Mark Harrison’s highly individual, all-original music has been going 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. Mark has taken the style of the early blues and folk/blues innovators, and given it totally modern relevance. His songs all have something to say or a story to tell. With their memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong rhythms, they make people think, smile and move. He is doing something genuinely fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of ‘old’ music to produce something brand new and totally relevant to the present day.
Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist.
Mark is a thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. He appears solo and with band, his band consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians. With them he has released four albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay (including BBC) and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.
Recently Mark has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, where his headline concert was a sell-out, and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He also received two nominations in the British Blues Awards (Songwriter & Acoustic) in both 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he released his eagerly anticipated new studio album Turpentine. He is currently touring all over the UK.
‘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)
Ed Hopwood returns to Green Note with new material and new instruments (probably at least one of them homemade). Ed brings together his multi-instrumental skills: harmonica, percussion, guitar and vocals to forge a sound that’s grounded in American roots styles with a significant British twist to the songwriting. In addition to London venues, Ed’s recently being entertaining crowds at festivals including Fire on the mountain and festival no.6.