CURRENTLY pondering the next musical venture.
THE HEALERS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ2orNfKfwo
RED HANDED BLUES BAND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9LlB88mMr4
MARK THORNLEY BAND www.markthornleyband.yolasite.com
& VARIOUS OTHER BANDS & SESSION WORK.
Played for many years pro and semi pro,some great festivals including The Burnley Blues Festival, and the main British Stage ( twice, The Healers, Mark Thornley Band, this set was broadcast live on radio Lancashire) ) at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival ,The Bulldog Bash in Stratford,The T.T. races in The Isle Of Man, top blues venues, support(most memorable support slots being with The Healers opening for the legendary Peter Green with the late great Cozy Powell on drums , and the excellent Neil Murray on bass, , and opening for the great Sherman Robertson with my own band),and various headline spots. Last band recorded and gigged with was prior to fronting my own band, Red Handed blues band , we recorded the Handful of Blues album which was played in an hour long show dedicated to Red Handed on Nick Dows Friday night blues show on BBC Radio Lancashire best prog. on the radio, and received good reviews in the Nov.2005 issue of Blues Matters.
Previous long term band was the aforementioned Healers, many a good gig and time was had during those memorable years. After touring in various other bands, and fronting my own 3 piece blues band featuring Paul Randall on bass and Mick McDonald on drums, I am now taking a break from the blues for the time being . Check on gig guide for the latest ventures. Thankyou to good friends Alan Pearson, Nick Dow, Lucas Campbell for continued support and encouragement.
Having gained the reputation of being one of Britain’s finest Blues musicians, Mark’s guitar playing has been described as simply breathtaking!
Nick Dow, presenter of Lancashire Bluenotes on BBC Radio Lancashire, holds this band in high regard and they performed on the British Stage during the 2009 Colne Festival (BBC Radio Lancashire Night).
TRUE BLUES CLUB
The Mark Thornley Band were the last band to take up position centre stage lifting off with a blistering powerhouse blues/rock set of three hand picked pieces of musical mastery which reminded everyone what a consistently dynamic outfit they have been over the last few years. Mark Thornley is the archetypal all action ‘guitar’ hero who somehow pushes his performance well beyond the known boundaries, becoming a musical demigod locked in mortal combat slaying his demons with every known guitar convulsion and sustained string bend in the book and a many that are not! A truly stunning performance from this power trio which was a befitting grand finale to a fabulous evening of entertainment from the ‘creme de la creme’ of blues acts in the North of England. Lucas Campbell BJ’s Blues Club
Lucas Campbell reviews The Mark Thornley Band at BJ’s Blues Club 13th August 2009
It was an auspicious evening at BJ’s, a full house with standing room only and the news that musical legend Les Paul had just passed away on that same day. It reminded us all once again that mortality comes without any form of guarantee and even great musical icons are bound by the law of man and must pass into the great beyond. Was it then an ironic symbol of the Les Paul legacy to see a man standing on the edge stage holding a guitar bearing his name? Slighly uncanny also to see the Gibson SG model at the side of the stage which was the instrument he declined to endorse as a Les Paul model. Coincidences aside, there was an air of excitement and anticipation as The Mark Thornley Band took the stage and promptly set off into their first musical foray. This band creates some of the finest Blues Rock sounds your ever likely to hear. The songs are hinged to the heart of the blues using the dynamics of rock to great effect elevating each musical offering as a sounboard for three gifted musicians to work their magic. Their material was well chosen and included ’covers’ like “Texas Flood” and “Stormy Monday” interspersed with strong original numbers which all fllowed well, delivered with an intensity that held the audience transfixed within the power of the performance. The drum work of session man Mick McDonald was ’spot on’ complementing Bass player Paul Randall who made up a skin tight rhythm section for guitarist Mark Thornley to work with. Mark Thornley also handles the vocals but it is his guitar playing that is simply breathtaking.There is something very compelling about this mans’ guitar technique and his musical mastery that raises this band into one of the highest echelons of musical entertainment. The band also had good verbal raport with the raptuous audience who were invited to sing along on an inpromptu version of “Rock Me Baby” augmented by guest harmonica man “Tim” who blew up a storm on his ‘blues harp’! It was (after the encores) the perfect end to an evening of musical magic. The Mark Thornley band have now proven themselves to be a musical ‘tour de force’. The world is their oyster, but the music will always be their pearl. Enough said.......
The Mark Thornley Band live at The Gregson Centre, Lancaster ( 11 October 2009 )
Lancaster Music Festival (part 7…)
I've got a pretty good idea of where I am going but I'm not entirely sure how to get there. When you're low on sleep and high on caffeine there's but one thing to do - stop for a beer. Sorry, I meant stop and ask for directions. It just happened to be a pub that I stopped in. At least they knew where my destination was. It was further on up the road.
A light in the darkness. At least it's not a red light. It's a blue light, or at least it sounds blue. Into the Gregson Centre and try not to look in any mirrors. I might not recognise the train wreck that looks back. The Mark Thornley Band are on stage having come all the way from Blackpool. Three big strong men that look like they have been hewn from the proverbial iron block, they play in a notably fluid and easygoing way. It's a Sunday night so that mellow feeling seems so very right but, make no mistake, this band that also knows how to preach the blues and helping them with the testifying tonight was the ever mischievous Ben Ruth (from The Convulsions) and his harmonica.
No stage is big enough to hold them and they make a rollicking end to the Lancaster Music Festival.
I should have known that the Devil would have a card up his sleeve though. After all, it is said that the blues is the devil's music. So let it also be said that the devil had the last laugh on me but I'll not be telling why. Reviewer: Handsome Bluesbunny