Mark Tolstrup
 Music

 
For Booking Contact:
Mark Tolstrup
(518)260-1287
mark@marktolstrup.com
60th Birthday Show
Caffe Lena
June 30, 2017
Saratoga bluesman Mark Tolstrup has entranced east coast blues fans with his passionate Delta slide for many years, both solo and with acoustic and electric bands. He has a passionate and genuine approach to classic works by Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly. His original songs breathe new life into the blues tradition, employing masterful guitar technique and moody songwriting. Tonight Mark is welcoming fans new and old into his 60th birthday celebration with a fantastic show featuring his favorite songs and his favorite musical guests. 


Traditional New Orleans Jazz with:
Brass & Blues

Acoustic/Electric blues with:
Street Corner Holler

Many special musical guests!!!

Please join me for this very special celebration 
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, June 30
Click HERE to reserve your tickets now.

"Sometimes you just know a performer is thinking about the drive, thinking about the turn-out, thinking about something other than the song. With Mark Tolstrup that is never the case. He is capable of bringing all of his mental and physical power to bear on each moment of music. He becomes completely at one with his instrument, with the journey of the song, with the rebirthing of it into the present moment. In that regard he reminds me of Kelly Joe Phelps. But when the song is over, he brings all that same energy into developing a repoire with the audience. His confidence and desire to do right by his listeners is unsurpassed. I know that’s why the size of his audience has grown so rapidly here at Caffe Lena over the past few years."  Sarah Craig, manager  of  Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

"Mark Tolstrup melds rock, blues, ragtime and jazz on Root Magic but sticks closest (and most authentically) to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta: Robert Johnson, Son House and even Muddy Waters. Tolstrup’s aggressive fingerstyle guitar and slide National Steel make this album worth hearing." Chip O’Brian, Blues Revue Magazine

"It's a gem of an album with the guitarist-vocalist balancing a strong selection of rippling, slashing original tunes with nuggets from the song bag of such greats as Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Leadbelly."    Greg Haymes -Albany Times Union

"Mark, Thanks for holding on to the traditional blues sound and representing it so well."Dr. David Evans - Highwater Records

"He has that raw real sound that separates the posers from the genuine article"   Don Wilcock, Troy Record

"I really enjoyed this album for it’s unpretentious, tasty material and approach."      Bruce Iglauer-Alligator Records

"Thanks again for sending me your great album "Root Magic" Your mix of covers, traditionals and own songs makes it one of the best rootsblues releases I've heard this year."   Thomas Kaldijk, Radio show "Blueprint" Holland.

"When a guy makes a album with only his guitar, he`ll have to be good, because you can hear every mistakes, Mark does not have to think about that, he is not good, he is great, and with a Danish name, and since I`m from Denmark, he can change passport anytime, we would love to such a great musician in Denmark." Kjell Andreassen Radio Holstebro, Denmark
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Mark Tolstrup inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame November 11, 2012
On stage with 93 year old blues man Honey Boy Edwards. Click on photo to check it out on youtube.