Wright on the Mark

The Hootenanny's on, as Carolyn Mark and Luther Wright return to Halifax.

She calls herself a terrible hostess, but you know wherever Carolyn Mark goes, the party follows, especially when she brings along a few friends, including the man of your dreams, Luther Wright.

Several years ago, Mark, who just released Let's Just Stay Here, a collection of duets with NQ Arbuckle, was hosting her Victoria-based open mic, The Hootenanny. According to legend, after talking to Wright---best known for playing guitar for Sarah Harmer, and his own band, The Wrongs---the duo decided to take The Hootenanny Revue on the road. "Somehow the Canada Council saw the method to our madness and kicked in some bank which helped us to only risk our health," says Wright. The Revue grew to include "many Canadian roots luminaries," including Jenny and Dan Whiteley, Jim Bryson, Harmer ("when we could kidnap her") and current tourmates Diona Davies and Tolan McNeal.

Cut from the same hand-sewn cloth, expect some musical chemistry between Mark and Wright. "Carolyn is my sister from another mister," says Wright. "We've chucked the knuckles and hurt ourselves laughing and loving. After all these years of writing and performing the country music that radio forgot we may have marginalized ourselves right front and centre. Although the night is young, this tour is short and we promised ourselves this time we will not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory..."