"The highlight of the entire evening took place when Mark launched into some blues (to a discerning audience in a Blues festival town), during which he played blistering, brilliant acoustic guitar licks, while voice-mimicking lead guitar sounds note for note, nuance for nuance in a masterful display of technique and taste that stands as one of our Club’s most memorable performances to this day. He almost brought the house down!"

- Brendan (Mookx) Hanley, BYRON VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Byron Bay, NSW

Mark Laurent at the Bunker - magic - seeing is believing - hearing is mind-boggling. Confirming the guitar hero status that he earned several decades ago, Mark's guitar is just about as expressive as his vocals, and what a great songwriter! Listening to Mark is like being washed in Irish Cream, and that's from someone who hasn't got a sweet tooth. He sings from the heart, and it's as much a pleasure watching the audience enjoying the thrill that he obviously gets from sharing his songs and musical gifts. "It's only love in the end, that's all," and it shows in everything he does.”


Roger Giles, Real Music, Auckland


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I’ve been a professional musician since the late ‘70s.  After working in bands and duos, especially over the last several years with my wife/musical partner Brenda Liddiard (aka Millennium Hippies), I’ve felt a strong urge to return to my first love – solo.  I play guitar and vocal, and sometimes harmonica, ukulele and rowan lute (a little instrument specially built for me).  I write all my own material, but have a fair list of covers too.

Formative influences included The Beatles, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Larry Norman, Sting & Peter Gabriel amongst many others.  More recent favourites include Gillian Welch & Leonard Cohen.  I play an acoustic/electric crossover style (mostly on an old Gibson J45) doing acoustic rock, blues, reggae, a tad of alt-country, folk, vaguelly jazzy soul and post-millennial gospel.  I’ve recorded quite a lot of albums over the years, and worked as producer/session musician on many projects.

I’m also a writer - I’ve published 3 collections of poetry, a children’s storybook, & a book of modern psalms.  I’ve written articles & reviews for faith & arts magazines.  Sometimes I’ll sprinkle poetry readings into a set.

"...(one) of New Zealand's finest and most prolific singer/songwriters. .. amazing guitar work .. tongue in cheek humour, plenty of feeling". - Wellington Folk Festival