Mark & Brenda are well known on the acoustic music scene with Mark having a penchant for acoustic rock, blues and reggae while Brenda’s songs lean more towards new folk and alternate country. Her solo album Box of Memories was a finalist in the 2013 Best Folk Album Tui Awards.
Their shows are an eclectic mix of material that can be ‘pin drop’ delicate or sound like a full band. They sometimes pepper their sets with bursts of poetry as well, as Mark is a professional writer.
Brenda and Mark have toured NZ, Australia & the UK for nearly 30 years. What they enjoy most is connecting with the audiences on an intimate level, in acoustic clubs, small theatres, house concerts, churches, – wherever people want to come close and really listen.
Bookings are essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486. Admission is $10 and a small plate or bottle for supper.
“In a programme packed with musical gems played and sung by a truly great line-up, it might have been hard to be a stand-out act, but believe me, the Kiwi duo of Mark Laurent & Brenda Liddiard managed to do just that.”
Brendan (Mook) Hanly, Byron Vista Social Club, Byron Bay
“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! 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”. Roger Giles, Real Music
“Brenda has a beautiful voice and knows how to engage an audience. She worked on every word with passion and commitment and was able to create a very special atmosphere. The audience was spellbound.”
Friz Wollner, Mojo Acoustic
“This fantastic Auckland duo never ceases to amaze me with the diversity of their songs, musicianship and poetry … sublime guitar and mandolin textures and soulful harmonies.”
Mike Moroney, New Edinburgh Folk Club
“Mark and Brenda have perfected the art of listening to and supporting each other musically. Their (songs) are thought-provoking and they perform with great integrity and heart.”
The Muse Community Music Trust