After trying a number of different instruments I was finally inspired by my Dad to pick up his guitar at 14. I've been playing for over three decades and teaching on and off for many of them. I Left college at 20 after A Level Music and the Commercial Music Diploma at Wakefield. I then became resident guitar tutor at 'Live On Stage' musical instruments. I have proprietor Mr Ken Sturt to thank for solidifying my interest in the guitar. Through my work with Ken I had the opportunity to play with many great guitar players.

I've been in bands since before I could play but developed my chops in Bradford based 'tech-rock' band Sir Jester along with fellow chopsters Gary Lawson and Adam Taylor. During this time we spent many hours blatantly plagiarising the music of Paul Gilbert, Ritchie Kotzen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stevie Salas, Van Halen and a whole host of ridiculous technicians.

I've had the priviledge of studying with a number of excellent players including Rob Myers and Barrie Gledden. Barrie was heralded by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records as one of England's best guitarists.
I went on to become Barrie's guitar tech during his time with stunning rock band Old Man stone.
Via Barrie I have been involved in writing for Audio Network Plc, the award winning production music library & Hollywood sound effects archive for the media professional.

During my time in the industry I've performed at guitar clinics with Robbie Gladwell, Hugh Burns, Neal Schon and demo'd for Eko and Minarik guitars in Europe and America.

For the last few years I've been playing across the UK, Europe and the Middle East with a number of leading tribute bands - The Fillers / Fu Fighters / Four Fighters / Oasish

My musical influences range from Neil Finn to Yngwie Malmsteen.

Contact Mark Pitchforth

Sir Jester - early 90's
Four Fighters - Foo Fighters Tribute
Fu Fighters - Foo Fighters Tribute
Oasish - Award Winning Oasis Tribute