There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison, he is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes.
Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller.
An in-demand live performer, Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released five albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US. 2018 sees the release of Mark’s much awaited new album, THE PANORAMIC VIEW. Mark’s magnum opus, it is all set to bring him much wider recognition.
Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.
Here are a few of the things that have been said about Mark and his music:
‘really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them’ (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)
‘one of the British Isles’ great blues singers and guitarists, totally and absolutely original’ (Mike Harding)
‘Mark Harrison keeps getting better‘(Classic Rock Magazine)
‘innovative ……’ (Jazz FM)
‘roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ (R2 Magazine)
‘with a highly distinctive style and a growing international reputation. Mark Harrison’s rootsy folk/blues sound combines superb picking and slide work, on 12-string and National resonator guitar, with richly burnished vocals and inventive original material’ (Celtic Connections festival programme)