by many to be one of America’s foremost players of the bodhrán,
Mark Stone has performed and taught across the United
States and Canada with many of today’s top Irish musicians. His
knowledge of chord movement and structure has been transferred to the
bodhrán, resulting in a unique blend of rhythm and tones that has
established Mark as a top player in this country.
As a teacher, Mark has taught workshops and master classes across the continent. He has taught for many years at the Augusta Heritage Center’s “Irish Week” in Elkins, West Virginia and The Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival in St. Louis along with classes in Nova Scotia, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
Mark got his start in Irish music with the All-Ireland winning band, St. James’s Gate. He is best known for his work with the renowned Irish fiddler, James Kelly and guitarist Zan McLeod. Mark’s recording credits include James Kelly’s critically-acclaimed solo fiddle album for Capelhouse Records and with the group Ceoltiori on their award-winning Women of Ireland CD for Maggie’s Music Records. He regularly does studio and production work for traditional bands in South Texas. Mark has also performed on stage with Jean-Michel Veillon, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers, Billy McComiskey, Joanie Madden, Liz Carroll, John Williams & Paul McGrattan
“Players such as...America’s Mark Stone have added to the bodhrán’s luster, owing to their sensitive and often unconventional approaches.”
-Myron Bretholz for MusicHound Folk, The Essential Album Guide