About Mark G

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Mark graduated with first class honours from the MA in Music and Media Technology at Trinity College, Dublin in 2008. His MA research saw him broadcast the first surround sound content on Ireland’s digital radio network, in conjunction with RTE Radio. Upon graduating, he began teaching on the BA Music course in Waterford Institute of Technology, specialising in Music Technology.  That remains his day job. But he also writes and performs with electro/dance group King Kong Company.

Mark is vocalist, percussionist and trombonist with KKC, who have played the biggest festival stages in Ireland, Europe and the UK. They will make a welcome return to Glastonbury in 2019, while at home their late-night sets at Electric Picnic have become the stuff of legend. Dubbed ‘festival specialists’ by Irish press, in November 2018, KKC sold out their first headline show in The Olympia Theatre in Dublin. The band have twice received awards for Best Live Act in Ireland. They received the Bram Stoker Medal for Entertainment from the Philosophical Society in Trinity College in 2018.

Mark has worked for Today FM and RTE Radio. His first book, A Year of Festivals in Ireland, documented his quest to attend three Irish festivals per week for an entire year. He ended up attending three Irish festivals per week for three years, while writing his Festival Fit column for The Irish Times. A Year of Festivals in Ireland won Travel Book of the Year at the Travel Writers Awards 2015. The associated Year of Festivals blog won Best Popular Culture Blog at the Irish Blog Awards.

Mark travelled to Jamaica with the State University of New York twice, to teach music in primary schools and train sound engineers and artists in a recording studio built to fund and maintain a HIV centre. He has composed, arranged and recorded sound design work for radio, television, theatre and street performance, including the televised show that launched Cork City of Culture 2005 and sound design for The Outsiders by David McWilliams, originally staged in The Abbey.

Music, technology, media and festivals aside, Mark is happiest touring coastal routes on his bicycle. He’s undertaken some epic spins in different countries. For his 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way journey on a wooden bicycle, in 2015, he contributed weekly roving reports to The Marian Finucane Show on RTE Radio 1 and wrote weekly articles from the road for The Irish Independent. Recently he led a German documentary crew on a Mayo and Galway coastal cycle. That documentary airs on ARTE Television in spring 2019. His dream is to head off on a round-the-world cycle.

A former All Ireland Conker Champion and All Ireland Bucket Singing Champion, Mark only managed 15th place in the All Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships, but he did clock a better time than Leo Varadkar in the competition.  Mr Varadkar, of course, tends to underperform when he finds himself in deep water, although he may have picked up some valuable mud-slinging skills at the event.

HERE is a piece Mark wrote for The Irish Times, HERE is a piece he contributed to Today FM and HERE he is on drums, vocals and trombone with King Kong Company.

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