Mark Morriss to play Ropery Hall

Mark Morriss, former frontman with 1990s indie band the Bluetones, is performing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month.

Mark, who fronted the four-piece group over a successful and fruitful 15-year period, scoring 14 top 10 singles and three top 10 albums, while also touring the UK, Europe and Japan, will be playing a live acoustic set at the Maltkiln Road venue

”Can it really be twenty years since Mark first shimmied into our lives as singer with The Bluetones? asks Liz Bennet of the Ropewalk.

Apparently so.  But, according to Liz, his ability to sieve poetry from the colander of everyday life continues to remain matchless.

“It’s hard to believe that it was the then little-known indie band The Bluetones managed to knock Oasis’ iconic album What’s the Story (Morning Glory) off the top spot with their debut album, Expecting To Fly,” said Liz.

But, where many of their British indie contemporaries became one-hit wonders and failed to sustain their commercial success, The Bluetones followed their platinum-selling debut with two more Top 10 albums and a clutch of Top 40 singles over the subsequent seven years.

His first folk-infused solo debut album, Memory Muscle, was way back in 2008 but it wasn’t until The Bluetones split up in  October 2011 that he thought seriously about his next move.

Since then he has continued not only writing songs but also  wrote the music for David  Walliams’ audio books.

Last year Mark released his second solo album, A Flash of Darkness. that proves that a dark night of the soul often brings artistic illumination.

“The album title refers to that moment when you’ve just turned off the light and everything remains semi-lit for a split second,” says Mark, referring back to his lowest point.  “It’s a revelation of a bad thing, rather than a good thing.

Mark’s appearance at Ropery Hall takes place on Friday, March 20, startingat 8pm.  Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door and can be bought online at, by telephoning 01652 660380 or by calling in at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.

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