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A versatile musician and songwriter, Mark Mulholland's extensive repertoire spans a wide range of styles and influences, including Celtic folk, country, reggae, blues, jazz and rock. His assured and inventive guitar playing encompasses delicate fingerpicking, fine slide playing and a powerful sense of rhythm, combined with a subtle and distinctive voice which is instantly recognisable. Mark has developed a unique and individual style which is unmistakably his own.
His finely crafted songs include haunting and emotive works, perceptive reflections on the experiences of life, exuberant celebrations of travel, love, friendship and drink, and entertaining parodies of different musical styles, all delivered with a confidence that commands the attention of audiences everywhere.
Born in Glasgow in 1968, Mark has been travelling and making his living from playing music for almost 20 years. He started playing in bands while at university in Edinburgh, then spent a year studying philosophy in France before leaving his studies to concentrate solely on music. For a couple of years he toured Europe with the band The Purple Rizla Experience, then settled in Prague in 1992, becoming a key figure in The Oul’ Bogwarriors, a loose configuration boasting many great musicians and songwriters within its ranks. For several years he split his time largely between Prague and Ireland, where he also had a band and a solo career.
In 1995, Mark formed the band Impure Thoughts with a couple of other Prague musicians, spending a year in Ireland writing songs and playing around the country. In 1996 they set off on an open-ended tour taking in 10 European countries. On reaching Berlin, the van died, leaving the band stranded there. Mark and another member decided to stay, and the band recorded two albums, "Life and How to Ignore it", and "Lights Ahead". Mark now plays in the acoustic folk/country/blues band Two Dollar Bash, who have released three albums, "Two Dollar Bash", "On the Road", and "Lost River". The band tours extensively around Europe and North America, and has been invited for the third successive year to the prestigious SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March 2009, as well as to the Folk Alliance Annual Conference in Memphis in February. Mark also plays regular solo concerts which have built up a dedicated following both in Berlin and around Europe, and is also in demand as a session musician, having made recordings over the years with Nikki Sudden, Captain Sensible, Phil Shoenfelt and many other artists. For many years he hosted a weekly session which was one of the main meeting points for musicians in Berlin, and together with a friend he opened an international second-hand bookshop, East of Eden, in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin, which is a venue for many concerts and readings and a favourite haunt of musicians, writers and artists. Mark is also a partner in the Berlin record label Cannery Row Records,
Mark’s solo album “The Devil on the Stairs”, recorded and co-produced by Australian producer Dugald Jayes, has been remastered and is now released as a double album, together with a bonus track and a live concert recording from the legendary 12 Bar Club in London, by Troubadour, the new contemporary folk offshoot of UK label EASY ACTION.