Derryman Conor Mason was one of the numerous shining lights from this years HWCH festival in Dublin, of course this was of no surprise to anyone heard his 2009 debut When It’s Over prior to the show.
His performance got across the sheer warmth his sweet soft music possesses, due in no small way to the touching melodic harmonies, distinctive vocal delivery and lyrical strength. There is something inherently familiar here while remaining fresh and extrinsic too – think of a blend of sensibilities from The Basement/Matthew Jay.
His musical journey has so far involved now defunct band Gentle Ben before deciding to go it alone, a three year stint in Glasgow where he won both the ‘XFM Unsigned’ competition and the monthly ’Your Sound’ showdown at King Tuts venue. This lead to a slot at the Hydro Connect Music Festival, playing alongside artists like Elbow, Sigur Ros, the Coral and Gomez.
Conor is currently putting the finishing touches to his new album which is penned for release before the end of the year.