Knutsford Music Festival

Had a great time playing american folk music outside the Cheshire Cheese at the

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival. Really looking forward to next Friday when we are supporting

Pilgrims Way as part of Mark Radcliffe Presents Folk At The Theatre (Knutsford Little Theatre, 7.30pm

22nd June). It promises to be a brilliant night and the shows on Saturday and Sunday are going to be great as well (I have my tickets).

Lucas Marks at the Whiskey Jar

Three of us played last night at the Whiskey Jar open mike session in the Northern Quarter.

What a nice venue and such a welcoming host. All the acts were of an excellent standard and the evening was quite varied. We had a great reaction to our three original songs. Thankyou to everyone involved - we will definitely be returning again some time soon!

Lucas Marks at the Wharf

We had brilliant time last night at Macclesfield's premier music pub "The Wharf".

Thankyou to everyone who came along and supported us - it was a very special night! 

New Album Release!

Lucas Marks fans were exultant today on the release of his second album "Winter On Your Mind".

A brilliant collection of varied songs which works well as a coherent album when listened right through  but also showcases Lucas Mark's diversity as a songwriter (the individual songs are all excellent in their own right!).

Ranging from the rock numbers ("Fifteen Minutes" and "Love's Impermanent Glow" through guitar folk  ("Jumped Up Folk Singer" and "Acoustic", a particularly fine song), to the "country blues sound of "Get It Out Of My Kitchen", the first part of the album is immediatley quite diverse

There is quieter more philosophical vibe with "Alice"  (I think there are some echos of Nick Drake here). The first side ends (on the vinyl version) with "Lonely Hearts" slightly more upbeat but continuing the philosphical theme.

On the second side Lucas uses a bookending technique in which the second part of the album is framed by two closely linked tracks (a bit reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" or Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick", not used enough by other artists in my view...) as he laments the passing of the "Great American Cowboy".

For me its at this point where the album really takes off. "When The Cuckoo Sings" is just brilliant with its lively folk-rock sound and harmonic fiddle riff!

"We Got A Love" is a perky little number which keeps the upbeat feeling and folk-rock style featuring bazouki and more fiddle.

The atmospheric title track then leaves the listener with some final mellow philosophical thoughts (a bit like the way winter proper arrives just after christmas) before the reprise of "Great American Cowboy" which ends the album.

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