The MacMammals are Southern California based acoustic music performers presenting an eclectic musical stew of sounds from Ireland, the British Isles, and North America, seasoned with a touch of bluegrass, and salted with some songs of the sea (arrggh!). From warm ballads to rousing sea shanties, their music weaves historical tales with folklore and humor.
The "Macs" often draw from a musical "stable" of talent and are apt to feature a collaboration with some uniquely talented guest performers. Their selection of distinctive and rarely heard songs augments The MacMammals experience and delights listeners.
The MacMammals are familiar faces at local Southern California venues and at local venues during the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They have performed at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA; Butler's Coffee in Palmdale, CA; The Camarillo Celtic Faire; Camarillo Cafe Concert Series; the Annual Benefit for ARC in N. Hollywood; Music in the Mountains; The Turbotville Folk Festival; The Anaheim Multicultural Music Festival; The Kitchen Rackets at the Celtic Colours Festival, Keltic Lodge, and Governor's Pub on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; The Middlewich Folk Festival in England, and at Monkey La La and Pura Vida in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
The MacMammals consist of Carol Schryver and Ron Bloom. They have been performing together since 2004, each bringing unique backgrounds to their duo. Ron’s expertise lies in traditional folk and folk/rock. He plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, and lends warm vocals. Carol has performed Celtic and Appalachian music for over twenty years. She backs her sheer, genuine, and enchanting contralto vocals with guitar and, on occasion, accordion.
Performing with The Macs is Paul Marshall on upright bass. In 1969, Paul joined the million selling band, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, touring, recording, and featuring an appearance in the cult classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Paul is an accomplished song writer. His songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Juice Newton, Highway 101, Jill Sobule, and Boy Howdy. Paul also performs as a member of the notorious and award winning band, I See Hawks In L.A. Some of his more recent writing credits include a song for the Robin Williams movie, Man Of The Year; two songs for the TV show, The Riches; and an I See Hawks In L.A. song featured on a compilation album along with artists like Judy Collins and Jack Tempchin.
The MacMammals are a concert act and are available as a duo, trio, and with other musicians.