Hope Fm Studio, Bournemouth

Mark Carter

Mark Carter is well known locally as performing as Johnny Cash in tribute band “Cash Converted” as well as being a member of popular band “The Spoons” back in the day. Mark has always harboured a desire to make an album of songs he has written over the past 20 years.

A chance meeting with Hawkeye Houlihan who owns Roadkill studios in Bournemouth got the project underway with a series of recording sessions. This culminated in the 16 track Album “Trains Dames & Pains” which got together a whole load of local musicians including Jon Bruce (Pronghorn/Cash Converted) Drums, Sue Holt (The Jimmy Hillbillies) accordion, Paul Somers (Cash Converted) Guitar, Dave McKenzie (Threadbare Ravens) guitar, Stilt violin, Mike Cotton bass, and Kate Porter on vocals with Andy Razz formerly of Pachango expertly bringing all this together .

Mark Carter

Mark Carter Joined myself, local sound engineer Conrad Barr, and Tim Heywood in the Hope Fm studio for some really entertaining and engaging conversation. The conversation took us to many areas of Mark’s life including his many long years working on the British railways as well as the many bands that he has played with. He seemed really proud to actually have a copy of the 16 track album finally in his hands a piece of work that he can be proud of and share with others.

The songs will be played live with a series of local gigs around the Bournemouth area as well as a performance at the prestigious Wonky Donk Festival in Lytchett Matravers in July. Mark treated us to some really nice acoustic performances of some of the songs from the album and the exclusive videos of these can be seen below:



Words By Dave Chinery (Chinners)
Pictures & Video By Jon Musselwhite

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