James Mason

Redwood Coast Music Festival 2020 Performing Artist

Vancouver, WA’s finest – Two time Bob Wills national fiddle champion - James Mason – will be coming to Redwood Coast Music Festival again in 2020!


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.  This year in 2019 James won his second Bob Wills National Fiddle Championship.


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.  He is currently active with his own band The Gypsy Hicks as well as Becky Kilgour & Her Cowhands, Pete Krebs & The Portland Playboys and gypsy bands Swing Papillon and Everything’s Jake.


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.


Performance Times:

VENUE                               DAY                      START 

Saturday                              TBA


On The Levee Jazz Band

Sunday                                 TBA


Friday                                  TBA