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Ryan McKasson & Eric MacDonald

CD RELEASE CONCERT
Saturday, February 17

Off Center Stage at The Center for the Arts
Grass Valley , CA

315 Richardson St, Grass Valley, CA
8:00PM, $20
Tickets online or at the BriarPatch Food Coop - 530-272-5333
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“This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other." - Hearth Music says,

“Ryan and Eric create music together that is at once energetic, sublime, pensive, thought provoking and jubilant.” - 67music.net


Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition who explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create an intensity that traverses darkness and light.


Ryan McKassonRyan McKasson is a regular performer in Nevada County as in instructor at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp and Ceilidh in the Park concert. In 1996 McKasson became the youngest ever to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and in 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California. Ryan's professional career took a step forward when in 2004 he spearheaded the formation and development of "The McKassons.” This group released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie (2006). 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).

Eric MacDonaldNearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen, Eric McDonald is now established as one of the USA's premier accompanists. He 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. Touring credits include The Outside Track, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. He playing also appears on McNally’s debut album, “Flourish”. In addition to McKasson & McDonald, he can currently be seen touring with the lively Irish music trio Daymark, and Scottish music powerhouse Cantrip.

McKasson & McDonaldDespite both living an active musical life thousands of miles apart these two musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path. This is well represented in their debut release Harbour, which has critics raving.

Folk Radio UK writes: “The narrative power of McDonald’s vocals joins the darker riffs of McKasson’s fiddle for an album with pluck, depth, and good reels aplenty.” and folkwords.com says: “There’s a certain spontaneity at work as the two musicians alternately contest and duel, combine and coalesce to bring their talents together.” Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other." And 67music.net writes: “Ryan and Eric create music together that is at once energetic, sublime, pensive, thought provoking and jubilant.”

www.mckassonandmcdonald.com


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