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Mark Pontin Group at The Bunkhouse Swansea

  • The Bunkhouse, Swansea (map)

Mark Pontin is a genuine "triple threat". If he were solely a singer the new album from The Mark Pontin Group would stand head and shoulders above the pack on that strength alone. His effortless vocals can turn on a dime from gritty and raw to smooth and melodic, displaying enviable range without the strain and the kind of control and dynamics rarely seen in a blues/rock context. His abilities as a guitarist easily put him in the upper echelons of blues and rock players, in the UK or anywhere else for that matter. His beautifully nuanced playing, musicianly without over-indulgence, at times wrangles massive sounds from a Marshall amp, at others coaxes delicate harmonics from an acoustic guitar. As a songwriter, Mark displays the kind of versatility rarely seen within the often predictably rigid confines of the blues/rock scene and demonstrates how easily - when you know how - the genre can incorporate shades of jazz, funk, soul and pop music. In the short period since the release of their 2013 debut Days Of Destiny, The Mark Pontin Group established themselves firmly on the UK Blues/Rock scene. The Mark Pontin Group are never happier than when they are on the live stage utilising not only their remarkable individual talents but also great interplay and improvisation, with no two shows ever being the same. Obvious comparisons could be made to Cream or Hendrix though it could be said that MPGs abilities range further still, incorporating a rich variety of flavours into their own secret formula. Now, with their new album Textures it is clear that the bar for contemporary blues/rock has been raised and The Mark Pontin Group is a force to be reckoned with.What the people say-'WHAT A KICKIN BAND!!' - Walter Trout'DAYS OF DESTINY IS A REAL BELTER' - Billy Rankin Team Rock Radio'Top Tip for 2016' - Neil Mach Raw Ramp Magazine '10 out of 10 - Compelling Listening' - Blues Doodles (on Textures )'Fine ENERGY about the band'- Paul Lamb ( and the Kingsnakes)Support from: Ayesha Pontin

Thursday 27th December
The Bunkhouse

Earlier Event: December 22
King Goon/ DubRighters plus support
Later Event: December 27
News From Nowhere & Salvador Sanchez