Derry, County Derry
Born and raised in the old walled city on the banks of the River Foyle, Conor Mason has been brought up swimming in musical heritage with both his parents heavily involved in his beloved hometown of Derry.
Standstill, which was released in March, is in fact the third album from the Irish songwriter, with two previous offerings, Let It Unfold (2007) and When It’s Over (2009) suitably home-recorded and self-distributed freely through cyberspace, earning Mason a solid reputation in his native land with a host of television and radio support from BBC Northern Ireland. Standstill retains the mellow, home-grown, quality perfected on those records albeit with some new found scope, inherently familiar whilst always remaining fresh and extrinsic.
“There is nothing more powerful than honesty in music; and this Conor Mason seems to know very well. ‘Standstill’ is a great story told in the right way, and it doesn’t get much better than that.”