Fiddle, vocals & mandolin
Scraper of the catgut with the horsehair, and occasional plucker of the steels on the mandolin, ‘Mr Citrus’ became a key member of ‘Hedgepig’ following his arrival in 1993, helping establish ‘The Pig’ as a hard-working (if quiet!) acoustic trio in and around the pubs and clubs of Cambridge. With the experience gleaned from ‘mandolining-it’ for ‘Pagan Billy’, Mark was at the forefront of the transition from acoustic to electric sound, which followed the recording of the debut cassette album ‘First Footing’. With the arrival of the original rhythm section the band became a genuinely ‘folk-rock’ six-piece, which provided the backdrop for Mark’s ever present fiddle leads and melodies. The band has experienced changes in personnel over subsequent years, yet Mark has re-affirmed his role as one of the band’s leaders, and has added song writing and vocals to his CV.
(by Steve Matthews)