Picture a small English boy sitting in front of a record player mesmerized by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel. Memorizing the melodies, breaking down the harmonies, fixating on the poetry.
With the intention of impressing a girl, Mark learned a few chords on an old guitar. It turned out he was a natural. At age 15 he locked himself away in his room, figuring out how to play the music of his heroes. About a year later, he emerged as an author of his his own poetic melodies.
Mark David Stallard, now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has produced a flood of new material. His natural positivity and drive comes through in his hopeful songs and in his energetic, entertaining performances.
Mark is the front man with It's All In The Mind
"A Promise of Better Days", an EP of 6 songs, epitomizes Mark David Stallards's positive outlook on life.
Mark is also a published Author.
Introducing Mark's Books
Paperbacks & e-books
A Fighting Stance
What else could Jeremy Pratt do? It was all he could do to keep his mouth shut. Well, it would be, if he could keep his mouth shut. But mouth-shutting was not a skill Jeremy Pratt ever learned.
He had wanted to stay in England. But he was kidnapped by his both of his parents and taken to Canada to live in a prison in Manitoba. That's how Jeremy tells it. "Kidnapped and emigrated are synonyms, surely. It stands to reason," he says.
Now, he has one or two really good friends in Canada. But there's a gang of bullies after him. It just goes from bad to worse. First being kidnapped, then bullied.
Jeremy has had enough of being pushed around. And now they're after his friends too?
Godfrid Forke and the Secret Society of
Tumblers, Minstrels, and Thespians
Troupes of entertainers are making the rounds. At night, people gather to watch the good Bob Parfin facing off against the evil Sheriff of Warptonshire. Women swoon at his name and men and faery folk alike want to be him. But Under Sheriff Godfrid Forke knows that Bob Parfin is the most brutal of all villains. Because he has met him. He has fought him. He has seen the devastation.
Trolls and elves are working together to on elaborate schemes to separate good people from their money. Is there more to the cozeners' schemes? Minstrels and thespians put on crowd pleasing shows. But is there more to them than just entertainment?
And amidst all this chaos, Lord Dyster is under threat from an assassin's bullet. The future doesn't look bright, because all that stands between Lord Dyster's safety and the whispers of the conspiratorial travelling entertainers and conmen is Godfrid Forke and his handful of misfit soldiers...and a delusional imp called Captain Diddley.
Jeremy doesn't just want fireworks, he needs them. Guy Fawkes Night without fireworks would be like Christmas without a tree with tons and tons of presents under it. It stands to reason.
But, fireworks require money. Jeremy doesn't have much mon-ey. He spends his pocket money right away on sweets and comics. The best way to raise money for Guy Fawkes Night is to do Penny for the Guy. It worked every time for him when he lived in England. But everyone and everything seems to be out to stop him—including the police.
Will Jeremy let down his family and friends? Or will he be able to get fireworks in time to save his first Guy Fawkes Night in Canada?
Don't Fly Away
Animated by Mark David Stallard
Mark at Envision FestivalFeature 3
I've Never Looked Back (Live)
© 2022 Mark David Stallard