Ryan has recorded with The McKassons (his family band) the Syncopaths. Below are samplings of the Mckasson's Tall Tales and Tripping Maggie. Scroll down to purchase one of these albums through Google Checkout.
Ryan has just released Five Gears with the Syncopaths. If you would like to listen to samples or purchase a CD, please visit syncopaths.com
The following dates are a mix of upcoming performances and dances with various artists and bands, as well as fiddle and dance camps. For upcoming shows and dances with the Syncopaths scroll down.
For more information about particular Syncopaths dates, or other general inquiries regarding the Syncopats please visit Syncopaths.com
The following dates are a mix of past performances and dances with various artists and bands, as well as fiddle and dance camps.
"The bow drives across the strings, thick and throaty, creating a pulsing sound that feels more of muscle than tendon...a compositional sophistication that is cinematic, transporting, and tantalizingly modern", wrote The Boston Globe. Ryan McKasson has gained a reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. In 1996 he was the youngest to win the National Scottish Fiddle Championship. In 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Donald McInnes.
In 2004 Ryan and his sister, Cali, formed a band, The McKassons, that eventually included Ryan's wife, Brooke, and her brother, Matt Jerrell. The McKassons released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie (2006). Since 2002 he has also been fiddler for a renowned contra dance band, The Syncopaths. They have just released their second album, Five Gears.
Ryan has recorded with Hanneke Cassel on her albums Silver and For Reasons Unseen, and with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on their newly released album Highlander's Farewell.
Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddling School
Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle (SHISSF), New Zealand
Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage, DC
Ford Amphitheater, LA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
National Gallery, DC
Club Passim, Boston
Freight and Salvage, San Fransisco
The Tractor, Seattle
McCabe's Guitar Shop, LA
For booking and general inquiries please contact Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Doug Plummer