John Weed and Stuart Mason of Celtic band Molly’s Revenge announce the release of their second collection of 25 essential Irish session tunes played on fiddle and DADGAD guitar. Available in both CD and digital download, this collection of jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and a waltz is an excellent learning tool for all instruments, and lovely for listening. Pan left or right to solo the melody or backup. Or just let it play and get these Irish session favorites under your skin. Easy-print melody charts (PDF) for all 25 tunes are included with each purchase, with chord diagrams for DADGAD guitar as played on the CD. Charts will be in the .zip file with MP3 files and album art. Purchase of digital or actual CD includes unlimited streaming of Slow & Easy Vol. 2 (with charts) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. LISTEN OR BUY NOW
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.
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