Playlist of the Week no 48, 2018: Folks & Strokes by Mark Joseph Parsons of Berthmark

This week’s POTW is brought to you by Dubliner Mark Joseph Parsons, who writes and performs as Berthmark. His musical journey started with a tin whistle and a bodhran and expanded to other instruments as time went on. He’s big on story telling – his songs tend to start as short stories and get translated into music after. Being a storyteller, he’s also looking to progress to writing for film.

Mark’s Folks and Strokes playlist has an indie-folk singer-songwriter feel to it, with names you’ll recognise like Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Ray LaMontagne, The Pogues and Badly Drawn Boy. But there’s a twist – these artists have been paired with independent artists you may not know already, such as Garrett, Katie Ellen and Vic Cracknell. The result is a charming, laid-back folk-fest which is easy to work to.

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