Mason Brown | When Humans Walked the Earth

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When Humans Walked the Earth

by Mason Brown

New Celto-Appalachian music, both vocal and instrumental, firmly rooted in traditional styles.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Liza Jane/Frosty Noon
3:24 album only
2. Bright Sunny South
3:37 album only
3. Will You Go to Flanders?
2:37 album only
4. Devil in the Sraw Stack
2:48 album only
5. I Hate the Capitalist System
3:47 album only
6. Bully for All/St. Patrick's Day
2:32 album only
7. Days of '49
4:49 album only
8. Brownie's Lament
3:47 album only
9. When Humans Walked the Earth
4:48 album only
10. The Cuckoo
6:47 album only
11. Dobrudja Danetz
3:02 album only
12. Lord Franklin
3:34 album only
13. Omie Wise
3:59 album only
14. Rocky Road to Dublin/Tralee Gaol/Dunmore Lasses
5:38 album only
15. Ode to Martin Luther King
2:23 album only
16. She
4:58 album only


Album Notes
Mason Brown began singing shortly after birth and playing guitar at the age of five and has since mastered many stringed instruments, including banjo, upright bass, bass viol and pardessus viol.

Mason has steeped himself in traditional music both of Appalachia and of Ireland, and is equally at home with unaccompanied song and instrumental dance music.

"When Humans walked the Earth" is the culmination of thirty years of musical journeying, bringing it all home in a brilliant collection of songs and tunes, masterfully performed yet humbly presented as an offering to the limitless realm of Music.



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Steve Baker

Be happy
I first saw Mason Brown at Zoukfest. He's a very laid-back, very funny guy and it shows on this cd. You can almost hear the grinning through the music. The first time I played it I just smiled all the way through. Oh yeah, great musicianship and song chices as well. Excellent cd!


Nimble, full-voiced, authentic
What a superb CD. I have been listening to it over and over since receiving it; a sure sign it is THAT good! What a beautiful mix of songs and instrumentals. Some of them are so poignant and all are beautifully done. The arrangements, instrumentation, harmonies, and mix are outstanding. Congratulations on a fantastic piece of work!

Dumot Pierre

un must de la folk.
On ne se lasse pas de cet album très bon

Kurt Jung

Articulate and alive
Mason Brown and friends get everything right with this collection -- the arrangements, instrumentation, harmonies, phrasing, transitions, performance. Each piece is articulate and alive. The selection is varied and balanced -- songs and instrumentals, traditional and original, Celtic and Appalachian, spirited and tranquil, solo and ensemble -- and put together in an entirely satisfying way that is true to the folk spirit throughout. As with the music on the 'Am I Born to Die' album by Chipper Thompson and Mason Brown, the pieces here are compelling and vigorous. Each fits together beautifully, like the inspired prelude with oud to 'The Cuckoo', the measured introduction of instruments in 'She' and the delicate harmony in 'Lord Franklin'.

There are few recordings that I have played repeatedly as much as I have this one. Listen to this music an be grateful that Mason Brown walks the earth.