Vancouver, WA’s finest – James Mason – will be coming to Fiddle Tunes in 2018!
At age 11 James entered his first fiddle contest. At age 13 he began learning Texas Style fiddling from the legendary Benny Thomasson, while keeping within earshot of Swing and Jazz and the music of Bob Wills, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti.
In 2014 James’ won first place at both the National Swing Fiddle Championship at Weiser ID and the first annual Bob Wills Fiddle Contest in Greenville, TX a stellar accomplishment.
James enjoys teaching, performing and playing for dancers. He currently resides near Portland, OR and is active in multiple bands performing Swing, Western Swing, and Gypsy Jazz. A fine craftsman as well as a fine fiddler, James has been repairing, restoring, and making violin bows at the David Kerr Violin Shop in Portland since the 1980s.