Mark Geary Whelan's Christmas 2023

Mark Geary Whelan's Christmas 2023

Sunday, 10 December 2023, 8.00pm

Irish singer-songwriter Mark Geary left Ireland with a one-way ticket to New York and a heart full of hope over twenty years ago. There, in Sin-é cafe, Mark honed his craft and sang alongside the best of them, including the late Jeff Buckley. Time Out NY said, “His delicate songs about love and defiance recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon.”

With five studio and three live albums, touring and live performances are still Mark’s lifeblood. Geary’s sound is stripped back. He treats his songs with trademark Geary honesty. His lyrics slice right through to the core revealing a life laid bare of human emotional frailty, failed relationships, tenderness, hurt, making amends, desire and parting. His treasured guitar collection is always close at hand, each set up in a different tuning.

Geary has featured on bills with musicians as diverse as Glen Hansard, John Prine, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Coldplay and The Frames amongst others plus extensive headlining tours in Europe, the US and Switzerland. He has composed the full score for three films and has many songs featured in films and TV programmes.

The single The Forest released in May 2020 is exquisite. Its quietness is cathartic and evocative. It set a new path for Geary’s sound. It builds to a crescendo reminiscent of overflowing verdant Summer Irish forests.

Mark’s single Spectre released in December 2020 is beautiful, dark, haunting and features deftly interwoven layers of acoustic guitars. It was written during a time of intense, unbroken reflection, surrounded by nature. This comes from a place of understanding and forgiveness.”

Irish musicians Side 4 Collective released the single ‘Last Roll of the Dice’ featuring Mark in December 2022.

At the end of 2022 Mark completed a sell-out month-long residency in the new Little Whelan’s at Whelan’s in Dublin with his band.

In 2023 Mark toured both the north and south regions of Italy, Zurich as well as Ireland.

He has just released a single 'Hollow' from his forthcoming album ‘In The Time Of Locusts’, to be released early next year.

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Published by markgeary71 on 30 November 2023

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