The Paul Mirfin Band

Mark Boyle

Banjo, Shruti box, BVs

As a young man, i was always influenced by very skilled acoustic fingerpickers… From the likes of Chet Atkins, Merle travis, Tommy Emmanuel etc. This is where my interest in fingerpicking came from. However, this isn’t necessarily what i would listen to on a daily basis for pleasure… To just pick one band is a difficult task, however one band that I have always returned to… “Counting Crows” When the album August and everything After came out in 1993 I was only 8 years old, and more interested in Mario Bros! But I could hear this music coming out of my eldest sisters room, and that had evidently influenced me. This album in particular I listen to regularly. The songs are beautifully crafted, with lyrics that make me shiver… Mark.