With soon-to-be, five studio and two live albums under his belt (“The Fool” will be released later this year) touring and live performances are still Mark’s lifeblood. And it is here where he truly excels. He has been featured on bills with musicians as diverse as Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Coldplay, The Frames and The Swell Season among others, as well as extensive headlining tours in Europe and the US. More recently he appeared in Switzerland with the Songs from Ireland: Old and New show, where he received critical acclaim.
From the outset, it is impossible not to be charmed by Geary, who delivers both his music and his stories in unassuming and singular style. His natural humour and ability to read the moment, give his shows a uniqueness, leaving his audiences with the feeling that they have just experienced something very special.
Mark will release his new album “The Fool” in October this year. A collection of well-honed lyrical songs with catchy hooks, Geary employs his trademark method of capturing an image in each verse, a kind of musical story-boarding. He handles themes of parting, hurt, compassion, the desperation of desire and acceptance with a delicacy and artistry that few songwriters achieve with such poise. The songs range from easy tunes with smooth harmonies like “Happy”, “Rosebud” with echoes of JJ Cale and the Van Morrison-influenced “Dandelion”, to more melancholic, poignant ballads such as “Holding Fire” and “Down in Front”, and to rockier electronic-infused “The Fool” and “Frostbite” with its haunting chords and bigger production. The first single, “Battle of Troy”, a song about the recklessness of desire and the firestorm that follows, will be released in May.