The official site for Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison's unique songs are attracting a lot of attention. He takes elements of blues and folk, adding his own twist to produce something totally original. His music, with its memorable tunes and strong and compelling rhythms, has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds and ages.

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'wonderful rootsy blues ….. innovative'
(Jazz FM)

Mark is doing something fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of the early blues to produce music totally relevant to the present day. His highly individual songs cover a wide range of non-standard topics. They all have something to say or a story to tell. They'll make you move, make you think, make you smile.

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'singular lyrics ...an original take on song writing'
(Blues in Britain)

'while all the songs feel as though they could be rooted in the past they are contemporary and spark of truth'
(Music News)

Mark is a thrilling, rhythmic finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style and sound. He plays a 1934 National resonator guitar and a 12-string guitar.as well as singing. He has been described as 'one of the UK's foremost acoustic blues performers'.

'his delicate fingerpicking and slide work is a joy'
(Classic Rock The Blues)

'Harrison's got a fine style on that resonator guitar ... he's certainly got the licks to count.'
(HiFi Plus magazine)



The Band

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Mark plays in various line-ups. His top-class band consists of some of London's most highly regarded roots musicians and together they make a unique sound. With a very flexible set-up, he performs as solo, duo, trio, quartet, 5-piece and 6-piece with any or all of:

'he has inspired a great band of young musicians and displays the right mix of tradition, creativity and musical excellence'
(The Blues Hour)

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The Albums

After releasing his debut CD, Watching The Parade (2010), which was extremely well- received, Mark quickly became an established artist in London, playing and headlining at all the main roots music venues. His current CD, Crooked Smile, has been unanimously praised by influential and knowledgeable figures across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews.

'rich and charming songs …. gasp-inducing virtuosity …. superb ideas'
(Classic Rock The Blues)

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One of the songs from the current album, Honeyboy, was nominated for Best Original Song in the British Blues Awards for 2013.

'his curiously timeless songs remain steeped in the spirit of the Mississippi blues'
(Messenger Newspapers)

Mark's albums feature entirely original songs on all manner of subjects, and top quality production and musicianship. In addition, they include lyrics booklets and stunning and much-acclaimed artwork by WeareFrank. They are produced by Charles Benfield and engineered by award-winning producer Sonny Simpson, who ensure that the music is presented in the most authentic way.

'This sumptuously packaged album'
(Blues in Britain)

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Live performances

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Mark has been doing over 100 gigs a year for the past three years. As well as performing regularly in London, Mark and the band are playing at festivals, arts centres and other venues around the UK. Recent gigs in London have included the prestigious Green Note and Round Midnight and other recent appearances have included the top folk festivals Leigh and Purbeck, and Ealing Blues Festival (the biggest blues event in the UK). Radio sessions have included a one-hour special guest appearance on Jazz FM's Blues and Boogie show and sessions for such well-respected shows as Raven & Blues, Blues Train Radio, Roots & Fusion and House of Mercy.

'With his gifted finger-picking and slide guitar techniques, Harrison has developed a distinctive style, supported by a group of versatile musicians'
(R2 magazine)

'it's easy to see why Mark's music has been so popular with audiences of different persuasions, not just blues fans'
(FATEA)

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Mark and the band are very much going places and fast acquiring a reputation for the originality of the songs and the unique nature of their sound.















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Crooked Smile
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