Timothy Mason has been actively performing poetry and promoting folk music since the 1980′s. He honed is performance style in the early poetry slams and around the campfires of the fabled Kerrville Folk Festival.
An extensive background in human services, three years volunteering for a telephone crisis intervention hotline, training as a rape crisis counselor, four years working with developmentally disabled adults, a stint with court-involved youth, and eight years volunteering in a battered women’s shelter have given him a unique empathy with the quiet battles of daily survival.
Born in the Midwest and raised in North America, his family eventually settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, which he still calls home, although he has been in New England for almost three decades. On the east side of the Big River, he has called Worcester, Cambridge and South Boston MA home and after a few bi-coastal years commuting to Richmond CA he has recently returned to East Cambridge MA. He supports himself by providing bookkeeping services, tax preparation and consultations to independent artists and arts oriented small businesses. He is also the Director of the New England Folk Music Archives.
Over his 25 plus years presenting folk music to New England audiences his work has included reviving Club Passim, the legendary Harvard Square coffeehouse that began as Club 47, pioneering new audiences at Capo’s in Lowell MA and bringing The Old Vienna Kaffeehaus in Westboro, Massachusetts, to national prominence.