Black is reinventing the blues genre for a modern audience.
Combining roots based swamp blues with contemporary songwriting
he has mesmerized audiences from outback Australia to
New York. More than a blues artist Mark delivers a dynamic,
energetic performance with driving slide guitars and foot
stomping delta blues.
has played alongside some of the biggest names in the
Australian music scene including You Am I, The Superjesus,
Taxiride and Diesel. Since returning to Ireland in late
2004 he has been invited to share the stage with the
likes of Paddy Casey, Jerry Fish and The Mud Bug Club,
The Walls and Tom Bresh (USA). Mark was a special guest
of BBC Radio Ulster for their 2004 New Years Eve Show
where he performed live and also closed the show with
a version of Robert Johnsons Crossroads,
accompanied by guitarist Pete O Hanlon.
saw the release of Mark Blacks critically acclaimed
debut album, Midnight Ramblings of a demented
Irishman. This album was produced and recorded
in Byron Bay, Australia and Mastered by Don Bartley
(Metallica, INXS, Alanis Morisette, Tommy Emmanuel).
Songs from the album received extensive airplay on national
radio stations Triple J and ABC in Australia.
Mark is also often joined by his band The Malevolent
Few, comprising of bassist Stephen Cleary (Henry Girls)
and drummer Leo Doherty. Featuring Mark on electric
and acoustic guitars and lap steel, The Malevolent Few
deliver an energetic rock and blues show reminiscent
of powerhouse blues trios of the 60s and 70s
such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix or Rory Gallagher.