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Written by George Shaw   
03 12 2012
ImageWilly Mason is set to return to the North East next year with a gig at Gateshead's Old Town Hall. The 28 year old last wowed audiences up here with a small show at Byker's Cluny but next year sees Mason return, this time in support of his much anticipated third studio album ‘Carry On', released today.

The tour, which kicks off at Portsmouth's Wedgewood Rooms on the 3rd March, will arrive in the region on 9th March, before culminating in a show at Belfast Limelight on the 15th. Carry On will be Willy's first release on Fiction Records, home to Elbow, The Maccabees and White Lies amongst many others.

Coming in the wake of his critically acclaimed and gold certified debut ‘Where The Humans Eat' which included the now classic track Oxygen, and the progressive sound of his 2007 sophomore release If The Ocean Gets Rough, Carry On has been five years in the making.

Decamping to his childhood home in Martha's Vineyard once the dust had settled on a busy period of touring the world and releasing two critically acclaimed records, Willy used his time at home as a means of re-rooting to his childhood community. With that came the creative freedom and inspiration to write the songs that now form ‘Carry On'.

Willy explains ‘‘I felt like I wanted, needed to get stuck in somewhere, to keep up with what was going on with the people my age.''

Having been introduced to producer Dan Carey by a mutual friend, Willy headed to the altogether different climes of Streatham, South London to record what would become Carry On. Dan's background was varied and brilliant, working with the likes of MIA, Hot Chip and Kylie Minogue, artists not immediately akin to the sound of Willy Mason. However Dan's use of rhythm and bass along with the prospect of using drumboxes was something that intrigued Willy; he admits "It didn't make sense to me, it scared me, but I was open to trying it."

The resulting work is Mason's most ambitious and fully realized work to date. Elements of dub and reggae infuse themselves seamlessly with guitar, low strings, and Mason's inimitable gravel deep vocal to deliver songs awash with the sentiments of hope, disillusionment, love and lost connections.

"I think of this record as the third and final chapter to a particular narrative that started with Where the Humans Eat," says Willy. "It's a narrative that's loosely based on me, on my character through performance, and I think that by completing this album, I'm sort of closing the door on that and opening up a whole new world of possibilities."

Tickets for Willy Mason's tour are on sale now. Those dates in full look like this:

3 Mar        Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
4 Mar        Exeter Phoenix
5 Mar        Cardiff Glee Club
8 Mar        Leeds The Wardrobe
9 Mar        Gateshead Old Town Hall
10 Mar        Glasgow Oran Mor
12 Mar        Liverpool The Kazimier
13 Mar        Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14 Mar        Dublin Whelans
15 Mar        Belfast Limelight

For more information and links to buy tickets, check out Willy Mason's website here.
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