Mark Branscombe
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I'm a:
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Band
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Guitar, Bass, Harmonica
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Singer/Songwriter..roots, blues, country,folk and rock My first solo artist album is called – “Grandview”
Recorded in Vancouver, Canada, a conscious decision to work with three East Vancouver indie producers, Melissa Bandura, PD Wohl and Jesse Waldman provided co-production and their fine musical chops on a unique electro acoustic roots album. Grandview is community in East Vancouver initially settled by the Italian and Portuguese which was a welcome home to artists, musicians and free spirited characters who live in and around Commercial Drive.
The album features 12 original songs written and performed by Mark Branscombe crossing various musical landscapes of Can/Americana, Country, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues while exploring, observing and reflecting on the human condition and the world as we move through it.
Feature tracks:

Bonnie And Clyde – All couples will face the challenges to the longevity of their relationships. The lead-off track features Melissa Bandura singing on the duet and playing some very wistful violin.
Sugarland – The restless quest of the roadways is shared by wandering of Canadians and Americans traveling across their broad geographies in pursuit of the unreachable destination. P.D.Wohl provides open range dry gulch lap steel and Simon Kendall contributes atmospheric accordion on this road trip over the next horizon.
Flowers on Friday – East Vancouver in the spring time; fall in love under the cherry blossoms trees on Commercial Drive. A gorgeous sonic stroll featuring violins by Melissa Bandura with keys, glockenspiel and electric guitar played through a good old tube amp with a hefty slab of reverb.
Mark Branscombe
Roots guy, indie guy, pop guy, blues guy, country guy and working guy from the Eastside of Vancouver Canada, Grandview to be precise. Prior to moving to Vancouver lived in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and on the rural route in the Fraser Valley where he began playing school, shows, country dances and Legion halls while in high school.
1978 joined The Mud Bay Blues Band and spent 37 years as a guitarist, singer and songwriter, playing on co-bills with Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Cotton, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Long John Baldry, Booker T Jones, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, crossing paths with Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, John Hammond Jr. and Colin James along the way.
Scattered internships with 1980s Vancouver post punk groups Melody Pimps, IBraineater, Frantic Technicians, Art Bergmann, playing opening slots for acts ranging from Rank ’n File to Johnnie Otis. Wrote and recorded singles with pop group Bachelors in Paradise, releasing a video aired on Much Music Canada "Daddy's Got a Bungalow"
1986- Wandered Southeast Asia for a year working as an English tutor and a film extra in “Good Morning Viet Nam” and on “Off Limits” Returned to Asia frequently in the 90’s while operating an import company.
Post- 2000… rejoined fellow-Bachelor in Paradise Bill Oliver to form The Ormidales for three releases produced by PD Wohl receiving FM airplay in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. Continued performing and recording with Mud Bay Blues Band and released a first solo album Grandview in 2014.
Mark Branscombe “Grandview” full album The Ormidales "The Ormidales" full album
The Ormidales "These Little Dreams" full album
The Ormidales " Bijou Blue" 4-song EP Mud Bay Blues Band - "Death Taxes and The Mud Bay Blues Band " full album
Mud Bay Blues Band - "Mudified" full album
Mud bay Blues Band -"Colebrook Road" full album
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