Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Mark Harrison NEW SINGLE 'One Small Suitcase' Out 7th September 2018 From New Album 'One Small Suitcase' Out September 2018

An artist described by R2 Rock n Reel Magazine as ‘Roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ . Radio 2’s Paul Jones simply said “Really excellent.”

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. With his band, or in solo or duo form, he is widely considered one of the most remarkable artists currently operating in the UK.

The Panoramic View is the brand new album from Mark Harrison. Out in September the lead track from the album is entitle ‘One Small Suitcase’ and is also released in September.

His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and the band 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 unique 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. Marks’ magnum opus, it is all set to bring him much wider recognition. THE PANORAMIC VIEW features 15 original songs in his trademark style. Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics that 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. On THE PANORAMIC VIEW, Mark, on National & 12-string guitars and vocals, is joined by a cast of A-List musicians in a wide variety of line-ups. At the core is his regular band of Charles Benfield (double bass) and Ben Welburn (drums and percussion), and they are joined by the superlative Paddy Milner (piano), Paul Tkachenko (tuba, trombone, trumpet, mandolin) and Ed Hopwood (harmonica). A unique feature of the album is the spoken introduction for each song by TV presenter and personality Gail Porter. Superbly produced by Tim Bazell of Heart of Gold Studios in London, THE PANORAMIC VIEW (release date 7 September 2018) and as with Mark’s previous albums, it is beautifully packaged, with superb artwork by We Are Frank.

Live dates :

Aug 25 : Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival
ug 26 : Great British Rhythm n Blues Festival
Sep 20 : Big Town Social, Huddersfield
Oct 14 : Tap n Barrel, Pontefract

‘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)

‘Wonderful rootsy blues ….. innovative’ (Jazz FM)

‘Singular lyrics …an original take on song writing’ (Blues in Britain)

‘Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir …. bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base.’ (Blues Matters)

Mark Harrison keeps getting better‘ (Classic Rock Magazine)

‘Wonderful rootsy blues ….. innovative …… if Top Of The Pops was still around, he might well be on it’ (Jazz FM)

‘Roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ (R2 Magazine)

‘He plays beautifully and writes songs that both move the listener and produce a wry smile … he creates a bond between singer and audience that is rare in this day and age’ (Music News)

‘he has a wonderful ability to take unexpected subjects, twist and tune them up with humour, innovation and downright originality’ (Cashbox Canada/Elmore Magazine US)

‘The roots music genre at its most vibrant and life-enhancing’ (Messenger Newspapers) ‘fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor’ (Folkwords)

‘Singular lyrics …an original take on song writing’ (Blues in Britain)

‘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)

‘Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir …. bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base.’ (Blues Matters)