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‘Leave Without A Trace, the second single from the album ‘Ghosts In The Fire’ features the power rock trio doing what they do best, with big drums, big guitars and powerful vocal harmonies. Mixed by Tommy McLaughlin from the Villagers and the video features epic big wave surfing scenes from the West Coast of Ireland.

Mark Black & the Trips are led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Black and also featuring Brendan McGlynn on bass and Seamus Devenny on drums and percussion. Mark Black’s musical credentials include two self-produced studio albums, a double live album and concert DVD featuring the 13 piece big band “The Roots Orchestra”. The first single and title track ‘Ghosts In The Fire’ was release with the album in May 2012 and playlisted for that month on RTE Radio 1.

‘After the enormity of the Roots Orchestra and the 13 piece band, I was intent on making this album a true reflection of the live power trio. This trio line up with Seamus and Brendan is an exciting change from the big band and brings the songs back as the central focus for the band.’

‘We went into the studio in October 2010 to begin the process of recording. Houses were converted into recording studios and peoples lives were turned upside down in a mass of cables, microphones, wall hangings, baffles. The snow fell and the country came to a collapse in a state of political mayhem and lack of leadership but inside a house in the wild north of Ireland we closed our doors to the outside world. After the first 4 tracks had been recorded it was obvious that this was not going to be another laid back acoustic affair.’

Highlights from previous years include performances at Glastonbury Festival 2009, Sea Sessions 2010, Earagail Arts Festival 2009/2010 and Enniskillen Arts Festival 2010 and touring support dates with Alabama 3, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Hot House Flowers, Jerry Fish & The MudBug Club, Brian Kennedy, Duke Special, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze.

‘Ballsy Springsteen-esque rock from a singular new Irish talent’- Stuart Clarke, Hotpress

‘The live album reminds me of the energy created with the live albums from The Dave Matthews Band’ ‘11 out of 12’ – 2 u I Bestow

‘So much variety of blues music from the double album but it’s truly got class’ 5 out of 6 – T. Halpin, MusicReview Unsigned


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