Guitarist Mark Anthony McGrath's original interpretations of music from the ancient harp compositions of Turlough O'Carolan to the Chansons of Jacques Brel have become a regular feature on RTÉ Lyric FM and similar radio stations throughout Europe. Described as ‘unquestionably gifted, always inventive’ by Hot Press magazine, he has performed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. as a solo artist and session musician.
Mark's latest album 'THE WEISS MACHINE', Vol. 1 features Mark's interpretations on 13 string guitar of the music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) and was released in June 2015.
Mark's previous solo album ‘Champagne & Onions’ released in 2011 was described as ‘a masterpiece’ by Irish Music magazine in its December 2011 edition (read review). Alongside original compositions, the album features Mark’s distinctive arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and Scotland.
Mark originally studied classical guitar with John Feeley at the DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin from which he later graduated with an M.Mus in music performance. He also studied baroque lute briefly with Patrick O'Brien in New York which has influenced his collaboration with Cork based guitar maker Harry McCormick in the development of a 13 string guitar.