Mountain Made Music’s Jay Brown Welcomes Alan Mearns
Monday, November 20 - 7 p.m.- Jay Brown and Alan Mearns. Singer-songwriter. $10
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay Brown launched his “Mountain Made Music” series at the White Horse Black Mountain as a showcase for the diversity of regional songwriting. His musical guest for the next installment is Northern Ireland-born and Hickory-based Alan Mearns, also known by his songwriter sobriquet Yes the Raven. The two will perform at the White Horse on Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Alan Myrnes was born and raised in a Belfast embroiled in “The Troubles”, and his songs have a spiritual connection to the great beauty and tragedy of his native land without overtly referencing its traditional music. As an inheritor of Celtic mysticism and a standard bearer of the best of current songwriting, his lyrics are profoundly poetic, sometimes direct and sometimes oblique, and his virtuosic, classically influenced guitar arrangements serve as equal partners to his voice in his singular musical vision. Mearns has been a frequent visitor to the White Horse stage, both as a solo artist and as half of the popular duo The Belfast Boys.
Series host Jay Brown can be found playing solo and with a number of groups in the Asheville area, including The Lazybirds, the Indian-influenced group Shantavaani, Swing Guitars and his newest Southern roots project, The Appalucians. A prolific songwriter in an eclectic mix of genres, he’s spent years touring the U.S. and abroad absorbing musical styles. He’s the founder and sole member of the Jay Brown One-Man Band, singing original songs while accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica and foot percussion. His music has garnered raves from fellow musicians, prompting Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show to observe that “The secret is out, Jay Brown is the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson.”