Marcus started to travel to India in the mid ‘70s and has since spent the following decades continuing to cultivate an ongoing relationship with Tabla and Indian Classical Music. As Corbett puts it – “I traveled first to India as a wide eyed 18 year old and I heard a Tabla solo by the river Ganga. All I can say is my world changed; but it was the vocal that really hooked me – the voice in the music found an echo in me.”
On the subject of his musical influences, aside from his times in India, Marcus states, “I've been affected by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Roy Harper – anybody that makes the guitar sing or speak. John McLaughlin with the 'Mahavishnu Orchestra' and early 'Shakti' was a revelation as has been Jerry Garcia's soulful musicality.”
Over the last decade Corbett has been on yearly travels to Pune and Gadag in western India to work with renowned Tabla players Nitin Gaikwad and Sharanappa Gutteragi. The most recent in a series of recordings to come out of these sessions is Strung Deep.
Mostly recorded with engineer Abhijit Saraf of Musical Stars Studios in Pune, Strung Deep perfectly encapsulates the beauty, grace and dexterity of Corbett’s extraordinary talent and unique vision to fuse UK and European folk musics with India classical tradition. Aided and abetted by the majestic Bansuri (Indian flute) playing of Milind Date and exquisite violin talents of Sanjay Upadhye, Strung Deep is a joyous meeting of musical worlds.
“...perfect Sunday morning music... I really enjoyed listening through it – it is a very well paced and interesting listen.” – Nigel House (founder of Rough Trade)
Comprised of 4 tracks spread across 32 minutes Strung Deep is, as Marcus describes, lyrically themed on finding hope and resolution in the face of bereavement and tragedy – “Strung Deep traces a journey from the depths of insecurity and bleakest of outlooks experienced in a dream to waking up in the morning and joyfully re-engaging with the light of day. It is a celebration of the rich texture of life.”
“Highly original acoustic guitar based hybrid folk with atmospheric vocals” – Sound On Sound Magazine
With Strung Deep being Marcus Corbett's first formal commercial release it seems that it is finally time for one of folk’s best kept secrets to get the recognition he has for so long deserved.