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Mark is a third generation musician,
influenced by the early music that came out of Americas Deep South.
His renditions are raw, played on Acoustic and Dobro guitars, backed by a stomp box.
Classic blues, from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn combined with earthy folk/blues originals, delivered with impressive presence, that's never overstated.
He has performed at festivals including Gympie Music Muster, Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival, Rotorua Blues Festival, NZ., Festival of King Is., Tas.,
and The Cunnamulla 150 yr. Reunion Festival.

With bros Red, his 2017 Album " Porter Bros Blues " reached No. 13 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart.
2018 and '19 has seen Mark touring throughout Qld.
He is currently working on a new original solo Album to be released in late 2020.

Growing up in Adelaide, he was surrounded by music.
His Grandfather Albert started the first brass band in Thebarton.
Mark's father Max played sax and clarinet and led a sixteen piece orchestra.
When Mark first picked up the guitar his early influences were country and folk music, until he heard Eric Claptons' renditions of Robert Johnson.
He has been playing the blues ever since.

Mark formed his first blues band,
" Texas Flood " in the mid 90's and they played the Central Queensland area extensively.

In 2004 he made the move to the Sunshine Coast.
Immediately joining local band "The Blues Burners"

2007 saw the release of Mark's debut solo album, produced and engineered by legendary
guitar player Tim Gaze.
Tim also plays on the album with
well known blues harp maestro Doc Span
and Sydney bass player, Mark's brother, Red Porter.

Shortly after the release, he hit the road to promote the album, travelling Aust. for 5yrs,
playing gigs in Qld, NT, WA and SA.

He is continually playing solo gigs throughout Australia and Overseas.

Recent Festival appearances---

Gympie Music Muster, Qld.
Rotorua Blues Festival, New Zealand.
Agnes Water Blues Festival, Qld.
Festival Of King Island, Tasmania.
Cunnamulla 150 yr. Reunion.

Mark released a new Album in 2017.
"Porter Bros. Blues"
A collaboration with brother Red.
Again featuring Tim Gaze and Doc Span.
The Album reached No. 13 on the
Australian Blues And Roots Airplay Chart.

Recent tours---
2018--Sunshine Coast to Cooktown.
Sunshine Coast to SW Qld.
2019--Sunshine Coast to Central W Qld.
Sunshine Coast to SW Qld.

Genres Blues
Influences Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters
Phone 0427 369 772 --To Purchase CD $15
Email shirley.mark@hotmail.com
Location Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia

Past Gigs