Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán / Musical Director
Mark Alfred, from Carrickmacross Co.Monaghan, began playing drums at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Performing Arts College in Dublin. He is most recognized as being the Musical Director, Drummer and percussionist in the Grammy award winning show Riverdance. He has recorded and performed with some of the biggest Artists and Shows in the World. His ability to cross so many genres coupled with a unique and energetic style has made him Europe’s most sought after, and highly regarded drummers and Percussionists of today. Mark has worked with Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Katie Melua, Josh Groban, The Corrs, Imelda may, Paddy Maloney (The Chieftains), The Divine Comedy, Mary Coughlan, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Donnie Osmond and the late Christy Hennessy. Mark is also known for his recorded drums and percussion with many recording artists. Most recently he recorded drums and percussion on Bill Whelan’s new Riverdance 25th Anniversary Album. He made his debut on London’s West End with the Hit show Come From Away at London’s Phoenix theatre. Mark was honored to have been part of the team of Composers, Musical directors and band to receive an Olivier Award for outstanding Achievement in music. Mark was also Musical Director with International show Heartbeat of Home. Mark proudly endorses: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases, Sensaphonics, and Poter and davies thrones and would like to thank them for their continued support.