Mark McClelland


Mark Peter McClelland[1] (born 30 March 1976)[2] is a Northern Irish musician known best as the former bass guitarist of the band Snow Patrol. McClelland is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for his work on the album Final Straw. He is now the bassist for alternative act Little Doses.

Mark McClelland
Mark McClelland in Arizona, 2004, during the Final Straw Tour
Mark McClelland in Arizona, 2004, during the Final Straw Tour
Background information
Birth nameMark Peter McClelland
Born (1976-03-30) 30 March 1976 (age 46)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, power pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1994–present
LabelsElectric Honey, Jeepster, Polydor


Mark McClelland was born on 30 March 1976, and attended Sullivan Upper School as a youngster.[3] In 1994, he started attending the University of Dundee to study Financial economics.[3] During his first year, he founded the band Shrug with Michael Morrison and Gary Lightbody. Morrison left the band in 1995 and with new drummer Jonny Quinn, they became Polar Bear and eventually Snow Patrol. On 9 July 1998, McClelland graduated with first class honours and was one of the only three students to graduate in the course that year.[3] Additionally, he was the only student to graduate in first class for that course that year.[4] A few weeks later, Snow Patrol released their first studio album Songs for Polarbears (a reference to previous band name Polarbear)[3] under Jeepster. In 2001, the band released their second studio album When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up. During this time, McClelland was also a member of The Reindeer Section, a Scottish ensemble started by bandmate Lightbody. He also featured on Iain Archer's album Flood The Tanks and Cut La Roc's eponymous debut album, playing the song "Post Punk Progression" with Snow Patrol.

McClelland departed from the band in 2005 after the success of their 2003 album Final Straw, allegedly over creative differences. Speaking to Scotland's The Daily Record at the time, McClelland claimed he was sacked as Lightbody "wanted more control and less interference", adding that Snow Patrol would effectively be a solo project now.[5] The NME later reported that the dispute centred on songwriting credits for Final Straw, with McClelland feeling his contribution had not been given sufficient acknowledgement.[6][7]

McClelland has gone on to create Little Doses, along with girlfriend (now wife),[8] singer Kirsten Ross and drummer Michael Branagh of Degrassi.[9] The band is unsigned.


On 10 September 2007, the BBC news site reported that McClelland has issued a writ at the High Court in London seeking 25% of the band's earnings since he left the band in March 2005.[10]



  1. ^ "Run - Writers". ASCAP. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Ice cool band warms hearts". BBC. 29 March 2004. Archived from the original on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Double first for star student". University of Dundee. Archived from the original on 26 February 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  4. ^ "University of Dundee Thursday Morning Ceremony - Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences". University of Dundee. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 13 February 2008.
  6. ^ "BBC News". BBC News. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  7. ^ "''Nme''". 6 March 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  8. ^ Johnston, Andrew (7 March 2012). "Former Snow Patrol Bassist on New Band, Little Doses". Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  9. ^ "''Daily Record". 6 March 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Ex-Snow Patrol member sues band". BBC News. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Daily Record interview with McClelland 6/3/07
  • Michael Morrison's 'Shrug' tribute page