Mountain Made Music
Jay Brown Presents
The Best of Our Songwriter/Performers
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show affirms that Jay Brown is “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”.
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. He performs with Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano. The busy musician can be found gigging in clubs and pubs around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but has performed and studied in locales around the world, including New Orleans, California, India, Ghana, and Peru.
Irish songwriter ‘Yes the Raven’ (AKA Alyn Mearns) is a guitar virtuoso embodied with charismatic vocals, hauntingly poetic lyrics that create a moving and spell-binding experience that is hard to forget. Join us as he performs selections from his own enigmatic repertoire and various re-imagined covers.
John Tosco of Tosco Music Party cited Yes the Raven’s
“performances draw you in to
a place where music
"One of the most brilliant, moving and musical records I have ever been involved with....a supremely gifted guitarist and singer..."
-----Rick Beato, Producer (Trey Anastasio, Needtobreathe, Shinedown, Charlie Mars)
"Rich, flowing, dreamy and ethereal.....a superbly original soundscape"
-BJ Leiderman, Public Radio Theme Composer
Alyn Mearns was born and raised in the troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the second son of an itinerant preacher. Alyn is now residing in Hickory, North Carolina after attending ASU as a Fletcher Scholarship winner. Back in Northern Ireland, his teenage years were spent inside a guitar, absorbing every musical style within earshot. Eventually, his skill would land him in America on a music scholarship. After a couple of band incarnations, down playing his playing for a more minimal, post-punk aesthetic, he found himself alone again with his guitar. He explains, "I found myself falling in love with the guitar again, not in the traditional 'lead guitarist' sense, but in a way that could accompany my songs and provide a satisfying emotional landscape. My guitar became a kind of miniature band, a miniature cathedral." This music is not merely a sum of its parts though. Alyn's body seems to have grown a guitar and his guitar seems to be inhabited by a voice, a haunted ship on the sea of song. The lyrics are truly lyre-ic, forming out of the melody, which in turn is birthed from plucked harmony. Audiences are left spell-bound by something that seems to have absorbed modern pop and folk music, but is, at its heart much more ancient, something Orphean, Homeric, Davidian. Alyn also returns to his Irish roots along side fellow Belfastman and poet Adrian Rice to form the duo The Belfast Boys. The Belfast Boys have performed several times at White Horse and have become real crowd favorites.