Profile Type: Artist
Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis ("People Look Around") bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 18 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. In addition to producing two records for McKenna, Erelli's own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) and songs of stirring social conscience, as well as several highly-acclaimed collaborations (including Seven Curses, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault). His tenth and newest solo album, 2016's For A Song, has already been likened by No Depression to "the best of Paul Simon or Jackson Browne's work...stories that are immediately relatable and reflective of the small moments in our lives."

I Have Worked With

  • September 2018

    I have performed my own shows here, as well as part of my bluegrass band. I have taken over the programming and curation of the 2nd Shift Series at this venue and am in my second season of that role. I performed here with my bluegrass band in Sept. 2018.

  • March 2018

    The Parlor Room is run by my former record label Signature Sounds. I have performed at the club several times a year as an artist in my own right and as a sideman for other artists. I have also participated in other events the organization holds, like the Back Porch Festival and Green River Festival. I performed here for my Mixtape album release show in Mar 2018.

  • March 2018

    I have performed at the club several times a year as an artist in my own right, as a sideman for other artists, and as a member of my bluegrass band Barnstar! I performed here for my Mixtape album release show in Mar 2018.


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522 Lebanon St.
Melrose, MA 02176
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Music - Folk
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Folk Alliance
Americana Music Association
International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2005
Kerrville New Folk Winner, 1999

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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2 XLR cables
1 mic stand
soundboard with +48V phantom power
house speakers
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