A music duo like no other: Landermason come to Diss

PUBLISHED: 09:24 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 10 July 2018

Landermason who come to Diss Corn Hall this week. Photo: Landermason

Landermason who come to Diss Corn Hall this week. Photo: Landermason


Landermason, who come to Diss Corn Hall this week, are a duo like no other. Multi-instrumentalists Fiona Lander and Paul Mason have developed a unique sound. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles.

Landermason who come to Diss Corn Hall this week. Photo: LandermasonLandermason who come to Diss Corn Hall this week. Photo: Landermason

They have released five studio albums and have enjoyed the rare feat of having airplay on Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4 for some of their previous recordings, including Angel Of The North, The Reason and Tree Of Souls, whilst their instrumental version of Dance To Your Daddy was used to set the scene for an episode of the Antiques Road Show.

The Northumberland based song-writing duo have recorded and produced their sixth studio album, released this week on their own label Lama Records.

The new album, Stand Together, contains eight original songs plus a brand-new jazz arrangement of the North East traditional song The Water of Tyne and their own rendition of the classic standard In The Wee Small Hours.

Music has deep roots for both of them.

Landermason new album Stand Together. Photo: Lama RecordsLandermason new album Stand Together. Photo: Lama Records

Born in Hexham, Fiona Lander learned to play the piano, clarinet and saxophone whilst at school. Her first public solo performance was aged 10 where she played the jazz standard Night Train on clarinet at a school concert.

Jazz has always been a major influence in her life with both her father and music teacher being jazz pianists.

Born in Sunderland, Paul was given his first guitar at the age of 12 and taught himself to play. At the age of 13, Paul has his first lessons and was lucky enough to have fellow Wearsider Dave Stewart — of Eurythmics fame as his first guitar teacher.

A move to London in the early 1980s saw him join a rock band known as The Dumb Blondes. Moderate success followed.

However, following a serious accident with a circular saw which badly damaged his left hand, Paul gave up music for about four years. Having eventually switched nylon string guitar he found he really enjoyed playing classical music and also started composing pieces for classical guitar.

Following a chance meeting with Russian classical guitarist Alex Vlassenkov, Paul was able to work on his playing technique with Alex’s help.

• Landermason play Diss Corn Hall on July 12, 7.30pm, £9.50, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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