Martha’s Vineyard singer-songwriter Willy Mason, has released 3 acclaimed albums to date, mixed with some creative hibernation in between.
Following the occasional EP release, a collaboration with Lianne La Havas, and gigs with Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard, Mason has more than reclaimed his stake on the live scene…
Tonight don’t miss this rare opportunity – a solo performance of his own songs both old and new…
Mason was just 19 when his first album ‘Where the Humans Eat’ was released, a record that showed a young man with a tremendous broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom beyond his years. Three years later, in 2007, he returned with ‘If the Ocean Gets Rough’, an album that only underlined his ability to capture the spirit of a time and a place and a generation.
Some extensive touring later, Mason returned home to Martha’s Vineyard Mason kept himself busy: writing songs of course, but also playing in friends’ bands, promoting shows and teaching music classes, as well as a little shell-fishing, and hosting a radio talk show called The Fish & Farm Report. “I got to learn a lot,” he says. “I got to further my musicianship, and I also felt I got to help out a lot with stuff going outside of my own career. I came to see playing shows and entertainment as a fundamental part of society, and I’m just playing my role.”
All the while of course, Mason was accumulating a clutch of new songs that would come make his third album ‘Carry On’. He wrote what he thought to be the final track and headed out on the road touring alone at first, and then with the Felice Brothers. “I just started picking up more and more gigs,” he recalls, “and finally found my way to London, and to Dan Carey.” Dan Carey, a producer renowned for his work with artists as diverse as Kylie Minogue, MIA and Hot Chip.
“Dan was a musical collaborator, and so he had a big influence on the sound,” he explains. “Most of the songs would start with him building up a rhythm, and he would build that rhythm through a series of contraptions — vintage drum machines going through guitar amplifiers spaced all over the room with different delays on them, so it would create sounds coming from all different directions. And then me and my brother would play along, and see where it went from there. It was surprisingly natural — he was able to make the beats sound so human, and so it felt like the tracks were laid and I could kind of let go a bit more.
“I think of this record as the third and final chapter to a particular narrative that started with Where the Humans Eat,” says Willy Mason. “It’s a narrative that’s loosely based on me, on my character through performance, and I think that by completing this album, I’m sort of closing the door on that and opening up a whole new world of possibilities.”
Support from Siobhan Wilson:
An enthralling Glasgow-based chanteuse known for her disarmingly emotive and subtly powerful vocal. Her stand-out songwriting incorporates strands of jazz, melancholic pop and bi-lingual lyricism. Mesmerising live, she tends to operate gleeful and light within a room full of silent captivation.
“She can silence a crowd with little more than a whisper..” – Paul English, Daily Record.
“One of the most remarkable singers in Scotland… a stunning performance…She can silence a crowd with little more than a whisper.” – Daily Record (June 2015)
“utterly mesmerising!” – Edith Bowman
“smooth, controlled and yet passionate voice; personal, touching lyrics; and swoonsome, jazz-inflected melodies in abundance.” – Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
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