Time and Date: 7 pm Saturday July 12
Location: La Grande OR, call for address
Cover Charge: $10 (8 for Trad Live members)
John Weed (fiddle) and Stuart Mason (guitar, mandola, banjo) will present a performance of traditional fiddle tunes mixed with blues, bluegrass, and mountain songs that explore the musical connections between Ireland and America, with tastes of Scotland, Canada, and more. On fiddle, guitar, mandola, and banjo they bridge the Atlantic to recreate a lost magic that resonates with the listener of today. Both are members of the well-known Celtic powerhouse Molly’s Revenge, the old-time bluegrass group Little Black Train, and the Irish trio Story Road. With Molly’s Revenge, Stuart Mason and John Weed have appeared on festival stages from Glasgow, Scotland to Shanghai, China.
An accomplished fiddler across genres, John Weed has lived in Ireland and immersed himself in the traditional styles of Clare and Donegal. The result is an old-time Irish fiddling style that compliments his forays into bluegrass, swing, and other American music. A classically trained violinist, John leverages his understanding of the instrument to coax emotion from every tune. He has returned to Ireland many times to hone his skills and collect tunes at their source.
Stuart Mason was born in the hills of West Virginia and has been playing traditional music on stage for over 35 years. He is known for his authentic vocals, driving backing on guitar and mandola in alternate tunings, and inability to hold his whiskey. On banjo he plays in the older clawhammer and two-finger styles. Stuart has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriter’s Association). Deeply rooted in Americana, Stuart’s original songs are the inevitable result of the years he spent immersed in traditional music.
Bay Area Shows
LITTLE BLACK TRAIN
3/21/14 Little Black Train at The Woodshed
Los Gatos, CA 7:30-10 PM
TICKETS $18 adv/22 door
3/22/14 Little Black Train at Crooked House Concerts
Auburn, CA 7PM
$15 suggested donation
3/23/14 Little Black Train at Belmont Public Library
Belmont, CA Free! 3PM
More Upcoming Shows
4/18/14 Little Black Train at SLO House Concerts
San Luis Obispo, CA 7 PM
Suggested donation: $15-$20
May 8-9 2014 Little Black Train at Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
Songwriters at Play
Time and Date: Saturday, February 15 at 7-10:00pm
Venue: Avion & Claw
Location: 6155 El Camino Real (next to Carlton Hotel), Atascadero, CA
Cost: No cover, pass the hat.
Songwriters At Play debuts at a new Atascadero wine bar, Avion & Claw. The headliner is a longtime Central Coast folk musician. Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skill on guitar, mandola, and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriters Association). He is a member of international touring Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and across the United States. He also tours with oldtime bluegrass band Little Black Train and Celtic folk band Story Road, and performs with the Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show, who play weekly in San Luis Obispo. www.stuartmasonmusic.com
Special guests include Steve Kindel, Dulcie Taylor, and the international trio known as True North, which includes Carmel’s Janni Littlepage, and the Swedish songwriters Patrick Rydman and Eva Hillered. Showcase runs 7-10pm at Avion & Claw, 6155 El Camino Real (next to Carlton Hotel), Atascadero, 805-461-9463. Ages 21 & over only; no cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act.
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