IN CONVERSATION: FISH AND MARK WILKINSON
Monday 18 November, 2.30pm
It’s been nearly 6 years since Fish released his critically acclaimed last studio album “13th Star” and there has been a lot of speculation over that period as to what the Scottish singer has been up to and just why it has taken so long to write and record his new album.
In this intimate Q and A session you can hear all about his new release “A Feast Of Consequences” being back out on the road, and his long term collaboration with Mark Wilkinson, who has created the art work for many of Fish’s albums. The deluxe version of “A Feast Of Consequences” contains a 100 page hardback book which together with the slipcase has all been designed by Mark who has been working with Fish since 1982 when they first started putting together the sleeves for Marillion back in the days of vinyl albums.
“Mark and I decided last year that we wanted to put something very special together and he suggested going for the 100 page book. The imagery has developed and changed direction since we first discussed ideas mainly due to the dominance of the High Wood suite within the album. We have still retained the environmental themes we started with but since Mark and his wife Julie visited the Somme battlefield the burning tree took over as the main image and it’s linked well with the original ideas. Julie has done some great watercolours and drawings in the style of soldier’s art on the Western Front which really adds to the atmosphere captured in the songs as well as adding her input throughout the 89 or so illustrations and photos in the book. Mark’s principal artwork is quite simply stunning! I think it’s their finest hour and as always matches the mood of the music and lyrics perfectly. It was important for us both to deliver something very special and this entire project has been close to our hearts for a long time now. We both still believe in the old fashioned relationship between music and artwork where they combine to create something quite magical. This is the closest we have ever got to those heady experiences of the gatefold sleeve experience when we bought albums when we were teenagers!”