By NICK LONGO
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon ofLadysmith, BC, received three Vancouver Island Music Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (All Good Stories) and Artist of the Year from his album “All Good Stories” and is going on tour one more time in 2012 supporting “Wil” on his Winter West Tour.
“For an artist of Wil’s calibre and notoriety to invite an indie on the road means the world to me, and it’s an extremely rare thing these days. I can’t wait for this run of shows with Wil!” beginning On November 22nd -23rd at The Corner Lounge inNanaimo. www.ibreakstrings.com/tour-dates.
I spoke with Ryan McMahon at his home. He is a terrific local independent singer /songwriter who is making a living while still being able to be a great Dad. (Tough thing to be and do in the music industry)
Ryan admits that he may never be “rich and famous” by doing what he does, yet, during my video interview with him I could sense a richness that his life passion holds for him and his family that could never be measured by wealth or fame.
Ryan takes no prisoners when it comes to speaking his mind whether in his music or in his approach to his musical life and his family. He left the “BigCity” behind for the better textured life in Ladysmith (where he grew up and went to high school). Going for a paddleboard or hike around the area by himself or with his family is enough to stimulate his creative processes these days.
Ryan and his wife Catherine (who is also his manager) have opened their house to other Journeyman performers that come through the area by hosting House Concerts in their home. The next one will be on Friday November 16th featuring Craig Cardiff at the Short Close Song Shelter. $20.00 Advance. All proceeds go to the Artist.
Ryan’s discography : Weeks, Months, Years; Put the Past in a Flask and Drink It and All Good Stories See online at http://ryanmcmahon.com/merchandise/
Catch my indepth video interview with Ryan and watch him perform one of his new tunes. http://youtu.be/pI29r6sFr1Y