Q&A with Doris Mason

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Shawna Coleman, In View columnist for The News, caught up with Doris Mason at BaKED Café in New Glasgow for a Q&A about her latest album. 


Doris Mason

Q: What question do you get asked the most?

A: It would have to be, “are you related to Dutchie (Mason),” and the answer is no, I am not.


Q: How would you best describe your music genre?

A: Oh, it's a lot of different types: pop, rock n' roll, jazz, blues, boogie woogie... My middle name is "variety.”


Q: What number CD is this for you?

A: I've lost count. I have not only done my own material, but have sung on others as well. I couldn't count them really.


Q: Tell me about the material on your newest CD, “Love Songs and Lullabies”.

A: All of the songs, except for three, have been written and performed by myself. It's mostly a solo project with a mellow sound, intimate, a paired down version with mostly just me and my instrument. It's not a big production.


Q: Where was the album recorded?

A: It was recorded in Tangier [in] Halifax [Regional Municipality] with James Logan of JHL Studio. I did this project over the winter. I would travel to and from Halifax and Tangier … picking up some kindling along the way. It was a cold winter, so this was a great project to have on the go and was a real bright spot for sure. We all need a four-wheel drive in Nova Scotia in winter!


Q: Who accompanies you on the CD?

A: It is mostly just myself, however, James Logan plays nylon string guitar on "I Kiss Your Picture" with Allison Stewart (Violinist) performing on a few pieces as well. Don Chapman mastered the production. Dave Hillier recorded "Rita's Waltz" and "Dear Friend."


Q: Are you touring as a way of promoting the CD?

A: Always. I will be at Louisbourg Playhouse, which has a unique story. It's a building constructed as a replica of a Shakespearean theatre for the movie "Squanto.” After the production ended, the town bought the building as a performing arts center … Also, I will be at the Celtic Circle Friday evening and Stayner's Wharf on Saturday in Halifax.


Q: What song would release as a single from this latest CD?

A: "Out of the Blue.” It is one of my favorites. It's about meeting somebody out of the blue, unexpectedly.


Q: Is your latest project available online?

A: I go into the new age kicking and screaming. A friend of mine recently gave me a card with a retro picture on front with the caption "too old for Facebook, too young for a facelift.” I will get to the iTunes world eventually, but not quite yet. Right now, the CD is available at H&R Music in New Glasgow, as well as a few places in Sydney and Halifax. I also have them during any summer festivals I may be performing in, and any live performances.


Q: Who musically are you listening to right now?

A: I'm obsessed right now with Stephen Fearing's CD "Between Hurricanes.”  I've known his music a long time. He'll also be my special guest this Friday at Celtic Circle. He's a Juno Award winner, guitar player, [and] folk singer, originally from Ontario. He's been here in N.S. for about the past five years.




I think you have to be passionate and self-aware to express yourself musically through your instrument and within the lyrics. It’s nice to know that through a varied and lengthy career that Doris is still obviously passionate about her music in it's organic from. There is no overproduction in her latest work. It's simple. Brilliantly played and pressed.  "Love Songs and Lullabies" will leave you feeling a sense of happy and warmth even though it was recorded in the blizzards of winter 2014. It's my hope that Doris will keep doing what she does for as long as she possibly can.


Doris Mason’s “Lovesongs and Lullabies" will be launched tonight (Friday) at Celtic Circle. Showtime is 8 p.m., tickets $20. Special Guest: Stephen Fearing.


Shawna Coleman is a Westville resident who is never without a camera or a listening ear. She is a regular correspondent with The News and can be reached at shawcole@hotmail.com

Organizations: Shakespearean theatre

Geographic location: Halifax, Tangier, Nova Scotia New Glasgow Sydney Ontario Westville

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