Mark emigrated to New York City at the age of nineteen. He found himself in the middle of a thriving music scene, centered around the East Village and the legendary Sin-é Cafe. The creative atmosphere was exactly what Mark needed to jump-start his career as a musician.
Supporting himself by working as a bartender, Mark devoted his free time to honing his songwriting skills, cutting his teeth playing open-mics around the city. Drawing from inspirations such as The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead and Van Morrison, Mark garnered respect and attention from both audiences and fellow artists. He was soon featured on bills with the likes of Jeff Buckley, Joe Strummer, and Elvis Costello.
Mark’s album 33 1/3 Grand Street, released in 2002, was recorded with a talented group of musicians and an eclectic selection of instruments that grabbed the attention of new fans in the U.S. and abroad. Mark’s next album, Ghosts, brought him critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and was voted 2005′s Album of the Year by the Irish Voice. 2008′s Opiumcontinued the trend of showcasing Mark’s considerable talents.
In 2009, Mark’s recording, Live, Love, Lost It, NYC, took him back to his New York roots and features songs from all three studio albums recorded live throughout NYC.
Mark has composed the score to several films; 2005’s Loggerheads, 2006’s Steel City, and 2010′s Sons of Perdition. He recently completed work on the score for an unreleased Irish film. His songs have been featured on various television shows including One Tree Hill andBones.
Mark’s 4th studio album, songs about love, songs about leaving, on sonaBLAST! Records, was recorded in New York City and features guests including Glen Hansard and Jenna Nichols. In 2012, Mark toured Ireland & Europe including the UK, the Czech Republic and Germany and is continuing to tour while working on his next record