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Biography

Two guitarists join forces for a magical night of acoustic blues on the upper deck of the Portland Spirit on the Hoodoo Moon Cruise Friday, July 6.

Two guitarists join forces for a magical night of acoustic blues on the upper deck of the Hoodoo Moon Cruise Friday, July 6. Mary Flower and Mark Shark will be offering dazzling fingerpicked and slide guitar, with maybe a little mandolin, banjo, or ukulele thrown in.

Mary Flower’s immense fingerpicking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story. A two-time finalist in the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and a multiple Blues Music Awards nominee, Mary tours world-wide, playing such renowned festivals as Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion, Calgory Folk Festival, and has been a featured at Waterfront Blues Festival for many years.

“A world class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player.” – Downbeat Magazine

Mark Shark is an accomplished musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose work over the past three decades in California has taken him around the world and offered him an education unique to those not attending formal studies. He teaches various stringed instruments at both Five Star Guitars and Portland Music Company. Throughout his career he has had the pleasure to have played and recorded with many of his own personal heroes, including the likes of Jesse Ed Davis, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Terry Evans, and many more.

About Mark