Stuart Mason with special guest Ryan Davidson
Songwriters at Play [songwritersatplay.com]
Thursday Jan. 22
Featured artists Stuart and Ryan play 45 min. set at 8:30
Opening acts at 6:30
Price: Free (tip jar)
Sunday Jan. 25
Featured artists Stuart and Ryan play 45 min. set at 2:20
Opening acts at 1pm
Price: Free(tip jar)
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 old-time bluegrass band Little Black Train and Celtic folk band Story Road, and performs with the Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show. www.stuartmasonmusic.com
Stuart will be joined for these shows by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Davidson of Chico, CA. The songs of Ryan Davidson combine the traditional folk art of storytelling with an aggressive punk flair. His impassioned voice and energetic presence on stage command attention on any room. The Northern California native was educated in Ireland, and his songs strike a deep emotional chord that moves the heart while inviting the listener to raise a glass and sing along.
Stuart and Ryan will perform songs from Stuart’s upcoming solo album, a collaborative project of all-traditional acoustic Americana songs set for release in spring of 2015.
Announcing Wintersong, a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed Celtic music, recorded at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast in California. These beautiful tunes and songs are performed annually by Molly’s Revenge at their Winterdance holiday shows. The band is joined here by guest vocalist Christa Burch, who possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable. Part of a vibrant new generation of American folk singers, Christa deftly marries intuitive musicianship and storytelling through song. Release date for the new album has been set for December 1.
For a short time, the band is giving away a free promotional download from the full-length holiday album Wintersong from Molly’s Revenge and Christa Burch. The only thing we ask in return is your email address, so we can keep you posted on band news. Please enter it even if you are already on our mailing list (you will not be sent two newsletters). You will then be emailed a link to download the track.
Molly’s Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured extensively in the USA as well as Australia, China and Scotland. The band is known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm on stage . Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
WINTERDANCE: 9th Annual Celtic Christmas Clebration
Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with Irish dancers will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band’s brand new holiday album titled Wintersong. Coming soon to a venue near you! DATES LISTED HERE.