Mark Simos will be conducting workshops in Sydney this coming weekend.
Mark Simos, songwriter, composer and tune-smith is respected as both innovator and neo-traditionalist, a ‘musician’s musician’ and a master at avoiding cliches in genres built on them. Drawing on deep knowledge of varied traditional music sources, Mark’s signature style combines finely crafted lyrics with surprising twists of melody, harmony and phrasing.
This is great opportunity for any bluegrass folks in Australia even though the class gives a broad spectrum of Music writing skills not focused on bluegrass. He displays his folk influences and it was very enjoyable all round – Lachlan Davidson.
Mark has had four songs recorded by Americana super-group Alison Krauss and Union Station, and more than 100 song and instrumental cuts overall with artists including Del McCoury, The Infamous Stringdusters, Laurie Lewis, and Doyle Lawson.
Mark is a remarkable songwriter, one of those rare people who knows what words sound good together, his lyrics just as unique as his melodies. I never stop being amazed at his songs; I’m never surprised that I love another one – Alison Krauss.
Also a respected guitar accompanist for traditional music and a prize-winning fiddler, Mark is featured on over a dozen albums and has appeared in concerts and at festivals throughout the US and Europe. Mark has released an acclaimed solo album of songs, Crazy Faith, and four albums of original and traditional fiddle music.
Mark is an artist who has spent enough time with traditional music to learn its spiritual as well as its musical lessons, and to use that learning to forge an art at once timeless and utterly contemporary – Fellow songwriter Bob Franke.
For more than three decades Mark has been staff musician, teacher and workshop leader at summer music and dance camps including Pinewoods, Ashokan, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (PSGW), California Coast Music Camp (CCMC), Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), Augusta Old-Time Week, NewSongs Festival. As Assistant Professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music, Mark has developed new curriculum in areas including guitar techniques for songwriters, songwriting collaboration, and traditional and contemporary fiddle ensembles.