‘He takes very real things that happen in life and makes you think afresh about them’ – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
‘A bit different and kinda groovy too’- Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2
Mark Harrison Band new single Toolmaker’s Blues
Mark Harrison’s much awaited new album “The Road to Liberty” will be released on 30th June 2021. The 21-song double album will, in typical Mark Harrison Style, cover topics that people don’t generally write songs about. Expect a wide variety of soundscapes and atmospheres and an eclectic mix of themes and topics. Each song has a story to tell, or is a snapshot of life, with catchy tunes, intriguing and engaging lyrics and striking rhythms that are sure to make you smile, think, and move.
The first track to be released from the new album, “Toolmakers Blues” illustrates the range and breadth that can be expected from the new album, in this case a reflection of how technological advancement can have unexpected and undesirable effects. As Mark himself describes it, ‘After a gig, a young American told me a story about his father, a toolmaker in Detroit who lost his job and everything with the demise of the car industry.
His story could stand for millions of people over the ages, showing how whole ways of earning a living can suddenly vanish, with devastating effect for those involved, who didn’t see it coming and are powerless to respond. It’s always happened, and it will go on happening – where you are in the lottery of life dictates whether it affects you or not. It’s especially relevant right now …’.
The extraordinary MARK HARRISON BAND has a unique sound and style that is very much their own genre, and incorporates elements of folk, blues, and gospel. Mark, (Vocals. National and 12-String guitars) is joined by Charles Benfield (double bass) and Ben Welburn (drums and percussion) to produce highly distinctive arrangements that add to the quirky, individual nature of the songs.
“The Road to Liberty” has been superbly produced, mastered, and mixed by Charles Benfield with fantastic artwork by Andy Hall of We Are Frank and will be released as a physical double CD on 30th June 2021. Digital versions will be released in two parts: Part 1 consisting of 11 songs on 30th June, 2021, with part 2 (10 songs) appearing on digital platforms on 30th September, 2021.
“The Road to Liberty” is available to pre-order now.
About Mark Harrison
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He writes songs about some pretty unusual subjects, songs that tell stories and make observations of what goes on in the world. With his memorable tunes, wry lyrics and stunning guitar playing, he is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists around.
The extraordinary MARK HARRISON BAND has a unique sound and style that is very much their own genre, and incorporates elements of folk, blues, and gospel.
Mark’s unique songs have taken him and the band to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recently one of his songs was chosen on Radio 2’s Pick of the Week show, on a playlist containing many of the world’s top pop artists.
Mark has released six 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.