Mark Allen Berube
Far more entertaining than any single human being with an acoustic guitar
is allowed to be under current law, Mark is a performer who refuses to
be anyone's background music. His punchy, well-crafted songs and
rapid-fire delivery allow audiences little time to indulge in the laughter
he frequently provokes without feeling like they've missed something.
This, apparently, is okay with Mark, reluctant as he is to be labeled
a comic songwriter. Not that he disdains laughter. Far from it. He'd just rather write a good song than a funny one. But hey, if it makes you laugh, that's cool too.
Mark's tasty tunes have graced such New York rooms as Postcrypt Coffeehouse, The Baggot Inn, SUN Music Company, Gizzi's Coffee and the legendary Fast Folk Café, New England circuit
mainstays Fire & Water (Northampton, MA), The Kendall Café (Cambridge,
MA) and Acoustic Café (Bridgeport, CT), and such regional haunts as the Peekskill Coffeehouse (Peekskill, NY) and the Hard Luck Café (Huntington, NY).
He has been featured at the Northampton Music Festival, the XFS' XFest and was chosen as
a finalist at the 2001 Minnesota Folk Festival New Folk Contest. Mark also garnered
two "Best Novelty Song" nominations at the 2001 Just Plain Folks Awards, although Mark bristles at the suggestion that he writes novelty songs. More recently, Mark was the featured artist in the September 2005 issue of Acoustic Live in NYC.
Mark has released two CDs on Elizabeth Records, the live Shut Up So I Can Play and the more recent Suspicious Fish, with full-band arrangements of his odes to love, death and perversity.
Mark has shared stages with such folk luminaries as Red Molly, Andrew Kerr, Edie Carey, CC Railroad and Scott Wolfson (with
whom he co-founded New York City's favorite freak-pop band, The
Right Bastards). Most have forgiven him.
If you'd like to contact Mark to book him in your venue, to interview him for your publication, or just to say "I love you", you can e-mail him at email@example.com. Please be gentle.
Shut Up So I Can Play 2000
Suspicious Fish 2005
Other Elizabeth Records Releases