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Mark Dowding

Mark Dowding

Style of performance:

(see below)


Mark's repertoire consists mainly of songs written in the traditional style by people such as Peter Bond, Bernie Parry, Keith Marsden and also the odd song from the 30s and 40s.

He has been singing songs from Lancashire that Harry Boardman reintroduced in the sixties and seventies and were the subject of a recent CD "A Mon Like Harry".

The publication "Manchester Ballads" edited by Roy Palmer and Harry Boardman was the subject of a CD of the same name by Mark and Chris Harvey of Cock Robin Music


"Dreams of the Past" 1993/2000 (CRM 016)

"Brown Photographs" 2002 (CRM 063)

"A Mon Like Harry - The Songs of Harry Boardman" 2004 (CRM 097)

"The Manchester Ballads" 2005 (CRM 143/4)

"The Lancashire Cotton Famine" 2005 (Garland 004)

"Travelling Tales" 2006 (CRM 139)

"A Lancashire Garland 2006 (Garland 001)

"The Old Potts Railway" 2006 (CRM 160)

"Lancashire Voices 4" 2006 (CRM 165)

"The Fireside Burns" 2007 (CRM 168)

See his website for more information...


Newburgh, Lancashire


01257 464215


Web Presence:


Other Information:

Over the past few years, Mark has been in collaboration with Sid Calderbank and Chris Harvey in presenting music and poetry from the Lancashire heritage at various North West festivals
"A Lancashire Garland" with Sid
"An Evening with Edwin Waugh" with Sid
"The Lancashire Cotton Famine" with Sid and others
"A Mon Like Harry" with Chris
"Manchester Ballads" with Chris
"Songs of Railways Past" with Chris
" Burns' Night Celebrations" with Alison Younger and Chris Harvey

Mark has been featured on several local radio stations including:
BBC Radio Merseyside - Folkscene
BBC Radio Lancashire - The Drift
BBC Radio Shropshire - Sunday Folk
BBC GMR - Sounds of Folk
Oldham Community Radio - Sounds of Folk (all FM)

"Ode to the Gooseberry Grower" sung by Mark was featured on the BBC TV coverage of the Royal Horticultural Society show from Tatton Park (2007)


Last updated 23-06-2012

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