Firstly, Mark was born at a very early age. After he learnt to fiddle, he took up the violin and became a member of The Bushwackers, Finn MacCool and a plethora of other great bands… but not Boney M or Sherbet. His love of Irish music, landed him guest appearances with Shane McGowan, Christy Moore and The Wolftones.
He found that by combining the use of long notes and short notes, together with high and low notes, other musicians really dug what he could do. As a result he established himself as a sort-after player in the genres of Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Folk rock, Pop, Contemporary, Indie, Blues, Jazz, Dance, Grunge, Hip-Hop, Hop Hip, Somalian Rattle’n’Roll and World Music amongst others.
Mark’s not sure just how many notes he’s played over his career so far, but it’s definitely more than 12, and probably more notes than Jamie Oliver has provided hot school dinners.
He chanced his way to Round Mountain whilst holidaying in his Wannabeabaygo – a motorhome of ginormous dimensions. Setting the controls to auto-pilot on the M1, he set about making himself a cup of tea in the back. He awoke on a futon in a mountain shed, being head massaged by a lady of the mountain, with no knowledge of how he came to be there. If you look carefully, you can still see the tea stain on his pants.