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Hot House Flowers and Fionn Regan.
‘Ballsy Springsteen-esque rock from a singular new Irish talent’ – Stuart Clarke, Hotpress Magazine (IRL)!
‘He sings with the spirit of the Mississippi in his soul’ – Stuart Bailie, BBC Radio Ulster (UK)