Growing up on the mean-ish streets of Oxford, Chad spent 17 years developing his eccentric, bittersweet view of the world before fumbling his first acoustic guitar chords on arrival in his adopted home of Norwich. His debut album “The Meandering Mind of Chad Mason” mixes the atmospheres of a Morricone soundtrack with the innocence of early Fairport, while live he strips it back, building a witty rapport with merely guitar, harmonica and his plaintive baritone. After a national tour in 2011, and various London dates in 2012, Chad began 2013 making his U.S. debut during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Radio appearances on Future (UK) and Breakthrough (N.Y.), as well as an video session for BBC Introducing heralded a well received set at Latitude Festival in July and a hugely successful homecoming gig at Norwich Sound and Vision in October.
In Spring of 2014 he tried out new material on the open mic scene in New York City, culminating in devised piece of gig theatre with new songs, performed at London’s Roundhouse in May of that year - a commission from Central School of Speech and Drama's own Accidental Festival. He spent the autumn chronicling the songs and music from the show in new recording sessions, adding additional tunes to extend the project to a full album - entitled "May '14 and More" - released through Waltz Time Records in May 2015. As of 2019, he is currently recording his third record and taking bookings for Summer/Autumn.
photographs: Angela Rowe