Last friday night, I’ve been invited by friends to come to a show in a pub in a small town next from where I live to see Landermason. I don't live in a place where there are lots of small venues to enjoy a live performance, so it was great to discover a beautiful old pub and a great band. I’ve never heard about Landermason before, but I haven’t been disappointing by their concert, with 2 hours of original songs and some covers of Joni Mitchell or Van Morrisson.
Landermason are a duo from Bellingham, in the North of England, made up of Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars and vocals). They have recorded and produced 5 CD's to date on their own label LAMA Records and have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as on many other radio shows across the network.
Landermason - "Angel of The North"
Their music style is very varied, going from traditional music to folk with sometimes some jazzy influences. By the way, they define their music as folk/jazz fusion. Their music is definitely made for live performance. There is something captivating in their music that catches you from the beginning to the end of the song, probably due to the haunting melodies produced by the association of the sound of the different flutes and the guitar. It has been impressive to see Fiona to play so many instruments in so few time and Paul is an incredible guitar player. Their traditionnal songs have often made me feel that I was traveling in the irish or scottish countryside.
Landermason - "Kielder Water"
The audience was captivating during the whole performance, clapping and singing along with the duo. If by chance, Landermason has a show near to where you live, I encourage you to go to see them.
Landermason - "When The Boat Comes In"