Mark McLaughlin

Born in Holland of English and Scottish descent, Mark moved to Australia in the early 70s. He first played guitar at the age of 9 to the sounds of his brother’s drumming. By the end of primary school, Mark was playing bassoon in the school band. After leaving school and moving to Sydney, Mark played bass guitar in a heavy rock band in Surry Hills for 12 months before focusing on the guitar. His early 20s found Mark developing his playing skills and the philosophy of his music.
Mark has played in a variety of genres – duos, bands and so on, including Saddletramp a 50/50 country rock band with Australian hall of fame inductee Barry Johnston (who was once a support act for Johnny O’Keefe). Mark has also performed with one of Australia’s finest saxophone players Roy Ainsworth and Peter Bolton who is the ex-keyboard player for Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. Mark has also performed at Lismore Folk Festival, Cedar Country Music Awards with Owen Blundell and the Brisbane Rock and Roll Convention at Tivoli Theatre with Saddletramp alongside “Gator”(guitarist from 1980s band The Radiators).
Mark has been working for Mitchell Conservatorium since 2006 and also teaches guitar at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst.

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