Mark writes corporate songs to match events. Corporates supply him with information on delegates or company events and he composes a humorous song. He has had standing ovations for the last 6 corporates he has written and performed for. He can also write serious corporate music or jingles for events (as per the Meridian launch anthem and Otago Regional Customhouse Quay opening.).
His album “BLAAACK” contains 14 songs about New Zealand Sport. The first single from this album “Advance Australia Unfair” was a huge hit throughout the country and Mark appeared on the Holmes TV programme within four days of its release. This was his 10th appearance on “Holmes” with his songs. Mark also provided an album to coincide with the last All Black World Cup campaign, which included supporters' songs for the Netball World Cup and America's Cup Defence. His latest album "Kiwi Tonguer" was recorded live at the International Comedy Festival. On a typical evening he would start out with ambient music during cocktails or first course. He would then do a floorshow after the main course which starts with a corporate song and then his comedy bracket - he has up to 90 minutes of material available. These hilarious songs are all about all things New Zealand, sport, politics, etc and are all tasteful (no bad words) and up to the minute. He will then perform dance or background music afterwards - whatever is required.
Mark can also design entertainment programmes for corporates. He has access to numerous brilliant entertainers throughout the country who provide excellent value for money – all with the highest degree of professionalism e.g. Brian Ringrose ex “Invaders” guitarist from Christchurch. He also has female soloists who sing with both him and Brian. He has specialist theme nights available with props eg. a night at Blarney Castle, a full blown Irish night featuring the Michael O’Reilly band with Mark being the MC - and dancers etc. Tables are named after Irish counties for competitions during the night (dancing story telling and singing). The venue normally provides an Irish menu. A night with Pirate Radio Hauraki. 60’s & 70’s music, disc jockey, Beatles themeing, music competitions etc.
Mark is also the author of “Think and Play Better Bowls” with Peter Bellis. He has also written “Think and Play Better Rugby” with Grant Fox. His books focus on self-improvement techniques as they apply to sport.
The Minstrel’s unique blend of humour and insight has established his work as the essence and spirit of NZ sport” Murray Deaker, Newstalk ZB
“…..by the way , I thought The Minstrel was outstanding” Graham Henry, All Black coach at Murray Mexted’s IRANZ dinner Palm Nth
“Draws in his audience and has them spellbound. A very rare talent and a great bloke” Chris Weaver, CEO Ellerslie Racing Club
“a pivotal part of a hugely successful conference – simply amazing” Johnathan Anderson, Kip McGrath Education
“star of the show, an extremely clever wordsmith and the ultimate entertainer” Wanganui Chronicle
“Brilliant comedy without foul language. Always delivers more than expected. My highest recommendation” Greg O’Connor, President NZ Police Assn.