New World String Project in 2020


2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for one of my three bands: The New World String Project. January found us in the studio on a farm near Corvallis to record our first album of Nordic, Celtic, and American folk tunes. We spent a creative week of 12-hour days cozied up to the wood stove as cold rain washed away the remnants of 2019. Right now, Aryeh is cleaning up our first round of rough mixes and we’re all enjoying our first listen to the tracks we recorded. Here’s a first look at our tour dates for the upcoming year. Details:

Friday February 7
Fort Bragg, CA
Oak & Thorn Presents
Gloriana Musical Theater at Eagles Hall
Fort Bragg, CA

Saturday February 8
Gilroy, CA
Barn Concert

Sunday February 9 (2 shows)
1. Woodside – Filoli Gardens Ballroom Cultural Series
2. Menlo Park, CA – House Concert


April 16: OR – Bend – House Concert
April 17: ID – Boise – Barn Concert
April 18: ID – Twin Falls – First Presbyterian Church
April 20: MT – Bozeman Folklore Society
April 21: MT – Helena – St. Pauls United Methodist Church
April 22: MT – Missoula Folklore Society
April 23: WA – Spokane – Artists in the Dahmen
April 24: WA – Pendleton Art Center
April 25: WA – Ridgefield – Liberty Theater
April 26: WA – Olympia – Traditions Cafe

Saturday August 15: Dusty Strings – Seattle
Sunday August 16: Quimper Grange in Port Townsend WA
Monday August 17: Unity Church in Port Angeles WA
Tuesday August 18: House Concert in Bellingham WA
Wednesday August 19: House Concert in Anacortes WA
Thursday August 20: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts WA
Friday August 21: Artichoke Music – Portland OR
Saturday: August 22: Hayloft Barn – Salem OR
Sunday: August 23: House Concert – Springfield OR

14th Annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration

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Once again in 2019, Molly’s Revenge with guest vocalist Amelia Hogan and Irish dancers will present Winterdance, 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, and something new for our regulars.

The core of the Winterdance show is the dynamic Celtic trio called Molly’s Revenge. The band recently released their 14th album titled The Lucky Set. This year they will be joined by guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, who sang with the show last year, along with the Murray Irish dancers from Portland and the Turco Irish Dancers from the Bay Area. As always, this 14th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend.

Molly’s Revenge is comprised of a trio of Californians who have dedicated their lives to Celtic music. David Brewer has been playing whistle, bodhran, and four types of bagpipes for over 20 years. He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of playing has earned him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 25 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He attended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. In recent years his fiddling has grown to include American, Quebecois, and Swedish fiddle styles.

Guitarist Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 40 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, Nordic, old-time, and his own compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.

Guest vocalist Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the banshee wails and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are the hallmarks of Amelia’s music.


August Shows

Thursday August 8  6:30-8:30 PM
SLO County Stumblers
Halfway Station, 15050 Morro Rd, Atascadero CA

Fri Aug 9, 7-10 PM
Mason & Weed Duo
Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA

Sat Aug 10 – 6:30 PM
Mason & Weed Duo with Jacqui Brennan Calling
Monthly Contra Dance
San Luis Obispo CA
SLO Country Dance Society

Sun Aug 11 – 6:30 PM
Mason & Weed Duo with Jacqui Brennan Calling
Weekly Contra Dance at Castillo Ballroom
100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Country Dance Society



Thursday, Aug 15th 7:30 PM
New World String Project
Michael’s On Main, Soquel CA
Advance $16, Door $18
Member discount $2
Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay

Friday, August 16th
New World String Project
Cambria, CA, 7:30 PM
Panted Sky Studios
Tickets: Call 805-927-8330

Saturday, August 17th
New World String Project
San Luis Obispo, CA
Two House Concert shows 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 18th
New World String Project
Los Gatos, CA, 3:00 PM
Concert on the Mountain

Monday, August 19th
New World String Project
Los Olivos, CA, 7:00 PM
St. Marks Church, (Solvang area)

Fri Aug 30
Mason & Weed Duo
Tin City Cider, Templeton CA

Sat Aug 31
Mason & Weed Duo
Private Event

My Summer Plans

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JUNE 2019

Sat June 1 – Molly’s Revenge at Red Barn Community Music Series, Los Osos CA
Sat June 9 – Molly’s Revenge at Pacifica Performances, Pacifica CA
June 14-16 – Molly’s Revenge at Utah Scottish Games, Salt Lake City
June 21-23 – SLO County Stumblers at Live Oak Music Festival, San Luis Obispo CA

JULY 2019

Sat July 6 – Mason & Weed at Joseph Mountain Jubilee, Joseph OR
Sat July 6 – Mason & Weed at Terminal Gravity Brewing, Enterprise OR
July 7-12 – Mason & Weed at Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp
Thu July 18 – New World String Project at Cedar House Concerts, Monroe OR
Fri July 19 – New World String Project at Tsunami Books, Eugene OR
Sat July 20 – New World String Project at Oran Mor Meadery, Roseburg OR
Sun July 21 – New World String Project at Unity Church, Medford OR
July 29-Aug 3 – Mason & Weed at Lark Camp, Mendocino CA


Fri Aug 9 – Mason & Weed at Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA
Sat Aug 10 – Mason & Weed at SLO Country Dance Society, San Luis Obispo CA
Thu Aug. 15 – New World at Michaels on Main, Soquel CA
Fri. Aug. 16 – New World at Painted Sky Studios, Cambria CA
Sat Aug 17 – New World at SLO House Concerts, San Luis Obispo CA
Sun Aug 18 – New World at St. Marys Concert Series, Pacific Grove, CA
Mon Aug 19 – New World at Los Olivos CA, Details TBA

SEPT 2019

Thu Sept 19 – New World at Sutter Fort, Sacramento CA
Fri Sept 20 – New World at House Concert, Santa Rosa CA
Sat Sept 21 – New World at Occidental PAC, Occidental CA
Sept 27-29 – Molly’s Revenge at KVMR Celtic Festival, Grass Valley CA

St. Paddy’s Day with Molly’s Revenge

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Quick reminder about our annual celebrations in honor of Saint Patrick.

Fri. March 1, 2019
SLO House Concerts
Two shows, Invitation only.

Sat. March 2, 2019 at 7 PM
Fremont Coffee Roasting

Sat. March 9, 2019
Private Event

Sun. March 10, 2019 3 PM
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
65500 Jolon Rd, Jolon, CA 93928
$15-20 suggested donation
Kids 14 and under free

Sat. March 16, 2019 7:30 PM
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers
Sunnyvale Theatre Evenings of Cultural Arts Series
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Sun, Mar 17 2019, 2:00PM 
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers
St Mary’s By The Sea Episcopal Church
Pacific Grove

Sun, Mar 17 2019 8:30 PM
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers
Flynns Cabaret, Felton, CA
$20 advance/$20 doors


May 24-27
CMS Redwood Camp

Fri, May 31
St James Episcopal Monterey

Sat, June 1
Red Barn Series, Los Osos

Sun, June 2
Fresno Folklore

Sat, June 8
Pacifica Performances
Pacifica, CA

June 14-16
The Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Utah State Fair Park, Salt Lake City, Utah



In other news–2019 will see a new album from Molly’s Revenge, appearances by all three of us in our other combos The Fire (David Brewer) and New World String Project (John and Stu), as well as these summer camps: Redwood Music Camp, CMS Teen Camp, Wallowa Fiddle Tunes, and Lark Camp.