Canadian born and raised. Lived in Barbados from April '94 -Oct '11. Clinical Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist practicing in Brentwood.
Lifetime fan of the Blues genre. Have memorable experiences producing/executive producing concerts, street parties and other entertainment events in Halifax, N.S.
Married to a woman who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside...and she's gorgeous! Really happy to be in the UK and looking forward to making a home here for many years.
People here are extremely polite and very warm and welcoming.
Glad I can share my love of music with others who appreciate.
I had the very good pleasure of welcoming Gary Porter into the studio on June 27th….along with Dave Melling to provide accompaniment on Keyboards. We had a great interview and a few laughs and some fantastic vocal styling from Porter as he gave a preview of two tracks to appear on his upcoming CD, due out later this year. The tracks Hand on My Heart a melodic ballad and the title track Stone Chucker are sure to catch the ear of anyone interested in intriguing lyrics and vibrant instrumental backing. Eager to hear the tracks with the entire compliment of the band, I’ll be including these and other tracks into the playlist once the CD become available for release.
Porter; band membes;
Gary Porter – Guitar/Vocals/Songwriting
Dave Melling – Keys / Trumpet / Tenor Sax
Mick Harding – Upright Bass
Clive Dimmock – Baritone & Tenor Sax
Phil Mount – Drums & Percussion
Dave Barlow – Tenor Sax
This new line-up started playing gigs throughout Europe around 2011 supporting various artists including Grammy award nominee James Hunter.
This period of activity culminated in the release of the jazz/ska/blues album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ in summer 2012 which has gained much praise and support from radio and various press publications including Album of the Week in Europe/Spain.
The band are presently working on their new album ‘Stone Chucker’ and are touring the UK this fall to promote its release. They are also playing as a main billing act at the BRENTWOOD Music Festival on 7th July.
To hear the interview…[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Interview-with-Porter-June-27-2013.mp3]
The Rotary Club of Billericay is staging a major blues and jazz concert on Saturday, June 29. Venue: Emmanuel Church, Laindon Road, Billericay. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
Music is by the popular Grapevine Blues Band who performed at the club’s open garden event last year and were so good that they were invited back again this year – only indoors for fear of inclement weather.
The band have had many recordings and CDS and their music has been featured on BBC Essex and Phoenix FM.
Proceeds are in aid of “End Polio Now” and other charities supported by Rotary. Tickets: £12.00 to include light refreshments available from:
Click below to listen to the interview and session again:
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mark-Reed-23-May-2013.mp3|titles=Mark Reed – 23 May 2013]
Videos of Mark Reed live in the studio tonight:
Mark Reed Bio
Age 54 Born in London UK. Currently living in Basildon Essex
As a musician I’m just an old road dog
Bought my first guitar using cash from my paper round at age 12.
Spent teenage years learning every Shadows, Beatles and Led Zepplin song.
Mid 20’s started learning classical guitar, self taught until decided to take exams. Grade 7 classical playing and grade 5 music theory
Started playing classical guitar and folk club venues late 20’s then got invited to play lead guitar in a blues band. Knew nothing about blues guitar so chose to play bass and remained with the band for 5 years. gigging round London, Essex, Kent and Suffolk.
Early to mid 30’s moved through a series of bands everything from country to rock and roll, 60’s covers to rock bands, playing both bass rhythm and lead guitars.
Late 30’s started to write songs and instrumentals for solo performances at acoustic and folk sessions.
Joined covers singer and worked for 10 years gigging around London and home counties.
Started writing and recording more songs and released 4 solo albums, the contents of which came from my solo acoustic repertoire.
Started to post all my material on the web, and received an offer to join a record company Statue Records.
This led to the experimentation of mutli track computer recording. The original request was for an album of 12 songs so I went back to the blues for most of it with some rock songs added.
Thus my 5th album Everything Counts was produced.
The contract was a years duration, but I still found my album on the labels books after 2 years.
I eventually unsigned myself from the company
From then on I became rapidly interested in writing and recording and have gone on to write and produce in total 9 album projects. Many of these have been sold at gigs, unfortunately not in massive quantities lol.
Live work drifted away after my singer retired due to ill health, I finished most of the remaining bookings as a solo act periodically hiring singers to work with me.
Current projects are, to re-record, mix and master most of my back catalogue with an aim to get some of my work published.
Projects are the blues album Whose blues? mine! This is a series of 8 acoustic blues songs with a tongue in cheek approach to some of my blues moments.
Nice n Eazy which is a compilation of 11 jazz instrumentals much of this was recorded with improvised melodies and has a few fun pieces there.
Summer Dreams and Haunted Themes: For this project I used acoustic and classical guitars with a guitar synth to create some very moody works.
Celtic Sands: This project is ongoing, with a few pieces complete and some basic ideas. It will contain themes based on Irish jigs and reels
I will return to live work, but need to do something different, so looking into the realms of jazz for a vehicle.
Local Recording Artist Mark Reed
Interview is Here! [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mark-Reed-Interview.mp3]
On February 07, I visited The New Crawdaddy Club to enjoy the evenings entertainment provided by the house band The Heaters and the main attraction Jo Harman & Company. Prior to her set, Jo sat down with me for a quick catch up and a chat about her career.
On January 31 I visited the New Crawdaddy Blues Club located on Crays Hill, Billericay, where I interviewed Paul Dean. Paul is the Manager of the club, he plays keyboards in the house band, The Heaters, and he books all of the bands that play on Thursday nights. He’s been doing this for over 14 years and claims it is his passion.