This high energy acoustic trio play the songs of Rikki Thomas-Martínez. Rikki, writes and sings in Spanish, English and French. He plays a Spanish guitar in a driving percussive style underpinned by the rock and reggae influenced bass lines of Wayne D. Evans and the Cuban influenced drums of Richard Kensington.
Mas Y Mas is where it all started for Yeti Boy Records. When Richard Kensington joined Mas Y Mas in 1998 it set the ball rolling for fifteen years of touring, gigging and musical collaborations brought together in Yeti Boy Records.
In the early days Rikki, Wayne and Rich toured extensively round Ireland with regular performances at Lillies Bordello and The Gaeity Theatre in Dublin, The Half Moon Theatre and The Lobby in Cork and a whole load of small, packed, smokey venues where the Guinness flowed and the Craic was always blinding. During these years Mas Y Mas honed their show, tightened up their act and Rich's percussion set up grew. The band also headed into Europe visiting Rikki's roots playing gigs in Spain and France during this time.
As the Celtic Tiger started to tire Mas Y Mas found themselves heading out further to the east with a number of private bookings, shows and festivals over a five year period in China and Malaysia. At the same time their popularity in the UK was growing with regular performances at The National Theatre and many of the festivals on the UK folk and world circuit.
In 2008 Rikki, Wayne and Rich headed out to Cuba to collaborate with Rich's long time friend and percussion mentor, Chaguito. There they recorded their third album 'La Bala' in the studio of "El Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Pinero'.
Mas Y Mas are currently busy writing, recording and gigging. They play a very successful monthly night at The Nottingham Contemporary. They are as at home playing to large festival crowds and theatre audiences as they are in packed night clubs and dance venues. Come and visit them on Facebook or check out the Mas Y Mas website. Visit the Yeti Boy Records gig page to find out when you can see them live!
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