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SheilaMark Productions: Bio of Mark & Sheila

Sheila Stratton

Sheila Stratton

Sheila is a vocalist/soloist and arranger. Sheila has played with a number of Celtic bands in the Western New York area including Iad Fein and The Lochside Celtic Band. She has formed a new band with her partner. He is a great performer and we are called SheilaMark. His name is Mark Hamza, he plays the Hammond B-3 and and the accordion like no one else that I have ever heard. We hope that great things will come from this union. We are adding a new EP to our music, called a presence of the blues. 4 great songs from the Blues songbook with Mark playing the Hammond organ, Andrei Koribonics on drums, Dave Pasch on guitar and Sheila as the blues singer. We hope to have it out in the next month. Please stay tuned for the release. As a performer, Sheila has shared the bill with touring artists such as Brendan Nolan, Beth Patterson, Andy M. Stewart, Gerry O'Bierne and others. Sheila has performed at Buffalo's premiere Irish music venue, The Shannon Pub, and has appeared regularly in Rochester, Batavia, and other towns in Western New York. She has performed at Gene McCarthy's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Buffalo's Old First Ward and at Ulrich's Tavern in Buffalo, NY on a regular basis. During festival season there were performances at the Dayton Celtic Festival and the Amherst Scottish Festival. She also appears at the Fort Erie Celtic Festival, Fergus Scottish Festival, Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games, and the Rochester Irish Festival. Sheila has published a CD called "Celtic Song and Story". It was released on December 01, 2005. Sheila has now publish another CD of her own called "Celtic Lady of the Lake". Some of the selections from the new CD are featured in the music section of this webpage. A review of Celtic Song and Story from the folk music magazine from Germany from www.folkmagazin.de. CD: Celtic Song & Story: Iad Fein is a trio from the USA (New York), that performs traditional Celtic Music. The band consists of Sheila Stratton-Peel, Thomas Callahan, and Tim Daly. A lot of well known Irish and Scottish songs can be found on their new album “Celtic Song & Story” that was released last year. Nice versions of Star of the County Down, Siuil La Ruin, Are You Sleeping Maggie?, John Riley, The Ould Triangle and other songs with delightful male and female singing. The album contains 16 tunes and can be purchased at cdbaby.com. My new CD, Celtic Lady of the Lake was published March 2007. Tom Keefer, Lakeside Sound, is producing this CD from his new studio. My fellow band mates, Norm Bock, Tom Keefer, and Norm's daughter Natalie have been recording with me. One of the songs that will be featured is: Caledonia, this song was composed by Dougie McLain from Scotland. Other songs include The Fisherman Song by Andy M. Stewart and the last song of any performance, The Parting Glass. The CD cover was painted by Mary McAndrew and the painting is called, "Celtic Lady Of The Lake." Please see her webiste at ww.marymcandrew.com. Hope to hear from you soon, drop me a line in the guestbook. Sheila Contact information for booking for Please contact Sheila Stratton heritageseeker@hotmail.com celticmoon2007@hotmail.com sheila@sheilamarkproductions.com sheilamarkproductions@live.com

Mark Hamza

Mark Hamza

Mark Hamza has been playing accordion since he was 8 years old. His father, who played by ear, inspired him to play. As he grew up, he learned European music, then American music. His last teacher gave him a solid foundation in the American songbook. He played in restaurants and weddings on his way through college, and graduated with a BSChE from Newark College of Engineering. At that time, he also started playing Hammond organ, learning to play bass lines with his feet. A full time musician since 1971, he landed an organ gig in the Poconos in a Pennsylvania resort band in 1972 and moved there. The Poconos are a musician-friendly area with a wonderful support network. He occasionally went on the road with different bands. In the 70’s, it was with “The Happenings” where he learned analog multi-keyboards. In the 90’s it was with the “Clarence Spady Band” where he honed his blues chops on Hammond organ. His Hammond is a highly modified A-100 that has a separate channel for the bass pedals, among other things. He supervised the customization at Organ Service Co. of New Jersey with design input from Trek II Products. The bass pedals have their own amp and speaker. His accordion is a hand made Sano that also is stereo. He concentrated on using the accordion in non-traditional ways. He has played with singer-songwriters through the 80’s, 90’s, and the 2000s. He played accordion and organ on Eric Anderson’s “Ghosts Upon The Road” album, and played on a number of Richard Shindell and Richard Meyer albums. He also played in a Zydeco band in the 90’s. He is currently playing with Howard Parker and the Hot Take Out Band. He also uses the accordion to “sit-in” with various musicians and bands like Phil Woods, Johnny Coates, Al Cohn, Spencer Reed, and many others. One of his current bands, The Great Swamp Blues Band, consists of Hammond organ, Saxophone, Trombone, and Drums. The band plays a combination of cover songs and originals that reside on the “Jazzy side of the Blues.” In 2007, Mark released his “Great Swamp Blues Band” album. Mark also is adding an EP of his wonderful band this October 2009. The EP consists of 4 great tunes. Sheila and Mark have formed a new band called SheilaMark Band. We hope that great things will come from this union. We are adding a new EP to our music, called a presence of the blues. 4 great songs from the Blues songbook with Mark playing the Hammond organ, Andrei Koribonics on drums, Dave Pasch on guitar and Sheila Stratton on vocals. It is now released and is called "A Presence of the Blues."

SheilaMark Band

SheilaMark Band

The SheilaMark Band are a quartet of performers including: Mark Hamza on Hammond organ, Sheila Stratton, vocals and Rick Statsman, drums. They play great blues, classic rock, 60’s and 70’s music and popular music of today.  We have performed on the Community Concert series at Shawnee Inn and resort, Shawnee on Delaware, PA many times.  We also were the featured artist on the Home Grown Concert Series on WVIA Radio and we performed at the Celebration for the Arts (COTA) in Delaware Water Gap in 2012.  Our band is ever expanding the set lists with new to us Blues, Rock and popular songs.   

SheilaMark Duo

SheilaMark, the duo is now performing at local Senior Assisted living facilities and we find that the audiences there are just wonderful. The duo is additionally playing a pubs and restaurants on a regular basis. The duo consists of Mark on the accordion and Sheila as the vocalist. We play songs from the 1920’s to present day with an emphasis on the music of their and our lives. These also include Polkas, Waltzes and Tangos.

Great Swamp Dixieland Band

Great Swamp Dixieland Band

Apple Strudel Gang

Apple Strudel Gang

An authentic German Polka band with Mark Hamza as the leader.  We play original German Polkas, Waltzes, Tangos and Marches that get your audience up and dancing.  The band has performed at many oktoberfests in NJ, NY and in PA including the ArtsQuest Oktoberfest 2012 at the Steelstacks in Bethlehem.  Instrumentation includes accordion, vocals/bumbass, clarinet, trumpet, drums and trombone.  

CelticMoon Duo and Band

CelticMoon Duo and Band

CelticMoon is an Irish/Celtic band that has performed at many highland games, Celtic festivals, pubs, weddings and family gatherings.  We are Sheila Stratton, vocals/bodhran, Mark Hamza, accordion and for the four piece band we have a drummer and guitarist.  

Sheila has been a Celtic/Irish singer for over 20 years with a great deal of her experience in the international Irish music scene in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls NY area, Ontario Canada and in Dublin, Ireland.