This article appeared in 'The Salisbury Gazette' in December 2007

Mark at Conran's

27th October 2007

Mark's first gig at Conran's, an Irish bar in Salisbury, was a great success - so much so that the owners promptly booked him for three more gigs before the night was out!

This was an enjoyable gig. The venue was much better and more suited to live music than The Chough, he played in an upstairs function room so everyone was there solely to hear him sing and his music could be heard just as clearly downstairs in the bar when anyone needed to leave for a top-up!

He started off with Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl', as he always did at The Chough, then played a wide variety of

music throughout the evening. He played two of his own songs, 'You Are The Sun' and 'A Heartbeat Away', several Beatles numbers and some more contemporary songs. However the main change was the number of Irish and Folk songs he played throughout the set. These went down incredibly well - though on a couple of occasions, when no-one had heard of the songs, Mark laid claim to them himself!

A great evening with more to come - hope to see some of you at one of the gigs!

New year's Eve 2007

Take one Irish Bar in the middle of a busy city centre. Add one Mark McGann, several of his friends, his Mum, sister and brother (Paul) and a load of regular customers, Irish and otherwise, and mix well. If ever there was a great way to bring in the New Year, this was it!

Mark started playing later than usual, about 10pm and played an excellent set. The usual favourites such as 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Chasing Cars', quite a few irish numbers and one or two of his own. He then asked his sister Clare to join him and they sang 'Fairytale of New York' which was excellent and a real pleasure to see them sing together again.

At the stroke of midnight everyone rose to their feet to sing Auld Lang Syne and the atmosphere was amazing - just one big family party. Mark is so adept at engaging his audience and has them eating out of his hands by the second or third song. So many of the customers return to see him again and it's easy to see why.

If every New Year could be as much fun as this one then roll on 2009!

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