Troubadour’s talent search for open mic

Mark Frith
Mark Frith

YOUNG musicians looking to take their first steps to success can show off their skills at an open mic night run by one of Wigan’s best-known singers.

Mark Frith, who is known for his work with The Troubadours, has taken over running the Sunday night sessions at the Bath Springs pub in Bryn.

Mark started playing at the Wigan Road venue after dropping into the pub while visiting his parents who live nearby, and soon found himself taking a more active role.

He is now looking to encourage up-and-coming talent to play at the Bath Springs, and particularly hopes to encourage young Wigan acts just starting out.

Mark said: “I just went into the pub to watch the football and the owner asked if I could play a couple of tunes. Since then it’s grown into an open mic.

“It’s for anybody who wants to come down. If you’re a singer I can play along with you. It’s a good laugh and it’s becoming really well known, I’ve had a few people travelling across Wigan to play.

“I really want to encourage young musicians to get up and perform as I think the lack of venues is a major concern. It was hard when we were going.

“I was writing songs myself at a young age and it would have been good to go to something like an open mic night and get some experience.”

In addition to starting his showcase for new talent Mark has been busy, turning his songwriting abilities to a contribution to the soundtrack of new film Forsaken.

The Troubadours are also preparing for an EP release, with fans able to get a first listen to the tracks on the band’s Soundcloud page.

The band provided Mark with his biggest successes to date, with the group’s classic British rock sound drawing critics’ attention and his distinctive singing voice being compared to Lee Mavers from The La’s.

The open mic night at the Bath Springs, on Wigan Road in Bryn, takes place on Sunday evenings starting at 8pm.