​When not recording musical sessions, Mark Holdsworth is a keen photographer, and hopes that you enjoy looking through his photographs.

The Narrowboat Sessions 2014. Double Cd.

Now ready for sale. Click on the album to Buy. 


​     2015 SESSIONS

During the summer of 2015 The Narrowboat Cariad IV toured the Canals of The Black Country, Brumagen (Birmingham) and down to Stratford upon Avon. Then back up to North Wales again recording music from all comers all the way down and all the way back. 

During the summer of 2016 The Narrowboat Cariad IV toured the North of England again this time heading up the Rufford Canal and then on to Liverpool. An overwhelming response when we asked for musicians to volunteer led to nearly one hundred amazing session video's and recordings! 

Cariad IV

Our beautiful Narrowboat Cariad IV was built by a branch of Harland and Wolff in 1986. At the time she was a national show winner with a build quality that reflects her heritage.

During the summer of 2014 the Narrowboat Cariad IV toured the North Eastern Canals of Britain inviting aboard some of the best musical talent that Britain has to offer, from the great and famous to youngsters just starting out. 

Click on the button below to select the 2014 videos.

Sue Holdsworth

Poor, long suffering wife of Mark. Mistress of the Windlass and lock gates. (Aka 'The Boss') we'd have ground to a halt without her tireless support

Steve Rickard

Steve is one of our regular

crewmembers and probably

one of the greatest unsung

​guitar heroes in Britain today.


Mark Holdsworth

Skipper of Cariad IV and Creator of The Narrowboat Sessions. Mark is a retired Ex-Forces Engineer who has been involved with Music on and off since he left school.

​​​A non-profit making project helping to raise money for Cancer Research.

The Narrowboat Sessions raises money each year by producing a double album of the recordings that are made from the sessions, the profits from which go directly to Cancer Research.  

Special thanks go to all the musicians who have donated their time to make it all possible.

Cariad IV
The Narrowboat Sessions 2014 Album

During the summer of 2017 The Narrowboat Cariad IV will be heading south to London on the Oxford Canal on the way down and returning up via the Grand Union and Birmingham.

Kira Jamieson

(Aka Kira Jamsandwich) Artistic advisor, website techy, tea brewer and stunningly gorgeous crew member of Cariad IV. 

2014 Sessions

2016 Sessions

​Elizabeth Anne Jones

Aka 'Elfin Bow' the beautiful

Betty has been the brains

behind the Album production.

Without her the album would

still be trapped in our portastudio.

The Regular Crew:

Alan Rutherford

All round good egg and general snappy dresser. Alan is better known for being the creator of 'The mAdHOuSe' venue in Burton upon Trent.