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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Mark sing in your very own home? There is a growing trend towards intimate music venues and a house gig is about as intimate of a performance as it gets. Here's what you need to know.

Walking into see singer-songwriter Mark Dignam on Sunday night at The Scratcher Sessions, the author literally bumped into Glen Hansard who was there to cheer on his longtime musical co-hort. Being that it was the day before St. Patrick's Day surrounded by Irish musicians, you can only imagine what the crowd were in for.

Mark shares his take on the music business with the Creative Juice - from his experiences being a musician for the past 30-odd years; the ups and downs, how he manages to make a living and stay creative in an extremely competitive and often grueling industry, and the surprising start to his musical career.

I’ve been on five tour buses in my life, the big kind that look like modern kitchens with marble-top counters mixed with the triple stacked sleeping quarters of a submarine, all squished into one rolling corridor.

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away - Okay, in Dublin about 1986 - I used to listen to a lot of what I now consider to be very bad music. Posters of Hard Rock and Metal bands adorned my bedroom walls and the stereo was frequently cranked.

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