Upcoming concert by McKasson and McDonald on May 11

BENZONIA — Just in time for Mother’s Day, Connemara Concerts is delighted to host a Friday night performance with the music of Scotland featuring the duo, McKasson and McDonald.

This concert is at the Grow Benzie Event Center located at 5885 Frankfort Highway(M-115) in Benzonia, held at 8 p.m. on May 11.

The Scottish duo of McKasson and McDonald will make for a special evening of music to kick off Mother’s Day weekend. Their music will delight an audience with its creativity, and at times, awaken forgotten memories and lift up one’s spirit.

Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition, who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together.

The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes.

Devon Leger of Hearth Music said, “This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other.”

Ryan McKasson has gained a strong reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator and teacher. In 1994, he began attending Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School (VOM), which led him deep into the world of traditional music. Over the years, Ryan has recorded with a number of influential artists, namely his playing appears on fellow Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel’s three albums Silver (2006), For Reasons Unseen (2009), and Dot the Dragon’s Eyes (2013), as well as Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s recording Highlander’s Farewell (2011).

In addition to McKasson & McDonald, other current projects include MAC, Ensemble Galilei and The Syncopaths.

Eric McDonald found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in his hometown of Boston. Nearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen, he is now established as one of the USA’s premier accompanists in many styles.

Eric cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include: The Outside Track, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. In addition to McKasson & McDonald, he can currently be seen touring with the lively trio Daymark, Scottish powerhouse Cantrip and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey.

Tickets are at a cost and are available at Grow Benzie, East Shore Market in Beulah, Frankfort Bookstore and Corner Drug in Frankfort.

For more info call (231) 941-8667, or go to www.growbenzie.org/.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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