Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Mark Casey was raised in Mullagh village, West Clare, Ireland. He grew up mostly listening to traditional Irish folk music—a music where emphasis was placed on storytelling and simple melodies, the vehicle on which these stories travelled. As time went on, his musical tastes expanded but his roots stood fast. His own style takes its influence from a cross between Ireland’s finest storytellers, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and Pete St. John to the godfathers of American song writing, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and on to the modern styles of Aimee Mann, The Eels, and Sparklehorse.
Having participated in bands as a guitarist and songwriter since the age of seventeen, Mark finally decided to go the solo path, working under the artist name “Quarter.” The name was picked up from friends during his visits with brother Conor at University in Limerick. The brothers have dabbled in various musical conquests together; Conor finding talent as a drummer, and Mark honing his song writing craft. As a major influence in Mark’s music, Conor brought him to Chicago, and the duo, with the help of Chicago band, “The Its!,” recorded the Quarter EP in the fall of 2004. Casey returned home and had the EP mastered by “Robyn Robins” the original keyboard player with “Bob Segers and the Silver Bullet Band” who currently resides in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Often taking years to complete, Mark’s songs are written recordings of times, moments, people, and situations that have essentially moulded his life, memories, thoughts, dreams and views on the world around him. His music is soft, mellow, and often with a build that sneaks up on you. He intertwines music and lyrics to evoke feelings as well as tell stories. A far cry from the rock music that came streaming out of his car window as a teenager, his songs are not exactly like anything that preceded them. They are a juxtaposition of musical genres and styles that has always been unique to him and him alone. This is simply Mark Casey from Mullagh village, West Clare, Ireland.