Yes the Raven to Perform July 14

The raven holds a special place in Celtic myth. Among other things, the large crow is associated with the battle goddess Mabd, an ominous and mysterious portent. But Madb was also the goddess of enlightenment, life, inspiration and wisdom, a fitting patroness for the inquisitive and intelligent raven.

Yes the Raven, the singer-songwriter persona of Irish-born Alyn Mearns, taps into both the mystery and the inspiration suggested by his namesake in his beautifully crafted songs. He’ll perform his distinctive and original music at the White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m.

Not too long ago, Mearns’ native Belfast, Northern Ireland was best known for its intransigent and sometimes violent politics, a legacy it’s only recently started to put behind it. Alan Myrnes was born and raised in a Belfast still beset by “The Troubles”, and his songs have a spiritual connection to the great beauty and tragedy of his native land without overtly referencing its traditional music.

As an inheritor of Celtic mysticism and a standard bearer of the best of current songwriting, Yes the Raven’s lyrics are profoundly poetic, sometimes direct and sometimes oblique, and his virtuosic, classically influenced guitar arrangements to serve as equal partners in his singular musical vision.

Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door.

Tickets available online at

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.