'I'm fortunate enough to play with the best musicians you could find anywhere' Mark Harrison
CHARLES BENFIELD: double bass / vocals
Charles is a brilliant and much admired double bass player and the lynchpin of the whole thing. He produced, mixed and mastered the first three albums. He's a terrific musician, who knows everything I don't know - a pretty broad field that appears to be getting bigger all the time. He does fine vocals too. I do a lot of duo gigs with Charles, it works incredibly well.
ED HOPWOOD: drums/percussion/harmonica/vocals
Ed’s drumming style perfectly matches the material and adds hugely to what I’m doing. He’s a natural for this kind of music and always comes up with something that’s both interesting and right. He also plays an array of percussion, including washboard. On top of that, he’s an exceptional harmonica player and contributes fine harmony vocals. I do lots of duo gigs with Ed too and that works great.
Other fine musicians who have played with me:
PAUL TKACHENKO: mandolin/organ/piano/accordion
Paul is a straight down the line genius multi-instrumentalist who makes a big contribution to the current album, Turpentine. He came highly recommended to me by Will (below), we played a storming set at Ealing Blues Festival literally five minutes after we actually first met, and then he came and put layers of brilliance on the album.
WILL GREENER: harmonica
Will is an extraordinary harmonica player who is a complete individualist. He doesn't just play brilliantly, he does things that are both unexpected and just right. You have no idea what a harmonica can sound like until you’ve heard (and seen) Will in full flight. He played with me right from the start, until he went to start a new life abroad. He’s on the first three albums.
JOSIENNE CLARKE: vocals/sax/flute
Josienne has an astonishing voice that works wonderfully with my songs. She was in the band for three years, we did many many gigs together and she is on the second and third albums. When she took lead vocal, rooms stopped and heads turned. Her harmonies were a treat too. She and Ben are a thriving folk duo.
BEN WALKER: mandolin/electric guitar
Ben is a very gifted musician who was with me for three years and two albums and a whole lot of gigs. He made a big contribution, his mandolin playing an integral part of the sound.
GUY BENNETT: piano
Probably the first musician I came across when I started out in London, and I doubt I’ve come across a better one since. Great singer, guitarist and songwriter, he played keyboards on The World Outside.
RYAN CARR: mandolin/vocals
Ryan is an amazing mandolin player, who played with me at the start and featured prominently on Crooked Smile. After three years, and a great many gigs and adventures, he returned to his native Canada.
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