• Mark Mathews

Bye Bye 2017 - Thank You Everybody

Well, we made it. 2017 is in it's last throws before we step on through to the other side and see what 2018 is going to bring. So, with that in mind it is time to say thank you, to all those that need thanking!

Firstly, thank you to all the venues and promoters that have had me come and perform over the year. There's been a real eclectic mix and that's how I like it and I've made new friends and fans as I've bodded from venue to venue with my guitar on my back, looking like a friggin' turtle. Highlights have been polaying at Burning Man 2017 and in Los Angeles, but special thanks goes to those that have booked me on numerous occasions - Luna Lounge, Siren Communications, Folking Around and 21st Century Noise. Big love and I hope to see you all again in 2018!

Busking has been on the big tip this year (excuse the 'tipping' pun there), owing to having SO MUCH material to try out on you Londoners. So, I want to thank every single one of you that have bought a CD, given me cash, hugged/kissed me, shook my hand, gave me words of encouragement or danced as I've played. You feed my soul in the most pure way and it is a form of playing live that I absolutely adore. Been a tricky one in the capital in 2017, but I see the real London every time I play in the tube and it is beautiful, understanding, forgiving and kind. Love ya!

There have been a lot of spins from my new music this year on TV and Radio and I want to thank the countless stations that have played my music, had me on to discuss the #newmusiceverymonth project and bigged me up! Special thanks goes to Audio Graffiti and The Unsigned Show for their continued support online as well as on the air waves!

Loads of love goes out to the bloggers, reviewers and writers who have put pen to paper (Or type to screen...you know what I mean!) and spread the word about my #newmusiceverymonth project. It's been a hard slog and it always means a lot when people shoulder the burden and get the word out there so thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you!

Read the latest Rock Shot article about the #newmusiceverymonth project HERE.

I also couldn't do this list without thanking those photographers that have made me look decent for all those press shots. Martin Petty and Rachel Lipsitz have done phenomenal work for me and I am so greatly indebted for their 'skillz'!

Possibly the biggest of thanks goes to the Producer extraordinaire that is Andrea Lepori. He joined me at the start of the year doing this crazy, non stop project and has done a fantastic job and has been a great friend along the way. I literally couldn't have released all these songs without him and so gargantuan thanks to him and all the work he put it over the past 12 months! More to come in 2018!

And finally, as always, I thank you - the reader/fan/follower/etc. Everyone that downloaded a track, shared a song online, liked my posts, came to a show, gave me words of encouragement and everything else wonderful that you do has meant everything to me. Everything you do, from a 'like' to a download or a stream is hugely important and allows me to keep going on with this music thing. You all hark from different places around the globe (Big shout out to the American, Swedish and Australian fans. You guys always pop up in my reports! xxxx) and that still blows my mind and I just hope I can continue to make music that you appreciate and that connects. I could not say thank you enough times to you beautiful little buttercups, so: Thank you X infinity!

I wish you all a very happy New Year and I hope it turns out to be the best ever for everyone of you! Massive Love. See you on the other side!

How has your 2017 been? Let me know in the comments below.

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