The duo bring Celtic ties to Thatcham Festival
It was great to hear Thatcham musician Mark Turauskis – him from Mark T and the Brickbats – as he experiences some sort of ‘resurgence’ after lockdown with a new solo album in February 2022 and concerts in Bath, Ipswich , Bracknell, Hereford and Reading – âYes concerts! He jokes. âI remember them! “
In fact, Mark and Paul Hancock have been performing a lot lately – at Lambourn in late August and they made the music for Romeo and Juliet at Reading Abbey in July as part of their 900th Abbey celebration. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to have their 1000th celebration though!”
West Berkshire will have a rare opportunity to see Paul and Mark perform at the Thatcham Festival, Old Bluecoat School, on October 12 (8pm).
Paul Hancock and Mark T play instrumental music from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Britain.
They began performing together in 1980 and became resident artists at The Cap and Gown Folk Club in Reading and The Nettlebed Folk Club.
In 1981, they had their first major exhibition when they became street champions of southern England.
This led to radio and television appearances and articles in all of the major music and entertainment magazines of the time.
In 1981 and 1982, they made two tours in Brittany as well as in the north of England. Since then, they have continued to perform together, albeit intermittently, as a duo and as part of the world music group Mark T and the Brickbats.
In 1996 they released the critically acclaimed CD A Parting Gift and in 2015 they were commissioned to write a cycle of melodies to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thatcham Nature Discovery center – which became Song of the Wetlands, a mix of original and Celtic music.
For tickets and more information visit Mark’s website https://www.marktmusic.co.uk