Marc Block is a Nottingham-based folk singer and songwriter, who’s just released his new CD, Brisk & Breezy. His first album The Hawthorn Spring (2013) received great reviews and wide radio play including BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, and it so impressed Mike Harding that he played three tracks from it in one programme. It was also among Roger Wilson’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ best albums of the year on A World of Difference.
For this new album Marc has revisited the “jaunty acoustipop” of his former band, Marc Block and the Breezes (later Marc Block Trio). He has overdubbed his own voice, guitar, bouzouki, harmonicas and percussion, with further backing vocals by Rachel Delicata, and double bass by Martin Bentley. It’s an exuberant collection of mostly original songs, with a couple of reworked traditional songs and a couple of covers, and includes new recordings of some old favourites from Marc’s younger days.
As well as his solo performances, Marc continues to be roadie and accompanist to veteran folk legend Roy Bailey, appearing on his new album Live at Towersey Festival 2015.