Mark Dennis, live at the Ethical Glass, as part of We Shall Overcome Liverpool, 01/10/2015.
Mark Dennis is a guitarist from Cheshire – a quiet sort of chap who has been slowly building a reputation with his eclectic guitar style in and around the North West of England.
Inspired by a combination of diverse influences, from early Mississippi Delta blues guitarists, the dexterity of the Italian born composer Antonio Forcioni, singer songwriter John Martyn electronic wizardy and production skills of William Orbit through to world class players such as , Adrian Belew, Rory Gallagher, Bill Nelson, Martin Simpson & Jeff Beck – the list is by no means exhaustive.
While writing, performes and recording his own music, his main instrument is a handmade steel strung acoustic guitar. Fluent guitar work is combined with stimulating songs, finger picking & tapping techniques – sometimes with a slide – sometimes using an ‘e-bow’, sometimes de-tuning his guitar mid-song, creates an intriguing, effortless and captivating ambient soundscape – while delivering deep and intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventive covers to his own original compositions.
Mark has played with Tim Hart (Steelye Span), Henry Priestman (The Christians), Les Glover, Pete Riley, Steve Blackstone, Dave Sharp (The Alarm), Andy Williams (Hot Chocolate, Errol Brown & Tony Christie), Mal Holmes (OMD) The King Bees, He has opened shows for acts such as Toyah Wilcox, China Crisis, Thomas Lang Sarah McQuaid and Ian McNabb and while collaborating with Jay Diggins has supported Bruce Foxton’s ‘From the Jam’ and ‘The South’ (formerly The Beautiful South).
Once described as a ‘one man orchestra’, his playing and vocals, have seen audience reactions from a pin-drop silence to rapturous applause, he has received many favourable comments about his idiosyncratic style of guitar playing and singing.
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