Mark Pountney Grateful Freds at the Atkinson, Supporting Alice Wallace

Mark Pountney discusses the Grateful Fred night 2 October 2019, supporting Alice Wallace:

I recently performed at one of my favourite venues, the Atkinson Theatre in Southport. It was a Grateful Fred’s night, and these nights, in particular, have a long history of bringing quality artists over from the States to perform, supported by local artists. I was supporting Alice Wallace.

Mark Pountney performing at the Atkinson
Mark Performing at the Atkinson Theatre Photo by Matt Todd

I performed a mix of material from (Mark Pountney albums) Mark I, Mark II, Mark III and Live at home. It’s always a pleasure to perform in front of an attentive audience, and the crowd at the Atkinson is certainly that. I started off the set playing alone and was joined, for the second half of the set, by Paul Dance on bass guitar. The songs I performed included Footprints in the Sand, Sorrow Killers, Diamond of My Mind and Don’t let me go.

Mark Pountney and Paul Dance performing at the Atkinson
Mark Pountney and Paul Dance performing at the Atkinson


Topping the bill was Alice Wallace, a California born Singer-Songwriter, who was about to embark on a UK tour. This was the first date of the tour. She was backed by two excellent musicians, Joe Coombs electric guitar and Scott Warman on upright bass. Together they played a fantastic set of original songs and some covers. Alice has certainly mastered the art of yodeling and had found a way of integrating the technique into her material.  I particularly enjoyed a song called the Same Old Song.

A local trio, The Hard Way Home, kicked off the night, super tight harmonies and strong original material.

Thanks to Paul Dance for bass, the staff at the Atkinson for light / sound and hospitality, Colin Maddocks for the invitation and support. Also, wishing Alice and the guys the best of luck with the rest of the tour.

Mark Pountney Interview on Vintage Radio

I was invited to do an interview with Cliff Howarth on Vintage Radio last week. I played three new tunes and discussed the recording of my new album.

Mark Pountney live on vintage radio with Clifford Howarth

Posted by Alison Roberts on Thursday, August 8, 2019

As well as perfoming three songs; You Got it All, Nothing Lasts Forever and The Key, I discussed early influences, songwriting technique and some of the session work I’ve been doing on Pedal Steel. I recently recorded some steel for the Sums on their now album, Better, and Shadow Captain, the artist formally known as Stuart Todd’s new album. The interview was streamed live on facebook.

Maybe It’s Time (A Star Is Born) – Cover – Bradley Cooper – how to play

A cover version of Maybe It’s Time from the movie a Star is born, which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.  Lyrics and chords below..this is how I played it anyways, after listening to it a couple of times.

[Chorus 1]

G               C          G
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
C                                                             G
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man
G                     Em
Hell, it takes a lot to try
D                                             C             G
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

[Verse 1](chords same as chorus)

Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard and things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead

[Verse 2]
C                                                                           G
I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from
C                                                                       G
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good
C                                                            G                    Em
But If I could take spirits from my past and bring them here you
know I would

Know I would

[Verse 3] (chords same as chorus)

Nobody speaks to God these days
Nobody speaks to God these days
I’d like to think he’s lookin’ down and laughin’ at our ways
Nobody speaks to God these days

[Verse 4] (chords same as verse 2)
When I was a child they tried to fool me
Said the worldly man was lost and that a Hell was real
But I’ve seen Hell in Reno And this world’s one big old Catherine wheel Spinning still

[Chorus 2]

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

Music at Liverpool Cathedrals Liverpool Hope University The Big Hope 2

Recently I got the chance to perform at both of Liverpool’s fantastic Cathedrals. I was invited to take part in Liverpool Hope University‘s The Big Hope 2.

Performing in Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool Photo by Hope University

On 13th of June I performed a version of John Lennon’s Imagine at the Anglican Cathedral. It wasn’t until a few moments after I arrived that I learned that I would be performing it as part of an address by Father Michael Lapsley, a South African Anglican priest and social justice activist. Below is a video from that event. The reverb of the Anglican Cathedral was amazing.

On 19th June I returned to sing at the Metropolitan Cathedral to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone. I was originally asked to sing Cohen‘s Hallelujah but some of the lyrical content was brought into question. Below is a video from that ceremony. I fluffed a few words, but I was quite nervous.

It was an honor to be involved in the event and am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to sing solo in both of Liverpool’s amazing Cathedrals.