The Panoramic View is the brand new album from Mark Harrison.
An artist described by R2 Rock n Reel Magazine as ‘Roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ . Radio 2’s Paul Jones simply said “Really excellent.” Classic Rock Magazine said about the album “…a quirky album that makes a great case for self releasing”.
This month Frank Hennessy on BBC Wales said “’The more I listen to Mark Harrison, the more I admire the man. He’s a fantastic musician, he’s got a great voice and what a songwriter. He’s kind of reinvented the blues in this country. Glorious”
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. With his band, or in solo or duo form, he is widely considered one of the most remarkable artists currently operating in the UK.
His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and the band to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a unique songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. An in-demand live performer, Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme, and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released five albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.
2018 sees the release of Mark’s much awaited new album, THE PANORAMIC VIEW. Marks’ magnum opus, it is all set to bring him much wider recognition. THE PANORAMIC VIEW features 15 original songs in his trademark style. Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics that intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel. On THE PANORAMIC VIEW, Mark, on National & 12-string guitars and vocals, is joined by a cast of A-List musicians in a wide variety of line-ups. At the core is his regular band of Charles Benfield (double bass) and Ben Welburn (drums and percussion), and they are joined by the superlative Paddy Milner (piano), Paul Tkachenko (tuba, trombone, trumpet, mandolin) and Ed Hopwood (harmonica). A unique feature of the album is the spoken introduction for each song by TV presenter and personality Gail Porter. Superbly produced by Tim Bazell of Heart of Gold Studios in London, THE PANORAMIC VIEW (release date 7 September 2018) and as with Mark’s previous albums, it is beautifully packaged, with superb artwork by We Are Frank.