Yes the Raven

Yes the Raven Soars

Friday, April 28 - 8 p.m.- Yes the Raven. Indie folk. $10 advance/$12 door

In ancient Ireland the province of Ulster was the heart of the island’s culture. The Ulster Cycle is one of the masterpieces of Celtic mythology, a collection of legends rich in heroism, triumph and tragedy that has inspired writers through the ages. Yes the Raven, the singer-songwriter persona of Belfast man Alyn Mearns, honors that cultural heritage while staking out a thoroughly contemporary sound and outlook. A frequent and popular visitor to the White Horse Black Mountain, he returns on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. for an evening of stunning original songs.

Ulster has been better known in recent history for its intransigent and sometimes violent politics, a legacy it’s only recently started to put behind it. Alan Myrnes was born and raised in a Belfast still beset by “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, Yes the Raven’s lyrics are profoundly poetic, sometimes direct and sometimes oblique, and his virtuosic, classically influenced guitar arrangements serve as equal partners in his singular musical vision.