material for next album with
recording planned for mid - year
and a CD release scheduled for
"Blue Heart ...
"Going To Honolulu"
"Pale Green Eyes"
"Damn That Quicksand"
"I Wish I Could"
"Bone Canyon Blues"
"Wah's Occurring ?"
9 January 2018
Recording commences at
Angel Studios for new 2018
on You Tube.....
During the last
an Auckland Radio Station
features numerous tracks
from Mark Barratt Trio, plus
various tracks from
Native Son albums.
Mark Barratt Trio... currently
composing new material for next CD album.
Recording for the forthcoming project is expected to begin late December
'17 and continue into early 2018 with a mid year release date.
The new album will feature instrumental & vocal tracks.
-- tracklist --
For The Pharoah.
all tracks feature
Mark Barratt Trio
except tracks 3 &
which are solo guitar pieces only.
except track 5 written by
Bruce Anthon/Mick Power/Mark Barratt
a solo album is now
being recorded for a projected CD release in 2017.
Elements of Jazz/Rock/Blues/Funk are featured across the nine tracks and
while some pieces have a standard Bass & Drums backing other pieces
are solo Electric Guitar only.
3 January 2016
a new year.
History and Equipment
pages have been updated.
14 February 2015
studio and Recording
activity only planned
3 January 2015
Various Native Son tracks on
Native Son -
Native Son - "River Of Life"
Native Son - "Losing You"
Native Son - "Timeslip"
Native Son - "Believe It"
Native Son - "Puppet Man"
Native Son - "Another Day"
Native Son - "Crying In The Night"
at the Grand View
2pm - 6pm
13 January 2014
almost finalised for a future recording project which is expected to
commence later in 2014
featuring a new band name
History page has
been updated !!
13 June 2013
All projects are
now temporarily on hold following my recent stay in hospital for scheduled
working on the
No further Native Son activity planned
preparing material for side projects and writing songs for a future CD project.
15 January 2012
A demo was recorded late last year of one new instrumental piece titled "Gene
10 June 2011
"the LIVE SESSIONS"
OUT NOW !!!
Native Son release
their 5th album "the Live Sessions" 10th June 2011
available via this
website and at forthcoming gigs
The Ice (orig. '83 arr.)
Cool Blue Love
3. Heaven Song
5. I Can Fly
6. Don't Let Me Down
7. Believe It
8. Excerpt From The Peace Suite
9. Son Blues
All songs by Mark
track # 6 by Lennon - McCartney
and track # 9 by
Barratt - Bohl - Anthon
arrangements --- New recordings
CD # 5
"The Live Sessions"
is now at the planning stages. The new album will feature several new
songs as well as some reworked material all recorded in a LIVE
new songs form part of the new Live set along with some previously
recorded material from "Leap
of Faith" and
has been revamped to great effect by the new line-up.
will also feature the song "Break
the Ice" in it's
original 1983 form which bares no musical resemblance to the version
which appeared on the 2nd album "No
The new line-up of Native Son continues to take shape with the inclusion
of suitable cover songs being added to the set of new and old original
After only a few rehearsals new members Bruce and Mick add a creative
freshness to the style and sound of the music.
Native Son ends the year on a positive high note.....!!!
writing and rehearsing new material for inclusion on Native Son
album # 5 and concurrently putting together songs for a proposed Live
He begins working with 2 experienced muso's from the Brisbane scene namely,
Bruce Anthon on Drums and
Mick Bohl on Bass.
Mark Plays at a South
Brisbane Muso's club along with assorted other musicians.
An original, covers and a blues jam set is featured as part of the
at a South Brisbane muso's club night with assorted other musicians.
A couple of Native Son songs are featured along with cover material.
7 August 2010
Native Son ---
been released with initial
availability via this website.
For all enquiries
please use the email contact address.
is the 4th CD release by Native Son and was recorded, mixed and mastered
during 2010 at Angel Studios Brisbane QLD.
been made for a new and refreshed line-up of Native Son.
27 June 2010
Mark plays a hastily
arranged gig on Saturday night 26th at a south Brisbane club with
assorted other musicians and guests. Native Son material is
performed along with established blues rock covers.
Plans are now underway
for a new and "refreshed" line-up of Native Son to
promote the forthcoming album which is due for release in August.
Native Son line-up changes
It has become increasingly difficult to keep a cohesive band unit
where the collective vibe and vision is shared amongst all members.
Mark Barratt as the original founding member of Native Son in his
of guitarist, vocalist and songwriter started the band over 20 years ago
in very different times.
In recent years the single handed task of self financing and managing
the Native Son project as a ongoing band have been added to the
overburdened list of commitments.
Attracting happy and patient band members can sometimes become extremely difficult
in an ever changing music scene.
Like minded musicians need to possess
the creative flair, commitment and the necessary equipment to complement
the established sound that has been the Native Son objective since 1989.
Over the last decade Native Son has evolved by design more as a solo
project where recording has taken precedence over the dwindling gig
In reality any band or solo artist has to also accept the concept of treating
their music as art without any financial return.
A new dawn is now on the
horizon for Native Son as a group collective of positive like minded
17 March 2009
Mark reunites with a former line-up of Simon Elton and Tom (Haggis) Lamb in a special
invitation only gig on 22 March.
This private function
in Blenheim NZ features local muso friends from the past 4
27 May 2008
Mark is currently in the
planning and writing stages of material for a 4th Native Son
album and new line-up
1 December 2007
Johnny & the Phantoms live at the Shafston Hotel Brisbane 4169
26 October 2007
Johnny & the Phantoms live at the
Browns Plains Tavern, Brisbane 4118
1st September 2007
Johnny & the Phantoms live at the
Mexy Cafe, Calamvale Market Place, Brisbane.
17 June 2007
Mark plays guitar as part of Johnny and the Phantoms at a 3 hour open
air gig in Brisbane.
Johnny and the
Phantoms play 1950's rock n' roll and surf instrumentals in their own
style and the line-up comprises ----- John Stroud (guitar/vocals), Ray
Stroud (bass/vocals), Tony van der Puttten - or -
Max Butler (drums/vocals), and
Mark Barratt (guitar/vocals).
7 February 2007
Mark joins forces with other expat
NZ'ers to do studio work on original material
for several forthcoming Australian based projects.
Various other side projects including
live work are also planned.
14 January 2007
As 2007 begins Mark Barratt is now
relocating his music projects to the
Southern Hemisphere. The next chapter could see a new Native Son type line-up
and album as well as recording and live collaborations with other
6 January 2007
Mark, Chris and Terry played the
usual set of music at the latest in the series of gigs at Chipperfield on
Friday 5th. The venue was packed and Mark again played guitar as
part of the Rob Pickett Band which also featured the Genghis Brothers rhythm
section - Geoff Bolam (Bass) and John Kenny (Drums)
4 November 2006
Mark and Chris are
joined by Chris Gillan on Drums for the 2nd in the regular gigs at
Chipperfield. The gig on Friday 3rd in front of a full
crowd saw some blues instrumentals added to the set. Mark and Chris Gillan
also performed as part of the Rob Pickett Band during the evening.
20 October 2006
Mark, Chris and Terry play the first
gig at a new venue in Chipperfield, Herts. The successful
evening comprises part of the current Live set and also backing for other
23 April 2006
Mark, Chris and Terry performed a long set at the Kings Langley Musicians
Club on Friday 21st. The set featured space age blues rock, Native Son
songs, and Jeff Beck & Billy Cobham jazz rock instrumentals.
19 March 2006
Mark was joined by Chris Garner (Bass), Terry Finn (Drums) and Tony
Finn (Percussion) at the latest in the regular gigs at the Kings Langley
Cricket Club. The venue was packed for the Friday 17th event and the set
list for the evening comprised Native Son material and Jazz Rock
7 December 2005
See LIVE page for details of the latest in the continuing series of
occasional guest gigs. --- Following on from Novembers special gig Native Son are scheduled to finish the year with
a December gig as part of the regular music night in Kings Langley.
8 April 2005
Mark plays another live gig at
the Hertfordshire venue using the same bassist and drummer combination
along with some different guests. The set featured Rock, Jazz
and Blues jams.
Further appearances are
scheduled over the coming months at the same venue -- ---
check LIVE page for updates.
18 March 2005
Mark plays a live gig
at a Hertfordshire club with Chris Garner (bass) and Terry Finn (drums) --
plus special guests. A jammin' night featuring Rock, Jazz and Blues music
including a solo performance of the Native Son track Heaven Song.
16 July 2004
Heepsteria now deleted/hard to find!?
- Anyone wishing to obtain the Native Son only featured tracks may now contact
this site direct for CD-R copies.
3 October 2003
Leap of Faith CD now available via www.towerrecords.com
First Native Son album
Solidground (1991) now available to order online via
Utopian Sky project
changed to new concept. Original demo's of new material scrapped.
Further details of fresh direction on FAQ page...
13 May 2002
Online music sales company
add Native Son -- Leap Of Faith c.d.
to catalog. Access details via link ----
2 January 2002
Native Son music available to order on
line via - www.amazon.co.uk
Native Son - Leap of Faith: £11.99
Various Artists - Heepsteria (2 CD) featuring two tracks by Native Son:
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