Mark Nelson is an English guitarist and singer/songwriter. Born with one arm, he plays one-handed, using his thumb to pluck and strum and three fingers to fret a right-handed guitar, left-handed, in normal tuning.
“Great guitar virtuoso who could shame even the most accomplished guitar players with just one arm!” – David Durant, Brooklands Radio
Mark’s influences range from 60s beat music, blues and psychedelia to modern folk. His emotive and honest songwriting crosses over from heartfelt blues and emotive soul to melodic light pop, making it a perfect match for playlists that might include Jon Allen, Seasick Steve, James Bay, Graham Coxon and Jake Bugg. A prolific writer, Mark’s impressive fretboard wizardry is equally earning him accolades in clubs across the South East.
“A great Blues player….smokey voice that mixes Billy Corgan and Kurt Cobain.” – Farenheit 55
Mark spent his formative years as a guitarist/songwriter in various rock bands, of which Slinki Malinki was managed/produced by the legendary producer Gus Dudgeon. In 2010, Mark eventually decided to take a solo acoustic path. On the Surrey acoustic circuit, Mark met the guys that now make up his Blues band. The band have played numerous gigs and festivals throughout the UK and Mark has performed solo internationally in both Romania and Kosovo.
Mark is an exceptional musician whose inspirational story of overcoming his disability was made into a TV documentary.
“I’m always impressed by any guitar player but to do so with this disability is astonishing!” – Stella Wiseman, Farnham Herald
Mark also composes incidental and soundtrack music. His music has featured in promo films for major international events such as the ‘Festival of Orlane’ in Kosovo, the rock musical ‘Everything in Colour’ and the feature film ‘World Without Waves’. His back catalogue, including his self-produced album “Lost Gems”, is available in all digital stores world-wide.
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