Mark Abis: Biography
Dj Alchemy claims that legendary Producer (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, REM) 'Joe Boyd' is not a man you can easily impress! Yet, Joe Boyd has written the following about Mark Abis: 'Going back to the mid-Sixties, I have heard more than any one man's share of singer-songwriter's. So it takes a lot to get my attention. His melodies are original, his vocals warm and distinctive, a real musical sensibility is obvious, with literary lyrics to boot. My vote for one of the best of the new generation.'
Mark's talent has also been recognised by others, including the beautiful Emiliana Torrini who recorded a version of the 'Abis' penned song 'Summerbreeze' on her 'Love in the time of Science album'.
"Summerbreeze" has also been featured on television programmes including Brothers & Sisters, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The song was included on the 2003 official soundtrack album Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale.
His song "For a Woman's Love" was featured on the television programme Eli Stone.
Abis first cut his teeth in the cafes and folk cellars of London where he performed his spell binding set alongside future stars such as Keziah Jones, Paddy Casey and The Hank Dogs.' He later formed a working relationship with Francis Eg White (Producer and Ivor Novello winner) who produced 'Changing Inside' Abis''first album.
This much lauded singer songwriter currently resides in Somerset where he continues to write, record and perform. Performance is a key part of his creative process where he discards barriers between himself and his audience….And with each live appearance, he always gives that little bit extra, leaving his audience in no doubt….that they have truly witnessed something wonderfully unique.
A review in 'Triste Magazine’ possibly describes Mark Abis, the Performer best …..
'It's just Mark Abis goes for that sound so many aim to emulate: poignant lyrics and a rousing chorus, meaning his listeners really take something away with them.'
This year sees Abis adding to his recording prowess, he is currently recording new material with David Watson, who has worked with Eric Clapton and the late Bert Jansch!
Abis is available throughout the year; between March 2011 – May 2012
His set can range from the simplicity of one man and guitar to a full band comprising Drums, Bass Keyboards, percussion and strings.
The show proposed here is for a solo, one man show.
Biography written by Ciara Nolan (Ex Producer for EMI Records, David Bowie, Hunter S.Thompson, Shirley Bassey)
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