Having been born with one arm I perversely chose the guitar as my weapon in life. First, however came the songs. From an early age I listened to, and absorbed, music so much so that I began hearing my own songs in my head way before I could play an instrument.
It wasn’t until my teens that I found a way of playing the guitar with one arm using my thumb to strum and fretting with any other willing digit. I formed a rock band in my early 20s, the Poppyheads and, at last, was writing and performing pop songs. The band lineup changed over a period of 20 years sometimes it was very hard rock, almost grunge, other times it was pure pop. We almost found fame as Slinki Malinki , when the legendary producer Gus Dudgeon managed and produced the band until his sad, untimely death. Eventually, after two decades of rocking out, I decided to jump off the band wagon (so to speak) and went solo and acoustic – playing ballads and blues songs. I’ve been doing this ever since both solo and with my own acoustic blues band.
My blues band are: Paul Stone percussion, Kevin Rowe on bass and Glen Vaal on blues harp. I write all of the songs, sing and play guitar.
I am a songwriter at heart and my inspiration is varied. Last year, I made a full on pseudo late 60’s style Psychedelic pop album, this year I feel a ‘70s funk/punk album coming on. I simply love this gift of being able to create music!
Mark Nelson Love Dimension in Time
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