Mark Hudson Swing n Croon
Location: Castlemaine , Melbourne
Country: Australia

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Mark brings over 35 years experience as a professional Singer , Actor and Entertainer to every show.

He offers you the option of a solo act "Mark Hudson Swing and Croon". He dresses in the 40's style and offers quality backing tracks and can add other songs/tracks on request to really personalize an event or party.

The other option is his 40's/50's live music duo "Taboo" with Mark on vocals and Jude Russell on Keys. Jude is well known in the goldfields and Melbourne.She has had the same long professional experience as Mark , heading many of her own bands and playing many styles such as Jazz, Swing,Bossa Nova, Contemporary and experimental.

They last performed at the 2018 Castlemaine Jazz festival and were a surprise hit with their show "When Frankie met Ava" .With story and songs they took the audience on the emotional journey of Sinatra's short and dramatic love affair with the screen goddess Ava Gardner. It focussed on Sinatras highs and lows and his ultimate unravelling.

Mark's mp3 demo's  "I've got the world on a string""Come Fly With Me" , "My Funny Valentine", "I get a kick out of you", "Pennies from heaven",  "Embraceable you", "Days of wine and roses" are typical of the many up tempo Swingen  Sinatra  classics and  the slower moody romantic numbers he offers you on his backing tracks.

 Mark mixes these classics with more contemporay numbers like "ME AND MRS JONES", "IM YOUR MAN", "SWAY", "THE PARTYS OVER" "AINT NO SUNSHINE", "A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOL", "DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE"

Although he doesent have a music demo live with Pianist Jude Russell, the above mp3 demos will give you a feel for his vocals and emotional connection to the lyrics.

Put simply, Mark loves to sing and loves to connect with audiences and create that important personal relationship that not only entertains but transports them and leaves them with a deeply memorable experience. 


Note: All these documents will be only accessible upon booking confirmation.

1. Performers Insurance

A P.A will be supplied for most spaces. With Very large spaces a P.A (+ operator) 1 Quality Mic for vocals and stand, 2 fold back (I vocal, 1 Keys) will need to be supplied.

General focussed lighting is ok, except for the 'When Frankie met Ava" show where general plus two spots, 1 Red, 1Blue is required.

The "Solo" performance can work in small spaces, as long as it's foccused so there is good visual contact with the audience.

The Duo's "Taboo" and the "When Frankie met Ava Show" need a space that leaves room between us so that I can move around the stage.

If it's a catered event, two vegetarian meals. A suitable change and breaks space away from audience.

A parking space is a preferance, for unloading and general ease, yet not essential 

Summary Time Price

With Story and Songs, Mark Hudson on vocals and Jude Russell on keys invite you to experience the emotional highs and lows of Frank Sinatra's and Ava Gardner's passionate and ill fated love affair. They perform songs of that time ,40's/50's, most of which sinatra has sung.  Audiences were surprised by some of the more poignant numbers in the show because they hadn't realised Sinatra had recorded them. A few more contemporary numbers are used appropiately to express in particular dramatic moments revealing Sinatra's gradual emotional unravelling. Peter Bodin (Award winning song writer) in his review of the show at the 2018 Castlemaine Jazz Festival said: "This is a wonderfully satisfying and entertaining show on all levels"  Mark bypasses all the media hype of the time and delves deeper into Frank and Ava's everyday vulnerable and challenging relationship dynamics that we all can relate too. For this reason the show works really well in a more intmate space where peformers and audience can connect and be part of the unfolding drama. For example to sustain the atmosphere a seperate focussed space where other sounds don't intrude too much would be suitable.      

80 min Show. Choice of full lenght show or 2 halves of 45min and 35min. Both senarios have worked well Start From $800.00 Send Enquiry

 Jude Russell creates magic on keys and Mark Hudson on Vocals. Together they create dynamic and heartfelt renditions of hits from the american songbook of the 40's and 50's.

Croon, Jazz, Swing, Bossa and some more contempory numbers.

It's a specail experience for an audience to really feel the emotional truth that "Taboo"  bring to the deeper numbers. As for the lighter songs Mark's spontaneous entertaing style delivers them with a joyful playfulness.


Usually max of 3 x 40 min sets Max time over 3 hours. Taboo have a large repertoire Start From $640.00 Send Enquiry

Classic 40's and 50's Swingen Numbers and romantic ballads of the Era.

Sinatra, Nat king Cole, Buble, and some more contempoary numbers. 

Mark's very experienced entertaining style and extensive range of vocals/songs   works for any gig, from Hotels, Cafes, Festivals, Private Partys etc.

He can adapt his repertoire during the event to work with the feel and dynamic needed. If their was a particular song that is significant to the client he will download a version for you.  

2x 45min sets. Max 3 hour call and other computations that work for the client negoitable Start From $350.00 Send Enquiry
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