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Mark Harrison - Bullfrog Blues Club - Thursday 1st June

The Bullfrog Blues Club is proud to present the excellent MARK HARRISON 
this Thursday, 1st June. I've heard so many good things about Mark from
promoters all over the country that I just HAD to book him!

Rather than to send my thoughts, here's Mark -straight from the horse's
mouth, as it were! 

"Blues is pretty much the only kind of music that had stood the test of
time. I assembled something of a collection of the greats, from Charley
Patton to Muddy via Blind Willie McTell and the first Sonny Boy Williamson.
I read a lot of books about their world and their music. It all spoke to me
in mysterious ways.

I decided to buy a resonator. While trying out new ones in a London shop, I
was directed to a recent arrival. `The way you play, you'll like this one,'
I was told. It was still in its case. It was a 1934 National Trojan, a
wood-body resonator. `It's got a sweet sound but it'll bite if you want it
to,' the man said. He was right. Eric Bibb had just brought it in. Fate. Of
living blues artists, he was the one I'd most cottoned on to. Naturally, I
bought the guitar.

I asked some of the fine musicians I'd played regularly with to play on my
first album, "WatchingThe Parade".-- Charles Benfield (double bass), Ryan
Carr (mandolin), Ed Hopwood (drums) and Will Greener (harmonica). The
centrepiece is the National guitar, but I play 12-string and 6-string and
electric guitars on there too.

Over the following couple of years I played a couple of hundred gigs all
over London  -- some solo, many with the band, including supporting such
fine touring US artists as The Holmes Brothers and Doug MacLeod. There were
radio appearances too.

In 2012, we recorded the second album, "Crooked Smile", with two additions
to the band, Josienne Clarke (vocals) and Ben Walker (mandolin/electric
guitar). The album went down very well, one of the songs, "Honeyboy", got
nominated for Best Original Song in the British Blues Awards and gigging
increased. I did my first few festivals then too, including an
unforgettable set at Purbeck Folk Festival, with the whole 6-piece band.

In 2014, I released "The World Outside", with the same line-up. By this
time, I was doing gigs all over the country, radio sessions such as Jazz
FM, and getting interviews and features in press and online. We played at a
number of very good festivals, such as Love Supreme and Ealing Blues, and a
real highlight was when Ed Hopwood & I played Celtic Connections in
Glasgow, headlining my own sell out concert there.

In 2015, I put out the live album, "On The Chicken Sandwich Train"  which
reached  to #3 in the UK Independent Broadcasters Association chart. I also
got nominated in the British Blues Awards in the Acoustic and Songwriter
categories. We played at some top festivals such as Bearded Theory and

2016 saw the release of the  "Turpentine" album -- the line-up was  now me,
Charles and Ed

I started with no aim at all, but the whole thing has gathered its own
momentum. I get to play at fantastic places all over the country, all sorts
of different kinds of event, and all sorts of  audiences. I'm amazed to
find that people buy tickets to see me, come up to me and say such nice
things about the songs. And it's great how much they enjoy the talking
between the songs, which seems to have become a major part of my live
shows. Plus I get to play with such fine musicians, and to meet nice human
beings wherever I go".

So, there you have it!

Check out Mark's website -  and

 MARK HARRISON is at The Bullfrog Blues Club, Onslow Rd., Southsea, PO52NH.
Doors open at 8 p.m Advance tickets are available just 8 via our website
-- via Paypal at , and also from Street
Level Music, 139 Albert Rd, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SQ