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Mick McCartney started playing guitar when he left home at 17. He was going to high school during the days and playing gigs in coffee houses and bars at night. After high school he hit the road hitchhiking up and down the west coast from British Columbia to Mexico, carrying a backpack and his now famous Gibson Hummingbird guitar. He honed his song writing talents waiting for rides and in thousands of cafes and communes along the road. Always a concert favorite, he has an amazing ability to make up songs instantly about his audience or any topics; sometimes several topics at once. He played the Jimi Hendrix memorial concert at the Monterey Fairgrounds on a bill featuring Santana, Buddy Miles, Crabby Appleton, and a host of others. He received a standing ovation. He has been featured on Canadian television and Northwest news programs. He has performed with Big Mama Thornton, Harmonica George Smith, John Stewart, Gallagher, Brian Bowers, and many others. He has worked as a writer, producer and arranger for commercials, an engineering teacher for Honeywell, and as a counselor in a prison. He loves life, music, his children and his partner and soon to be wife, Laura.
Rhythm and Sass…
It was Early in October of 2010 that Mick McCartney met Laura Short at the Songwriters Showcase hosted monthly by Nile Hartley at Pat’s Little Red Barn in Belfair. Mick was instantly smitten. He started attending weekly jam sessions at the home of Tom and Aileen Wilson, where Laura’s friends continually encouraged her to write songs. In January 2011, Mick and Laura began their songwriting partnership. Mick emailed some lyrics to her, she sat down with her guitar and within two hours emailed him back, “What great lyrics…can’t wait for you to hear the song.” They continued writing songs in this fashion, singing together, and before long fell completely in love…giving birth to Rhythm and Sass. Their first album, “Slow Tide”, recorded prior to the Rhythm and Sass name selection, is a rather eclectic collection of music born of the hearts of Mick and Laura.
“We hope you enjoy it…Blessings, Mick and Laura.”
Mick and Laura McCartney…
Mick and Laura became husband and wife on October 1, 2011.
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Laura Short, from Albany New York, began taking piano lessons at the age of ten, playing popular music and eventually moving into classical music. When her high school electives first included a Music Theory class, she enthusiastically joined, allowing her the opportunity to arrange music for her high school band. She was already engaged in the piano accompaniment of her high school chorus. As a music major at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse NY, she continued her studies in piano and flute, minoring in trumpet and violin. It was during her college years that she began learning to play guitar. Playing for friends and at social events over the years, she was influenced by Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Allison Krauss, Nancy Griffith, and Diana Krall. Laura visited Washington State many years ago, reuniting after 17 years with her dear friend from college, Aileen, who had discovered the delights of living in the Pacific Northwest since long before. After much encouragement from Aileen and her sister Bonnie, Laura finally sold her home, most of her belongings, and on pure guts and inspiration, took to the road with her guitar and a fully packed Honda Civic heading to find her place in the grandeur of the northwest. Laura left all she had known to seek what life might bring. She has a great love for not only freedom, music and people, but for photography and making bead jewelry. Trusting to the winds of serendipity, she made it to Washington State safely, snapping wonderful photos and singing to herself along the way. She was welcomed by her very best friend, Aileen Wilson, to a splendid home by a beautiful lake with a guest cottage prepped for her arrival. Laura lived at the lake and started playing music and attending various performance venues in the area with Aileen and her husband, performer/songwriter/novelist Tom Wilson.