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...An eclectic Celtic, British Isles, and North American acoustic music experience.
Left to right: Ron Bloom, Carol Schryver-Bloom, Paul Marshall
Our new CD is finally here!
Kernevin is a phonetic spelling of the Welsh word, cynefin, meaning a place, or place in time, real, or imagined, where you intuitively feel you belong.
The MacMammals performed our first radio concert on May 15, 2022 we performed LIVE! on Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk radio show on BBC Radio Shropshire in Shrewsbury, England. It was great fun...and a bit scary at the same time. We performed four songs and were invited back any time we're in the area. We'll find a way to make that happen. Thank you, Genevieve, for hosting us on your show!
February 18, 2022: It's been a rough two years for all of us. We've been experiencing a musical desert and have gotten by with a few Facebook live concerts early on. It was really tough watching so many of our artist friends suffer. Some relief was experienced post-vaccination and it was wonderful to interact with our friends in person again. We will never again take for granted the importance of one-to-one human contact. In October, 2021, our musical fast was broken with a very well received performance before a masked audience at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA. Times have indeed changed and change is the only constant in life. It is now time to embrace the "new normal' and move on. We look forward toward all the new musical adventures to come.
Our new CD, Kernevin, was completed and printed just in time for the "lockdown!" D'oh! It features some guest artists including bagpiper David Brewer Molly's Revenge and The Fire Scottish Band, concertinist Cindy Mangson, an Irish whistle track by Sofia Chiavini, and a bodhran track by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in LA. There are also original songs by our diva, Carol Schryver-Bloom. The album is lotsa fun to listen to. Please click the link above, sample some tracks...and consider a purchase or two. They make great gifts for any occasion.
October, 2018: We have found "The Missing Link:" We were successful in acquiring a photo with Tom Campbell, who co-authored "Darcy Farrow," which we covered on our CD, "Keeping Up With the Heard." We met Tom at the Far West Folk Alliance Conference on Oct. 6, 2018. The photo was added to our Songwriters Gallery and completes our collection of our CD songwriters.
L to R: Ron Bloom, Tom Campbell, Carol Schryver-Bloom
October, 2016: The MacMammals have been officially appointed the new concert coordinators for The Living Tradition Concert Series in Anaheim, California effective Jan 1, 2017. We are looking forward to the opportunity to support live traditional music and bringing quality music events to Southern California.
We had the opportunity to meet Scottish singer/songwriter/poet Dougie MacLean on Oct. 8, 2016 at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We invited him to perform at The Living Tradition concert series in Anaheim, CA. He's a real nice guy and put us in touch with his people. We'll see what we can work out.
L to R: Ron Bloom, Dougie MacLean, Carol Schryver-Bloom on Oct. 7, 2016 at the Celtic Colours International Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
June, 2016: The Macs returned from England and Wales last June after having some "down time" and doing some musical research. Two weeks were spent in the "slow lane" aboard a narrowboat along the Lancaster Canal, where we refined our musical skills...and seranaded cows along the embankment. The trip culminated with attendance at a Kate Rusby concert and meeting our musical heroine after the show.
February, 2016: We returned on Feb 13th, refreshed, from our twelve day journey through Costa Rica. Our performances were very well received at "Monkey La La," and "Pura Vida." We can't wait to go back!
On Feb 20, 2016, we ran into Steve Gillette. Among other songs, Steve co-wrote "Darcy Farrow," which was recorded by John Denver and The MacMammals. Steve was kind enough to give us permission to use his song. We have since added a "Songwriters Gallery" to our web site. Check it out.
L to R: Steve Gillette, Ron Bloom, Carol Schryver-Bloom. Taken at Anaheim Civic Center Feb 20, 2016.
We really enjoyed performing with Mike Mullins at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in January. Mike is the author or "Rhode Island Bride," a song we recorded on our CD. We actually had our first opportunity to perform it with Mike. Wow, can he play that mando!
L to R: Ron Bloom, Mike Mullins, Carol Schryver-Bloom, Paul Marshall. Taken at The Coffee Gallery BAckstaage on Jan 30, 2016.
July, 2015: The Macs were thrilled to have had our CD reviewed by Jackie Morris and published in the June, 2015 edition of FolkWorks magazine (www.folkworks.org). A copy can be accessed via the green button above, or via the "more" drop-down menu at the top of the page.
L to R: Ron Bloom, Carol Schryver-Bloom, Kate Rusby at The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, England, May 28, 2016.