Hey Mavis, The David Mayfield Parade

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Hey Mavis

The David Mayfield Parade

Sat, November 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

Hey Mavis
Hey Mavis
The Ohio-based Northcoast Americana group Hey Mavis is proud to announce the release of a CD with illustrated book titled Silver Ribbon Dream—Songs and Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal​ in October, 2018. This original work was funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is a collaboration between Hey Mavis songwriter Laurie Michelle Caner and nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drumm. Release concerts will include an exhibition of Drumm's artwork alongside featured stories, history, and technology of the canal, as well as gallery talks by the artists.

About Hey Mavis

Banjoist/songwriter Laurie Michelle Caner and violinist/fiddler Eddie Caner formed Hey Mavis while serving as artists-in-residence in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation and agreed to produce their first CD, which immediately hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and finished #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan. Hey Mavis has since released three more CDs--the latest produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala and all of which have amassed favorable reviews across the globe.

Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad'ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2018, Melissa Etheridge personally chose Hey Mavis to perform on her music cruise featuring Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan.
The David Mayfield Parade
The David Mayfield Parade
If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more.

This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album "The David Mayfield Parade" his follow-up "Good Man Down" was self released and funded with a surprising succesful Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000. On the heels of that sucsess, Mayfield has partnered with Compass Records. A label that Playboy Magaizne calls "Nashville's hippest alternative label"

STRANGERS, Mayfield’s first album with Compass, is a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s musical roots, which are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band. Tracks range from the Celtic-inspired opener “Caution,” which features Mayfield’s deft ability in orchestrating complex instrumentation, to “The Man I’m Trying to Be,” a sharply honest song that is as dark and it is tender. Mayfield is truly a wordsmith, forging the mundane into the evocative in each track, most notably with “Ohio (It’s Fake),” whose innovative lyrics are propelled from acoustic beginnings into a pure pop finish, Mayfield’s trembling tenor rising above the grooving band. With the release of Strangers, David Mayfield is clearly going places, fueled by a deadly combination of infectious energy and songwriting chops that only come around once in a blue moon.


“Acoustic, beardy goodness.” —American Songwriter


“Anyone with a craving for rustic Americana—frayed edges and all—will find Mayfield and company effective practitioners.” —Blurt


"A massively skilled picker and singer with a knack for stagecraft.” —Nashville Scene


“…his songs are sturdy enough to work in any format, because his tunes are that lovely and his words that understated.”
- Washington Post


“…a dynamic combination of music and comedy worthy of a traveling vaudeville act”
- The Boston Globe


“…the wild man of Americana!”
-The Independent


“this abundantly bearded multi- instrumentalist/songwriter impresses with a sound on the cutting edge of indie folk- rock”
-Spirit Magazine



David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage - a trait that makes him a natural frontman. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Around then Mayfield began writing songs after hearing artists like Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. Encouraged by his sister Jessica, & friend Seth Avett, to record his original material, Mayfield did just that, to much acclaim. Since that time he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer - something his father instilled in him in the family band - he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistantly lining up to join the parade.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/