Mark Cryle is an Australian singer/songwriter that Courier Mail’s Noel Mengel once described as “one of the best songwriters in Australia”.
Grown up in a house filled with the sounds of R&B, Blues, Motown, Soul and Delta blues music, he has been deeply influenced by the music of Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Al Stewart, Ian Matthews among others.
Mark Cryle first came to prominence in the 1990s as the principal songwriter with the band Spot the Dog.
Since then, his songs have featured on Mark’s own solo recordings, a tribute album (I’ve Got a Heart) comprising versions done by prominent Brisbane musicians and a duo project with Carmel Newman, winning awards and garnering radio airplay nationally. In addition, Mark’s songs have been recorded by other Celtic-flavoured artists including Murphy’s Pigs, The Poachers, and Tulca Mor.
Mark has tended to avoid the typical path of the solo singer-songwriter. Instead, he is something of a musical chameleon who enjoys the craft of writing for a variety of ensemble projects. Most recently, these have included the Celtic-flavoured band Asleep at the Reel and a duo with Richard Evans, his old friend from Spot the Dog days, called The Mystery Dogs. Most recently Mark has been working on a project centered on songs about Australian history with nationally and internationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Fix.