Music | David Mason | Inspire To Write


Ancient History...
David and his brother Dare Mason started making music with their friend Marty Willson-Piper way back in the early 70s.  They formed a band called "Uncle Rufus"(remember them?) and played a series of gigs in Birkenhead and Liverpool.  David left the band in 1974 after a row over the big school assembly gig.

Dare Mason moved to Australia for several years and began a highly successful career in the music industry as a sound engineer and record producer.  He continued to work with Marty Willson-Piper who is lead guitarist of The Church, an Australian band that found world-wide fame in the 80s and 90s and are still performing today (Marty plays guitar on "The Bun Fight" on the Chocolatay CD).  Dare returned to the UK and worked at the prestigious Town House Studios in London.  He now runs his own studio in Penzance called The VIP Lounge and still records studio albums with Marty as Noctorum.

Modern History...
In 2002, David and Dare began recording together again.  David provides the lyrics and melodies whilst Dare is the musician and producer.  The combination results in songs that are energetic and exciting with a huge variety of rhythms and styles.  Dare plays instruments himself or session musicians are brought in to deliver a high quality music experience.  

The music is a rare commodity in that it fills the gap between nursery rhymes and mass-market pop music.  The humour of the songs, however, is not lost on parents who find themselves inadvertently humming those unforgettable tunes!

Since the first album's release in 2002, David has continued to write and perform his songs a cappella in schools.  However, there was always a plan to release another album with Dare and recording has been taking place intermittently over the last two years.

The Masonettes...
The new tracks required a new group to provide the backing vocals in addition to Dave and Dare and so The Masonettes were formed.  The group consists of Dave's wife Helen and four of their six children:  Rosa, Rory, Lily and Poppy.

The Musicians and production team....
As all the music is REAL and played by REAL musicians on REAL instruments, there were too many names to print on the CD envelope. To view the page dedicated to the many people who made this album possible Click here >>

  • Marty Willson-Piper
  • Uncle Rufus
Marty, Dare and Dave
Aged 14,15 and 12
Before the split
  • Dare at the mixing desk
VIP Lounge
  • Dare Mason
  • Dare in the In Deep Music Archive run by
Marty Wilson-Piper next door to the
VIP Lounge
  • Dave and Dare
Trying to look hard but failing to do so
  • Dave, Helen and
the Masonettes