BIOGRAPHY

Mark Wahl

A singer-songwriter, guitarist, and luthier. Mark has been around the local acoustic music scene for decades and is known by many as the director of the Ontario Center for Performing Arts (“the Oswego Music Hall”), a 200 seat noprofit venue on the shore of Lake Ontario promoting acoustic music.* 

 

A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, Mark retired from his business in design and general contracting to direct his energies to his music, the Oswego Music Hall, and his luthierie shop where he produces and repairs fine acoustic instruments.

 

Mark’s songs are often poignant vignettes with powerful use of metaphor and simple, compelling melodies. Mark's  2018 CD release “Circadia” was nominated for best Album in the “Americana” category of the SAMMYs (Syracuse Area Music Awards). Mark’s popular 2013 CD “Everything Returns” was recorded with his trio “Canvas Moon”. 

 

Mark has performed with Loren Barrigar, Mark Mazengarb, Colleen Kateau, Jeff Haines, Austin MacRae, Cam Caruso, John McConnell, David Tamulevich, Larry Kyle, Gina Holsopple, JoAnne Sherwood, Denise Knight, R.J.Bracchitta, Joshua Garcia, Tim Burns, Mike Powell, Elsa Kennedy, Marc Warner, Jeff Haynes, and many upstate New York songwriters. He has opened for regional performers including Aztec Two Step, Dana Fuchs and Loren Barrigar.

 

This summer you will find him attending the Falcon Ridge & Old Songs Festivals, and at the Northeast Folk Alliance Conference in November.

 

*Although Mark still supports The Oswego Music Hall as Guest Curator Director and Internship Co-ordinator, Mark termed off the board this year after serving 13 years as president. He looks forward to having more time to write and perform.