Performer

MARK GROWDEN

Mark Growden is known for his soulful and poetic performances in which he sings and plays baritone saxophone, accordion, banjo, jaw harps, sruti box, bicycle handlebars, seljefloyte, Swedish bagpipes, lur, jouhikko, kankles, and kantele. He has released several critically acclaimed albums, including Saint Judas, which was awarded “2010 Rekkid of the Year” by music blog Stash Dauber and ranked in the 2010 Village Voice Critics Poll.  Growden has toured the the US extensively, performing at venues such as the The Fillmore, Cowell Theater, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco; Snug Harbor and the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans; and The Knitting Factory and Tonic in New York. Growden’s one-man show “Spare the Rod” – directed and co-written by Remy Charlip – played to sold-out audiences at Dancer’s Group/Footworks in San Francisco. Growden has performed and collaborated with numerous musicians including Hamza el Din, The San Francisco Opera, Remy Charlip, Kid Congo Powers, Wendell Brunious, Stan Ridgeway, John Santos, Jim Santi Owen, Evan Fraser, Omar Sosa, Ralph Carney, Rising Star Drum & Fife Band, James Singleton, Baby Gramps, Eric McFadden, Larry Sieberth, Extra Action Marching Band, Faun Fables, and Carla Kihlsted from Tin Hat Trio.

DISCOGRAPHY

MARK GROWDEN & THE NEW ORLEANS HEAVIES – IN VELVET (2013)

Tracklist

  1. Drivin’ Into the Sunrise
  2. The Love of It All
  3. Jumpin’ Judy
  4. Something Within Me
  5. Old Lady from Brewster
  6. Paris, Texas
  7. Sunday Afternoon
  8. You Really Got a Hold On Me
  9. Old Dutch Davis
  10. That’s All Right
  11. Here’s to You

MARK GROWDEN
BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING (2012)

Blood Tea and Red String is a stop-motion-animated feature film, called by director Christiane Cegavske a “fairy tale for adults”. It was released on February 2, 2006 after a production time of 13 years, having been filmed in various places in theWest Coast and in two studios. The musical score was composed and performed by Mark Growden.

MARK GROWDEN
LOSE ME IN THE SAND (2011)

Tracklist

  1. You Ain’t Never Been Loved
  2. Settle in a Little While
  3. Bones
  4. I’m On Fire
  5. Killing Time
  6. Lovin’ Emma
  7. Takin’ My Time
  8. John Hardy
  9. Shady Grove
  10. Star Spangled Benz

MARK GROWDEN
SAINT JUDAS (2010)

Tracklist

  1. Undertaker
  2. Delilah
  3. Saint Judas
  4. If the Stars Could Sing
  5. Been in the Storm so Long
  6. I’m Your Man
  7. Faith in My Pocket
  8. Everybody Holds a Piece of the Sun
  9. Coyote
  10. Handlebars
  11. Inside Every Bird
  12. The Gates / Take Me to the Water
  13. All the Pretty Little Horses

MARK GROWDEN
ISLAND OF THE GONDOLIERS (2009)

Here’s the official trailer for the film Island of the Gondoliers by Guido Muzzarelli.

I composed the score.  It was arranged by Seth Ford-Young and myself and performed by Seth Ford-Young, Evan Fraser and myself.

It premiered in October, 2009.

MARK GROWDEN
LIVE AT THE CASBAH – SAN DIEGO (2004)

Tracklist

  1. Undertaker
  2. Coyote
  3. Saint Judas
  4. Crazy Davey
  5. John Hardy
  6. Bones
  7. Ain’t Never Been Loved
  8. Fuck Boy
  9. The Nasty

MARK GROWDEN
LIVE AT THE ODEON (2003)

Tracklist

  1. Bones
  2. Survivor
  3. Bottles
  4. Inside Every Bird – Chorus Live
  5. Stealing the Ocean – (Bonus Track, not on original album)
  6. Don’t Wanna Go Back
  7. Gallows Tree
  8. Love Reign O’er Me
  9. Song to the Siren
  10. Fuck Boy
  11. Fatalistic Hoedown
  12. Jolene
  13. Trouble

MARK GROWDEN’S ELECTIC PINATA
INSIDE BENEATH BEHIND (2001)

Tracklist

  1. Inside Every Bird
  2. 1,000
  3. 9 Mouths
  4. Bones
  5. Green Heaven
  6. Devouring Time
  7. Pipes
  8. Beneath Every Wave
  9. Diggin’ Up The Bones
  10. Drums
  11. Sally
  12. Behind Every Bird

MARK GROWDEN
DOWNSTAIRS KARAOKE (1999)

Tracklist

  1. House of Love
  2. Squeaky Persimmon
  3. Downstairs Karaoke Guy
  4. Gimme
  5. Dirt Road
  6. Takin’ My Time
  7. Ted Nugent & All That He Means to Me
  8. Squeaky P
  9. Rental Car
  10. Killing Time
  11. Gates of Heaven
  12. Lady Lu
  13. Last Fall
  14. Rain

MARK GROWDEN
THIS PIGGY (1997)

Tracklist:
Here:

  1. Killing Time
  2. Way Down Low
  3. Settle in a Little While
  4. This Piggy

There:

  1. Don’t Wanna Go Back
  2. Timmy
  3. Rain

MARK GROWDEN
DON’T WANNA GO BACK (1996)

Tracklist:

  1. Don’t Wanna Go Back / Mother – a single

AS A PRODUCER

Drea – Surrender (2013)

The Mockingbirds – Lacuna (2012)

Scott King/Christopher St. Johns – Oomph! (2012)

  • Drea – Surrender (2013)
  • The Mockingbirds – Lacuna (2012)
  • Scott King/Christopher St. Johns – Oomph! (2012)

COMPILATIONS

  • Fog City Blues: Live in the studio – Volume 4 (2018)
  • Oliver’s Real Music – Volume 3 (2013)
  • Luz de Vida – A Compilation to Benefit the Victims of the Tucson Tragedy (2011)
  • Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits – His Words – Our Music (2007)
  • SF Weekly Music Awards Compilation (2003)
  • SF Weekly Music Awards Compilation (2002)
  • Beastfest Compilation (2001)
  • Wavelength Infinity, A Sun Ra Tribute (1995)

AS A GUEST

  • Joe Rut – Oyster Girl (2015)
  • Drea – Surrender (2013)
  • The Mockingbirds – Lacuna (2012)
  • The Tiger Lillies – Rime of the Ancient Mariner (2012)
  • Ian Franklin and Infinite Frequency – Breaking Grounds (2012)
  • The Crux – Now Ferment (2009)
  • Splatter Trio – Splatter Trio + n (2007)
  • Six Eye Columbia – Frowny Frown (2001)
  • Six Eye Columbia – A Million Six (2001)
  • Ray’s Vast Basement – On the Banks of Time (2000)
  • Steve August – Happiness the Hero (1999)
  • Lori B – Hurricane Child (1998)
  • Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet – Sacred Text (1996)
  • Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) – Baru Bay (1995)