Artist: Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward
Title: “Waiting for the Storm”
Label: Jezus Factory Records
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Released on CD and Download via Cannery Row Records and Jezus Factory Records
Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward's music represents their own take on the British folk tradition of Graham, Jansch, Renbourn et al. Friends since their teens, when both were playing in bands in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the late '80s, the two have been travelling and playing music since, crossing paths at various points along the way. Craig produced Mark's band Two Dollar Bash's third album, “Lost River”, and accompanied the band on a 5 week North American tour in 2007. Around this time, the pair started talking of recording an album together, drawing from their mutual influences of the likes of Pentangle and Nick Drake. In the course of 2010 and 2011, they met up for a series of recording sessions in Berlin, Antwerp and Rotterdam, and the resulting album, “Waiting for the Storm”, which was released in summer 2012 by the Berlin label Cannery Row Records and the London-based Jezus Factory Records, accompanied by a tour of the UK, Ireland and France. The line-up is completed with the addition of Belgian double-bass player Hannes d'Hoine, and the trio completed a successful tour of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic in February and March 2012.
Mark Mulholland's musical peregrinations have taken him through most of Europe and North America to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he is now based. He has released 2 solo albums, “The Devil on the Stairs” (2008) and “The Cactus and the Dragon” (2011), and is also a member of Two Dollar Bash, who recently released their 4th album, “New Adventures”. Mark is a former member of Impure Thoughts, and The Oul' Bogwarriors, and has recorded with a wide variety of artists including Nikki Sudden and Captain Sensible. He is currently also working on various musical projects in Haiti, including collaborations with the world-renowned poet, dramatist, painter and actor Frankétienne, who also makes a guest appearance on “Waiting for the Storm” on the song Les Belles Promesses. Although not well known in the English-speaking world, Frankétienne has star status in French and Creole-speaking countries and was rumoured to be on the short list for a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009.
Craig Ward moved from Scotland to Antwerp after an invitation from Stef Kamil Carlens (dEUS, Zita Swoon) to holiday there. It was a long holiday. Craig joined Kiss My Jazz and found himself in the hub of a fervent music scene to the extent that Rudy Trouvé suggested him as his replacement in dEUS ('In A Bar Under The Sea' and 'The Ideal Crash' era albums and tours). After leaving dEUS in 2004 Craig formed the acclaimed band The Love Substitutes with Mauro Pawlowski and Rudy Trouve, releasing two albums, “Meet The Love Substitutes While The House Is On Fire” (2005) and “More Songs About Hangovers and Sailors” (2007). In 2008 the 3 released a split solo album as Pawlowski, Trouvé and Ward. Craig is also a member of True Bypass, iH8 Camera and A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen. His production credits include The Frames ‘For The Birds’ alongside Steve Albini. Craig has recently moved back to his native Glasgow.
Playing as part of The Medicine Show goes to Live @ Troon August 30th with Martin Stephenson, The Suns of Arqa Duo, Hamish Roberts, John Duffy, Alan Frew & Mark Rafferty, and Dave Sharp full date list below.
Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward – Tour August/September 2012
Sunday August 26th, 4pm, Chat le Roi, Antwerp 9pm, Kinky Star, Ghent
Tuesday August 28th, 7.15pm, Garden Party, Bennettshambles Towers, Ashford, Middlesex
Thursday August 30th, 9pm, Live at Troon Festival, The Southbeach Hotel, Troon KA10 6EG
Friday August 31st, 10pm, The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 5AR
Saturday September 1st, 7pm, The Hidden Lane Gallery, 1081 Argyle St, Finneston, Glasgow. G3 8LZ
Sunday September 2nd, 9pm, The Market Bar, 32 Church Street Inverness, IV1 1EH
Monday September 3rd, 9pm, The Greenhouse, 14 High Street Dingwall IV15 9RU
Tuesday September 4th, 9pm, The Argyll Hotel, 18 Argyle Street Ullapool IV26 2UB 01854 612422
Wednesday September 5th, 9pm, Lochcarron Tree House, Strathcarron, Kirkton Woodland & Heritage Group,
Strathcarron Station, Strathcarron, Ross-shire IV54 8YR
Thursday September 6th, 10pm, The Griffin, 266 Bath St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G2 4JP
Sunday September 9th, 9pm, The Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN. Tel: 020 7485 9899
Monday September 10th, House concert, Serpentine HQ, Utrecht, tbc
Tuesday September 11th, 9pm, Le Vieux Léon, Paris
Wednesday September 12th, 9pm, L'Escale, St Bouize, Cher
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