On Sunday 10th April, we are fortunate to welcome a “truly great guitarist” in Mark Flanagan. Not my words but those of Eric Clapton (who knows a thing or two about the subject) and along with many world class artists has played with him on many occasions.
Mark is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988 but has also made a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs wowing audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart. A rare opportunity to see an extraordinary talent.
Born in Liverpool and playing ukulele at the age of eight. He got his first guitar when he was 12 and was mesmerised by Django Rheinhardt. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Tamla Motown, the Stones, and Bowie. He joined his first group at the age of 15 and later moved to East Anglia where he founded cult swing harmony group ‘The Box Brothers’.
Mark then moved to London in 1988, where his neighbour happened to be Jools Holland. He jammed with Jools at the Edinburgh festival that year and has been with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since. He has performed on many live TV shows, where he has accompanied everyone from Chaka Khan to Paul Weller, Barry White to Eric Clapton.
A more comprehensive bio can be seen in Guitar magazine online at:
The show starts at 4.30 and the door charge is £12