Britpop icon and Sheffield favourite Mark Morriss brings his one-man show back to the city next week.
The 43-year-old former frontman with The Bluetones has released two solo albums – with another on the way – and been an almost present on the road since the Britpop quartet disbanded in September 2011.
But the Londoner says he just loves performing.
He says: “I get a real sense of my own progression as a performer from playing the solo acoustic shows. No two gigs are the same, so it’s not as if I’m ever just going through a routine. Each show is a performance rather than a recital, and I think the nature of this has kept me stimulated.”
And Wednesday’s show at The Greystones will be his fifth or sixth in Sheffield in the last few years, following appearances at Sheffield Cathedral, the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge, the 02 Academy and a couple of shows at The Greystones.
“I’m very lucky in that I have people who keep coming out to see me,” he says. “So as long as that lasts I’ll keep coming back.
“But to be honest, Sheffield has been a happy hunting ground for me throughout my whole career. There’s a real passion for music and the arts in Sheffield, it has a very ‘young, creative’ vibe to the place, and that in itself is incredibly attractive to someone like me.”
And Mark is promising a show to remember for all the right reasons next week – unlike last summer’s show at The Greystones which will live long in the memory for the temperature in the venue on a sweltering summer’s day.
“There will be a mixture of new songs and old,” he says. “It’s always a buzz to share the newer material, because it’s only natural that as an artist this is the stuff that is closest and most relevant to me ‘now’. But what with the wonderful back catalogue The Bluetones have, and the fact I still feel very proud about a lot of those songs, I’m able to ‘lucky dip’ and add any number of things to the set, according to the audience mood.”
And he is excited to be able to perform with The Bluetones once again this year.
The band have followed in the footsteps of many of their Britpop contemporaries such as Cast, Shed Seven, Dodgy and, famously, Blur, and are reforming for a series of gigs later this year.
The Bluetones – Mark, bassist Scott, his brother, who now works in illustration, registered osteopath Eds Chesters on drums and guitarist Adam Devlin – are playing a series of 20th anniversary shows to mark two decades since the release of their first singles, although there is no show in Sheffield, with the nearest in Manchester and Leeds.
n Mark Morriss plays The Greystones, Greystones Road, Greystones, Sheffield, on Wednesday, May 27, from 8pm. For tickets, priced £12, see www.mygreystones.co.uk