Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1973, Mark Geary is one of eight brothers and sisters raised during a time of extreme political and social upheaval, part of the reason there was a mass exodus of young Irishmen in the late '80s and early '90s. Geary, if fact, was one of those emigrants; he arrived in New York in 1992 at the ripe age of 19, and gradually established himself as one of New York's most popular singer/songwriters, with the local press christening Geary the next in a line of honest and personal songwriters who have made a mark on the music industry, including Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith. To back up the hype, Geary released his eponymous debut recording on Paradigm Records at the outset of 1999. Like Beth Orton before him, Geary spices up traditional folk arrangements and instrumentation with bits of electronica in the open spaces and background of his music.
Mark’s album 33 1/3 Grand Street, released in 2002, was recorded with a talented group of musicians and an eclectic selection of instruments that grabbed the attention of new fans in the U.S. and abroad. Mark’s next album, Ghosts, brought him critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and was voted 2005′s Album of the Year by the Irish Voice. 2008′s Opium continued the trend of showcasing Mark’s considerable talents.
In 2009, Mark’s recording, Live, Love, Lost It, NYC, took him back to his New York roots and features songs from all three studio albums recorded live throughout NYC.
Mark has composed the score to several films; 2005’s Loggerheads, 2006’s Steel City, and 2010′s Sons of Perdition. He recently completed work on the score for an unreleased Irish film. His songs have been featured on various television shows including One Tree Hill and Bones.
His most recent studio album, recorded in NYC with veteran of New York’s downtown music scene Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle) on bass, key and guitars and Jenna Nicholls and Glen Hansard on backing vocals, is titled Songs About Love, Songs About Leaving.