Alba Griot Ensemble to play at Festival Acoustic Bamako, and album in progress, Rummage album soon to be released, Through a Glass Brightly CD and DVD release, music used in Frankétienne documentary, Two Dollar Bash to play festival in France, Joe Armstrong album release...
2016 is getting off to a busy start indeed! Mark travelled to Scotland in December with his friend Yacouba Sissoko, a multi-instrumentalist from Bamako to record with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine and the Grammy-winning producer David Odlum. In an intensive session over 10 days, they recorded the basis of an album entitled "The Darkness between the Leaves", and the project has now taken the name Alba Griot Ensemble. The group will play at a new international music festival in Mali organised by Toumani Diabate, Festival Acoustic Bamako, on the bill with Damon Albarn, Taj Mahal, M and Tony Allen. Tony Allen contributed drums to 3 tracks on the album in Paris, and other guests will be invited to participate in recording sessions during the festival.
In 2014, Mark recorded an album in San Francisco with his friends and long-time musical colleagues Rusty Miller and James Finch Jr. under the band name Rummage. The album, "Somewhere Else", produced by James Finch Jr, contains 12 songs of Mark's, mostly new compositions, and will be released on Cannery Row Records in May 2016.
This spring Cannery Row are also releasing the first solo album of Mark's long-time friend and musical colleague Joe Armstrong. The album is provisionally entitled "New Planet" and features 3 songs co-written by Mark, and a guest spot playing guitar on one song. Joe and Mark will be hooking up with their colleagues from Two Dollar Bash to play at the Cooksound Festival in Forcalquier, France, July 14-18, 2016.
The award-winning Haitian film-maker Arnold Antonin has released a full-length documentary on the Haitian poet, painter and playwright Frankétienne, which features excerpts from "Chaophonies", the album that Mark recorded with Frankétienne, as well as live footage of performances by the duo.
Another Cannery Row release is the CD and DVD "Through a Glass Brightly" - an animated film made by the Austrian film-maker Nikki Schuster combining the stained glass art, drawings and writings of Mark's mother Claire, who died in 2013, with music composed and recorded by Mark. Proceeds from sales will go to support St Margaret's Hospice in Glasgow.
Recording with Craig Ward, Hannes d'Hoine and Yacouba Sissoko, songwriting collaboration with Joe Armstrong, tour of Mali with Yacouba Sissoko...
Mark will travel to Scotland in late November with the Malian multi-instrumentalist Yacouba Sissoko for a recording session with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine for their new album, provisionally entitled "The Darkness between the Leaves". The album, which is the follow-up to "Waiting for the Storm", which Mark, Craig and Hannes released in 2012, will be produced by David Odlum, and will be recorded at the Scottish session, and a subsequent one in Mali in January/February.
Mark has been working with his old friend and long-time musical colleague Joe Armstrong, collaborating on material for Joe's first solo album, which has the working title "Place and Time", and will be released on Cannery Row Records in 2016. The pair have written three songs together for the album, which will feature alongside Joe's own compositions and songs by other friends including Sean Condron and Dave Leporati.
In November, Mark will be doing an 8 date tour of the Sikasso region of Mali as a duo with Yacouba Sissoko. The tour is organised by the Malian cultural association Acte Sept with a view to promoting cultural activities in rural parts of the country, and each gig will be shared with a local band. For venues and dates, check the gigs page.
New recording with Tony Allen, new band - Rummage - album "Somewhere Else" coming soon, work started on new album with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine, projects in Mali, DVD/CD release...
In June 2014, Mark worked on a project in Haiti with the legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, along with Sanba Zao and other top Haitian percussionists, bassist Jean-Philippe Dary, and electronic musician Olaf Hund. The collaboration culminated in a concert on the Champ de Mars, the main square of Port-au-Prince, which was broadcast live on national television, and the recordings of the project may form the basis of an album. During the week of rehearsals, Tony, Jean-Philippe and Olaf backed up Mark for a solo concert, and the spontaneous chemistry that happened during this gig inspired the 4 musicians to get together for a recording session in Paris in November 2014, where they recorded 4 of Mark's songs. In June 2015 Tony and Jean-Philippe are coming to Bamako, where Mark will join them for two concerts with some of the finest musicians in Mali, including Toumani, Sidiki and Madou Diabate, Bafousseni Kouyate, Cheick Tidiane Seck and many others.
Photo: Bruno Lemonnier
In May 2014, Mark recorded a new album in San Francisco with his friends and long-time musical colleagues Rusty Miller and James Finch Jr. under the band namme Rummage. The album, "Somewhere Else", produced by James Finch Jr, contains 12 songs of Mark's, mostly new compositions, and will be released in 2015.
Artwork: Andy Leuenberger
Mark has started work on a new album with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine, as a follow up to the critically acclaimed "Waiting for the Storm". The trio spent a week in March in France arranging the songs and making demos, and will record the album later in the year.
Since moving to Mali in September, Mark has been working on a series of different projects with various Malian musicians, including the singer and kamelengoni player Baba MD, the kora maestro Madou Sidiki Diabate, percussionist Cheickne Sissoko, multi-instrumentalist Yacouba Sissoko, singer Pamela Badjogo and keyboard player Cheick Tidiane Seck, with whom he recently composed and recorded the soundtrack to a new performance by the choreographer Aly Karembe.
Mark's album with the great Haitian poet Frankétienne, "Chaophonies", received great reviews on its release in the UK and Belgium ("artistically triumphant" - The Telegraph, "mesmerising, just amazing" - BBC Radio Scotland, "sublime, a truly great album", RifRaf, Belgium°
Mark's mother, Claire Mulholland, was an accomplished stained glass artist, painter and writer. Shortly before her death in 2013, Mark composed and recorded a series of improvised instrumental guitar pieces inspired by two series of her windows, exploring the relationship between music and colour. The Austrian film-maker Nikki Schuster combined the music with animated images of Claire's glass and drawings, plus some of her writings and recordings of her reading her poems. The film will soon be released on DVD, with an accompanying audio CD, with all profits going to support St Margaret's Hospice in Glasgow, where Claire spent the last weeks of her life.
Mark has completed an album with the Haitian poet, dramatist, painter and actor Frankétienne, entitled "Chaophonies". Mark composed music for a selection of texts by Frankétienne, and the pair did a very successful performance of the work as part of the cultural programme of the contemporary art exhibition "Haïti Royaume de ce Monde" in Jacmel, Haiti on March 23rd, 2013. The reaction encouraged them to record an album of the project, which was released in spring 2014 by Cannery Row Records and Jezus Factory Records. Mark and Frankétienne will be performing "Chaophonies" as a duo at the Maison de la Poésie in Paris on March 15th 2014, and at the Alliance française in Glasgow on March 21st.
Mark has co-written two songs with his former bandmate Joe Armstrong, which will figure on Joe's forthcoming solo album, and has also recently collaborated on a recording project with Paris-based American singer/songwriter Brisa Roché.
The British music magazine R2 has a two page feature on Mark in its November/December 2012 issue, and "All the doors are open", from "Waiting for the Storm", is included on the covermount CD.
"Waiting for the Storm"continues to get fantastic reviews, with R2 giving it 5 stars from 5, and describing it as "one of the best records of 2012", a view endorsed by 6 Days from Tomorrow, who placed the album at number 21 in their list of the top 30 albums of the year. Green Man Review describes it as « different, creative, challenging, intriguing, unique and very satisfying », and Misfit City as "a magical listen". Check the reviews page for details of these and other great write-ups in Mudkiss, Fatea, Q, the Telegraph, the Irish Times, Beat Surrender and Lonesome Highway.
Mark is playing regularly in Port-au-Prince, accompanied by Haitian percussionist Zikiki and Argentinian guitarist Andres Casalaspro.
"Waiting for the Storm" will be released in November through Jezus Factory Records in Germany via Broken Silence Distribution, and in the Benelux territories through Sonic Rendezvous Distribution. The album has continued to get great reviews, including one recently in The Irish Times.
Mark will be attending the WOMEX world music salon and trade fair from 17-21st October 2012, in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he will be participating in a conference on Thursday 18th at 15h00, along with musician Tori Sparks and promoter Rob Ellen, entitled "In Times of Crisis, Think "Indie" Why the DIY business model works, regardless of music genre" __________________________________________________
Mark is touring in late August and early September with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine, to promote their album "Waiting for the Storm", released by Jezus Factory Records in the UK on September 3rd. Check the gigs page for tour dates. The album was picked by the Telegraph's Martin Chilton as one of five "summer treats of British folk music",(see reviews page) and has been getting airplay on stations around the country including BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster.
Mark completed a successful tour in Holland, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic in February and early March with Craig Ward and Hannes d'Hoine playing songs from their new album "Waiting for the Storm", which will be released in summer 2012.
"The Cactus and the Dragon" has been released in the UK, and has been getting some very good reactions - check the reviews page for details.
Two Dollar Bash's 4th album, "New Adventures", is released in the UK on April 23rd, and has already been getting some great reviews. Check the band website for details.
Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward have just completed the mastering of their new album, "Waiting for the Storm", with Jean Marnay and Bruno Lemonnier at Kadence Studio, at Chaville, outside Paris. Recorded in Berlin, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Port-au-Prince, the album represents their own take on the British folk tradition of Graham, Jansch, Renbourn et al, and as well as Mark and Craig, features Belgian double bass player Hannes d'Hoine and a guest appearance by the Haitian poet, painter, playwright and actor Frankétienne. Mark, Craig and Hannes will be touring in Europe in late February, and the album will be released later in the year by Cannery Row Records in Berlin and Jezus Factory Records in London.
(photo by Bruno Lemonnier)
New album, "The Cactus and the Dragon", now available worldwide on all major download platforms. It will be released in the UK on February 7th.
CD Release Party Lovelite, Berlin, Friday September 30th
Mark is now living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he is working in a recording studio and rehearsal space with local bands, as well as collaborating with several more established Haitian artists. He will be returning to Europe every few months to continue with his projects there.
He has been working on a new spoken word and music performance with Frankétienne, the Nobel Prize-nominated Haitian poet, novelist, dramatist, painter and actor. The piece was performed for the first time at the Institut Français en Haïti in Port-au-Prince on March 4th.
Mark's new solo album, "The Cactus and the Dragon", will be released in August by Cannery Row Records. You can hear one of the songs on the CDs/MP3s page. The new Two Dollar Bash album, "New Adventures", will be released in September.
The album he is recording with Craig Ward is nearing completion, and should be finished this summer.
He has been performing with various Haitian artists, including Jean Jean Roosevelt, with whom he played a concert at the Haitian Ministry of Culture on Tuesday 28th September, and played guitar on Jean Jean's forthcoming single "Y a Danger". Mark will be returning to Europe every few months to continue with his projects there, including a new Two Dollar Bash album, which is currently in preparation, and an album that he is recording with former deUs guitarist Craig Ward. Mark's second solo album, "The Cactus and the Dragon", is now mixed, and will be released early in 2011.
Showcase at CMJ, New York, October 22nd -
Mark has been invited to play a showcase at the prestigious CMJ festival in New York. He will be playing at Googie's, the upstairs venue at the Living Room, on Friday October 22nd, 8.30pm
Showcase at MaMA, Paris October 15-16, US (re)release -
Mark will be playing a showcase at MaMA, a new festival
and conference in Paris. He will also be performing with New Zealand singer-songwriter Flip Grater at her showcase at the same festival. See gigs page for details, and you can check out the event at this
"The Devil on the Stairs" will be released in France through Differ-ant Distribution on October 4th.
After a change in distributors,
"The Devil on the Stairs" was released in the US on
July 13th through Redeye Distribution.
Gig in Paris, label showcase in Berlin - Mark
is back in Europe after a successful tour in the States, where
he played 18 gigs and two radio shows in San Francisco, Sacramento,
LA, Placerville, Austin (SXSW showcase), New York and Philadelphia.
Throughout the tour, Mark was playing with San Francisco-based
singer-songwriter James Finch Jr.(www.jamesfinchjr.com),
and was also joined on some gigs by Rusty Miller, Sean Condron
and Bill Hangley Jr. While in San Francisco, local musician
Jeffrey Luck Lucas wrote string arrangements for a couple of
songs on Mark's forthcoming album, which Jeff and violinist
Carey Lamprecht recorded in a session at James's flat.
will be playing on Wed April 21st as part of
an exhibition and concert organised by Parisian artist Anna
O, at La Generale, 14, Av. Parmentier,
75011 Paris, before returning to Berlin for a gig at 7
Stufen (Großbeerenstraße 32, Kreuzberg)
on Sunday April 25th with Allen Devine.
April 30th, Cannery Row Records is
organising a showcase concert with 9 acts at the Berlin Club
Lovelite, Simplonstr. 38, (S-Bhf Ostkreuz),
including Two Dollar Bash, Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz,
Strip me Naked, Allen Devine.
at SXSW, March 2010 - Mark
has been invited to perform a showcase at the prestigious SXSW
festival in Austin, Texas, March 17-21 2010
Festival Tout-Petits Cinéma - Paris Forum
des Images - Mark has been commissioned to write and
perform soundtrack music for 3 Japanese animated films from