MARK ‘N THE BLUES – BIO
Let Mark’s passion for the blues take you on a journey to the deep south where the Delta blues was born, through the ages and styles from past to present. In his show Mark incorporates instruments such as the Resonator guitar with slide, Cigar Box guitar and a stomp box to keep the beat.
Mark has always had a deep seated passion and love for the acoustic blues. This passion was cultivated when he met John Morris (Brother John) from the Blues Preachers, who developed in him a love for songs from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Manse Lipscombe and many others from the era.
Mark has now put together his new solo act, ‘Mark ‘N the Blues’, where he uses the acoustic guitar and resonator to punch out classic delta and country blues in a unique picking style he learnt from Brother John.
Mark Bishop was born and bred in Sydney. He started learning guitar at the age of 14 from well respected jazz musician, Dennis King, who in his younger days played the infamous Trocadero in Sydney. After starting out in a couple of bands at school, playing classics from Cream and Deep Purple, Mark went on to play bass and rhythm guitar for various rock and country bands around clubs in West Sydney and the country areas.
As a guitarist and vocalist Mark has performed around the Sydney club circuit now for over 30 years. He is also now branching out to perform at several blues, folk and country festivals around Australia including the Katoomba Blues and Roots festival.
The Mark ‘N The Blues show has appeared at venues around Sydney including Mr Falcon’s at Glebe; Macquarie Arms Windsor; Rozelle Markets; Cat & Fiddle Balmain; The Bridge Hotel Rozelle; Collector Hotel Parramatta and the iconic Brass Monkey in Cronulla to name a few.
Mark’s influences have been many and varied but his greatest influence probably comes from Eric Clapton. Mark aspires to play Clapton’s songs with some credibility.
Musical Influences: Eric Clapton; Arlo Guthrie; Muddy Waters; Robert Johnson; Cat Stevens; James Taylor.
Mission Statement: To revive, nurture and showcase the era and story of the Delta Blues and educate audiences on the origins of the genre.