New Musical at the Playhouse Has Unique Family Pedigree

Island singer-songwriter Michael Mason spent more than half a century writing his musical play Billy Baloo, which opened this weekend at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse.

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Music and Meaning Lead Willy Mason Wherever the Road Takes Him

Singer/songwriter Willy Mason spent New Year’s Eve 2019 at Signal Corps Recording in Brooklyn. At 11:30 p.m., he, producer Noel Heroux, and sound engineer Rachel Alina completed mixing the songs that would become Mason’s new album, Already Dead. It was a good way to end one decade and usher in a new one.

Then the global pandemic hit.

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It's All in the Family at Music in the Courtyard

Jemima James and her son Willy Mason shared the bill as the Martha’s Vineyard Museum kicked off its 2021 Music in the Courtyard series.

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Singing Songs to Wake the Heart and Mind
Louisa Hufstader

Close to 100 Islanders of all ages, including entire families with children in pajamas, turned out for Willy Mason’s concert at the West Tisbury Public Library.

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A Warm Welcome for Willy Mason from the Hometown Crowd

Musical hero Willy Mason played to his roots on Martha’s Vineyard Saturday evening, headlining a free concert.

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Giving Voice to a Restless Soul, Island Singer Makes Peace With His True Self
Holly Gleason

Willy Mason is sitting on a barstool in a London pub, smoking a cigarette and considering the last decade. He takes a pull on his beer and thinks about what all the buzz — tours with Radiohead, collaborations with the Chemical Brothers and duets with KT Tunstall and Rosanne Cash — has really meant to the young bard now closing in on 30.

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On Tour: Willy Mason Is Home Grown Music Marvel
Max Hart

Up until two years ago, Willy Mason had never played a gig off-Island.

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Songs from the Heart of the Vineyard
Nina Tarnawsky

Few people embody the statement “still waters run deep” more than Island singer-songwriter Willy Mason, equal parts thoughtful and lighthearted as he considers his musical roots and his career.

He is half done with his next album, which should be released around January. In August and September, he will be playing festivals in the United Kingdom.

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Local Boy, Global Talent

On Saturday, March 5 KCT Concerts opens up its 2011 season with Willy Mason performing at the Katharine Cornell Theater.

KCT Concerts has a history of bringing to the Island incredible musical acts including last year’s headliners Paddy Keenan, Oisin MacDiarmada and Richie Stearns, to name just a few.

Of course, Willy Mason doesn’t have to be brought to the Island. He lives here. And yet the man is global. Later this spring he will be back touring Europe as he did last summer with Norah Jones.

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