Tuesday, 12 August 2014

News from the Koppi plus Durban Show with Willy Mason

So we just got back from Oppikoppi where we had a great performance accompanied by Dan Roberts on mandolin and Rob O'Brien on Bass. While we were up in the Highveld, we also managed to catch Willy Mason's set. He is definitely one of our favourite American singer/songwriters, and he blew everyone away with how natural a performer he is. Just a great voice and a pack of great songs performed flawlessly. If you don't know his stuff we'd really suggest checking him out.
So we are very excited to announce that we'll be performing alongside the great Willy Mason on Saturday 23rd August at Live The Venue, 166 Stamford Hill Rd. This will be Mason's first ever appearance in Durban, and the show is set to be one of Durban's greatest ever concerts! If you're in the area, you really shouldn't miss this one... Doors open at 8pm and the entrance is only R100! There will also be a secret soiree with Willy & The Hinds Bros the following night - so reply to this email for more info on that if you wish.

On that same date, Saturday 23rd August, we'll also be doing an afternoon performance in Johannesburg at Monaghan Farm, Lanseria. Vusi Mahlasela was the featured act last month at this beautiful venue, so if you're in the Joburg area why not get out of the city and listen to some sweet music. Bookings are essential and you can call 0784114886 or email events@monaghanfarm.co.za

Keep in touch and much love from the brothers!
Aden & Wren

Willy Mason’s critically acclaimed new album Carry On is out now on Communion Records. American Songwriter said,”Mason’s voice is gorgeous, his lyrics evocative and his arrangements adventurous – it’s a complete package that is as airtight as it is simple, as gorgeous as it rugged, the sort of record that burrows deep into your brain and doesn’t let go.”  Willy Mason is currently on the road in support of Carry On. The tour has so far included performances with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Laura Marling.
Yes, you read that right: Willy Mason’s Carry On is a perfect record. Perfect – we wouldn’t change a note!” - American Songwriter

Equal parts hobo and Holden Caulfield…Willy Mason blends precocious lyricism, spare, jangly guitar, and a world-weary voice that sounds older than his years.” - Rolling Stone 

Mason’s lo-fi blues/folk blend is refreshingly humble and unostentatious.  Instead of using these standards as a springboard for modern adventures in composition, he sticks to their rawboned essence. Unlike some of his peers, Mason doesn’t play up that rawness; instead he allows those old Progressions to work their magic…” -Pitchfork

Willy Mason has stolen our attention with his unique sound and its wholehearted purity. His smoky voice sings with a booming sincerity like nothing we’ve heard since Nebraska-era Springsteen.” Baeble Music