Mark Dennis is a guitarist from Cheshire has been slowly building a reputation with his eclectic guitar style in & around the North West of England.
Inspired by a combination of diverse influences, from early Mississippi Delta blues, the dexterity of the Italian born composer Antonio Forcioni, singer songwriter John Martyn, the electronic wizardry and production skills of William Orbit through to world class players such as: Adrian Belew, Rory Gallagher, Bill Nelson, Martin Simpson & Jeff Beck - the list is by no means exhaustive.
While loving writing, performing and recording his own music, his main instrument is a handmade steel strung acoustic guitar. Fluent guitar work is combined with stimulating songs, finger picking & tapping techniques - sometimes with a slide - sometimes using an 'e-bow', sometimes de-tuning his guitar mid-song, creates an intriguing, effortless and captivating ambient soundscape - while delivering deep and intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventive covers to his own original compositions.
Mark has recorded with Dave Sharp (The Alarm) on Dave's latest acoustic CD, & has enjoyed playing live with Henry Priestman (The Christians), Les Glover, Pete Riley, Andy Williams (Hot Chocolate, Errol Brown & Tony Christie), Mal Holmes (OMD)
He has opened shows for acts such as Toyah Wilcox, China Crisis, Thomas Lang, Sarah McQuaid and Ian McNabb and while collaborating with Jay Diggins has supported Bruce Foxton's 'From the Jam' and 'The South' (formerly The Beautiful South)
Once described as a 'One man orchestra', his playing and vocals, have seen audience reactions from a pin-drop silence to rapturous applause, he has received many favourable comments about his idiosyncratic style of guitar playing and singing:
John Renbourn - "I do like your style"
Dave Sharp - "I have only ever heard one other guitarist that comes close to you and he is a Nashville session guitarist'"
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ya_t3sdgHs - ‘Your love is lifting me Higher’