Mark McKnight Trio

Mark McKnight – Guitar
Euan Burton – Bass
James Maddren – Drums

Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2006 Mark McKnight has gone on to establish himself as one of Ireland’s most prominent young jazz musicians, winning such international recognition as 3rd place in the 2008 Montreux International Jazz Guitar Competition 2008 (open at all guitarists under 30 worldwide).  2009 was his busiest and most successful year to date with numerous tours throughout Ireland, UK and Europe, the release of his debut album as a leader (Overnight), being named Best Young Irish Jazz Musician at the Cork Jazz Festival and receiving the UK Musicians Benevolent Fund Development Award.

Thanks to the latter McKnight hosted a series of performances in Belfast, N. Ireland featuring many of the leading lights in the UK jazz scene and as a result has developed two working trios, one organ based, the other guitar, between them encompassing some of the most significant young players to emerge from the UK jazz scene in recent years.

McKnight’s guitar trio sees him joined by two such musicians, Scottish double bassist Euan Burton (noted for his touring work in the groups of some of New York’s most influential band leaders including Ari Hoenig and Jonathan Jreisberg) and the rising star of UK drumming, London’s James Maddren (Gwilym Simcock, Mark Copland, Stan Sulzmann).

Already developing and exciting and original sound this trio showcase McKnight’s original compositions in addition to some fresh and exciting takes on the standard repertoire.

Press Quotes

“The future of Irish jazz guitar.”  The Irish Times

“(Mark McKnight’s) solos were marvelously constructed and characteristically rather elegant combined with and emotional intensity, a soulfulness.” JazzWise (UK)

“McKnight himself is an exhilarating talent, with his clean melodic statements…and high tensile, very mobile solos that always find the blue notes.” ****  The Glasgow Herald

“…(McKnight’s) style is contemporary, and mixes boppish phrasing with thoughtful note selection…for listeners who are looking for a new voice to add to their library of quality guitarists” Just Jazz Guitar (USA)

Tour Dates

Feb 2nd – University of Ulster, Derry, The Great Hall (1pm)

Feb 2nd – University of Ulster, Coleraine, The Octagon (8pm)

Feb 3rd – Dolan’s, Limerick (8pm)

Feb 4th – Phil Grimes – Waterford (8pm)

Feb 5th – The Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast (8pm)

Feb 7th – J.J. Smyth’s, Dublin (8pm)

Feb 8th – The Con Cellar, London (8pm)

Feb 9th – The 606 Club, London (10pm)

Feb 13th – 12 Points Festival , Norway

Feb 14th – 12 Points Festival, Norway

Feb 15th – The 78, Glasgow (9pm)

Feb 16th – Dempsey’s Cardiff (8pm)