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I first caught Mark Newman in a Leicester folk dub in the middle sixties. I remember him as brilliant blues guitarist in the Davy Graham style, performing jazzy instrumentals interspersed with humorous and ragtime songs.

He was then teacher training and he subsequently moved upwards in the education world, but has now retired and is available for music work. Educations loss is folk music's gain.

Two of the 6 songs are by Norman Blake another is Mississippi John (about Mississippi John Hurt an early influence on Mark) and includes Deep River Blues. The instrumentals are mainly traditional ,for instance, She moves through the fair, The Blackbird, Currah of Kildare and two of Kathryn Tickell's - Our Kate and Rothbury Road.

His celebrated brother - Chris who functions both as musician and joint producer, joins him.

As you would expect the playing is immaculate and I look forward to seeing him in live performance.

www.obm.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mark_newman

Ivan North.

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