RANGELEY — Twelve-year-old Mason Strunk, grandson of American folk icon Jud Strunk, will perform on-stage with one of his idols, Canadian songwriter Buddy MacDonald, at Lakeside Theater on Tuesday, May 31, and Skye Theatre for Performing Arts in Carthage on Wednesday, June 1.
Strunk met MacDonald on tour at age 10 and at that time performed a moving rendition of “A Daisy A Day."
Although a prolific songwriter himself, MacDonald has performed Strunk songs over his 35-plus-year career. In a recent interview MacDonald said, “I am glad to see this come full circle. We will sing one of Jud's songs, one of Mason's and one of mine” Cape Breton fiddler Rachel Davis will provide backup during the cameo appearance.
Mason has opened for comedian Bob Marley and recently played with noted folk singer Johnathan Edwards at the Bluegrass Festival at Saddleback in Rangeley. He plays regularly at the Rack in Carrabassett with former members of Jud's band. He is an honor student and avid sports participant and fan. Two of his life list goals are to write a hit song and perform at the Super Bowl.
Interviewed recently at Saddleback, Mason said, “I never met my grandfather, but I see him in his music.”
Curtain for both concerts is 7 p.m. For more tickets and more information, call Lakeside at 864-5000 or Skye at 562-4445.