Mason & Weed Shows

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Stuart Mason & John Weed

In these upcoming appearances, John Weed (fiddle) and Stuart Mason (guitar, mandola, banjo) will be performing traditional Appalachian, blues, and Celtic music that digs deep into the roots of bluegrass music. Long before the time of Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley and the Carter Family, rural Americans were singing and fiddling the ballads and dance tunes of Britain and Ireland, as well as the sentimental and comedy hits of the wildly popular minstrel shows. These sources provided a well of material that later formed the basis of the bluegrass repertoire.

John and Stuart have been working up a batch of new tunes and songs for a new album project–their first recording as a duo. So far, material for the project ranges from early American ballads and songs newly composed by their peers to beautiful melodies with Celtic and Nordic roots. They will remain true to their love of American old timey music and Irish trad while expanding the repertoire with tunes and songs that reflect their life long love of traditional music from all eras and all regions. The audience can expect a few surprises along with some familiar favorites, and maybe even a singalong or a humorous party piece dating back to the minstrel era. Along with brand new pieces, these concerts will showcase material from the new Molly’s revenge album “Lift” as well as songs from the lively repertoire of Molly’s Revenge, Little Black Train and from Stuart’s two solo albums.

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows!

Friday Sept. 16
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
SLO House Concerts
San Luis Obispo, CA
$20 Suggested Donation
slohouseconcerts@gmail.com
http://slohouseconcerts.com

Sept. 17, 2016 @ 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Slow & Easy Workshops on Irish Fiddle & Guitar
Don’s String Shop, 1030 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA
Stuart Mason will teach guitar at 9:00 AM
John Weed will teach fiddle at 10:30 PM.
Cost: $20 for each workshop.
Reservations not required.
Call 805-439-4017 or 805-215-0306
http://slowandeasy.info
http://donsstringshop.com

Thursday Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
Cherry Center for the Arts
4th and Guadalupe
Carmel, CA 93921
Tickets $20 on Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
Info: (831) 624-7491 (Robert Reese) info@carlcherrycenter.org
http://carlcherrycenter.org

Friday Sept. 23
Private Event, Pebble Beach CA

Saturday Sept. 24 at 7:00 PM
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
Historic Hesperia Hall
51602 Bryson-Hesperia Road
Bradley, CA 93426
hesperiahall@yahoo.com
805-472-2070
http://hesperiahall.org
$10-20 Suggested Donation

Sept. 25 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Contra Dance with Christa Burch
$12/$10 admission
Caller: Jean Gorrindo
Band: Mason, Weed & Burch
Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
New dancer orientation: one-half hour before dance time.
SBCDS Members, $2 discount; Teens and students to 24, $5 admission; 12 and under, free.
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Oct. 1-2 2016 Times TBA
KVMR Celtic Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
With Molly’s Revenge and Mason-Weed
http://kvmrcelticfestival.org/

Oct. 28 2016 8:00 PM
Mason & Weed
House Concert & Workshops
Mountain View, CA
Irish style guitar workshop: 3:15 – 4:45
Irish fiddle workshop : 5-6:30
Concert: suggested donation of $15-20
Workshops: sugg. donation of $25-35
Contact sgoodis@gmail.com

Oct. 29, 2016
Mason & Weed in Concert
Fort Bragg Grange #672
26500 N. HWY 1, Fort Bragg, CA
Details TBA

Also visit http://mollysrevenge.com

Woody + Elks This Week!

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Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Shell Cafe
Tribute! Celebrate the folk songs of Woody Guthrie

6:30-9:00pm
1351 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-8300  Price: Free!

Songwriters At Play invites you to celebrate the musical legacy of folk legend Woody Guthrie. Sing along to This Land is Your Land, Do Re Mi, Pastures of Plenty, So Long It’s Been Good to Know Ya, and many others. Performers include Rob Kimball, Lost Hills, BanjerDan, Stuart Mason, Patrick O’Hara, Kate Bennett, Dan Daniel, Dennis Russell. Your host Steve Key kicks it off at 6:30.

Songwriters At Play is held Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm at the Shell Cafe, 1351 Price Street, Pismo Beach, (805) 773-8300. All ages OK — full dinner menu available, plus beer, wine, desserts. No cover charge, but a tip bucket is passed around for our performers. Our Thursday showcase is a co-production with Madeline Royal of Love Live Music.

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Friday at 7 PM – 10 PM
Elks 322, 222 Elks Ln, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Full dinner at 6 PM including the traditional Cook Your Own Steak! Options include chicken, salmon, NY steak, and ribeye steak dinners for $10-24. For details call (805) 543-0322.

The Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show is a loose confederation of pickers and sawyers from several Central Coast bands. This show will include Gary Arcemont (fiddle/banjo), Jerry James (banjo/bass), James Moore (guitar/mandolin) and Stuart Mason (mandola/guitar). They call it old-time music, but the repertoire spans original songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, early bluegrass, country blues, and even Irish tunes.

Opening for Bear Market Riot

bear_market_riotWine-Down Wednesdays features Bear Market Riot

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Sculpterra Winery – 6-8pm
5015 Linne Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881    Price: Free!

New monthly concert series at Sculpterra! It’s called Wine-Down Wednesdays, every 2nd Wednesday 6-8pm, April-September. August 10 features local favorite Bear Market Riot. Special guest Stuart Mason (of Molly’s Revenge, and Little Black Train) will open the show.

Bear Market Riot is Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil, who blend everything from Americana to hip-hop into an infectious sound. Both are writers, singers, and guitarists, adding the wail of blues harmonica and the thump of an suitcase kick drum to keep heads bobbing. Nick is an Ohio native who played all over the country on the college circuit, and did a two year residency at Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant on the Strip of Las Vegas, playing five nights a week. Kirk grew up in the Seattle area, moved to the Central Coast in 2011, met Nick at a Songwriters At Play Paul Simon tribute. Their band name comes from their weekly jams at the Farmers Market in Los Osos. http://www.bearmarketriot.com/

Tickets are $15 ($10 wine club members) available now at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. Food and wine will be available for purchase — including HALF OFF the price of selected bottles.

 

August Shows

Stuart Mason
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July 29-Aug. 5
Lark Camp, Mendocino, CA
Class: Old Ballads on DADGAD Guitar
larkcamp.com

Aug. 6
Mason-Blackwell
Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA
8-11 PM

Aug. 10
Bear Market Riot
with Stuart Mason Opening
Sculpterra Winery, Paso Robles, CA
6 PM
songwritersatplay.com

Molly’s Revenge Tour:
Aug. 24 Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug. 25 House Concert, Bend, OR
Aug. 26 Pendleton Center for the Arts, OR
Aug. 27 Milton-Freewater, OR
Aug. 28 Secret Society, Portland, OR
Aug. 29 Cottonwood Performing Arts Center, CA
mollysrevenge.com

Coming in September:
Mason-Weed Duo Tour
Molly’s Revenge at KVMR Celtic Fest, Grass Valley CA
kvmrcelticfestival.org

What they’re saying about ‘Tradition’

“Love it! The arrangements are rich yet pared back… with gritty vocals and strong instrumentals. Tis a thing of rare, old timey beauty.” — Fiona Ritchie, Thistle & Shamrock | NPR

“An outstanding recording that is reserved and honest in its approach to some great old songs. The result is a refreshing and beautiful album.” —Tony Lawless, Tradconnect | Ireland

‘Stuart Mason evokes a rich, dark, contemporary sound on a host of classic old songs, bringing them beautifully into the modern world.’ – Evie Ladin

“Dark and mysterious, and lovingly crafted, a beautifully nostalgic record of folk classics.” —Nuala Kennedy

“A tasteful, immensely enjoyable presentation of music that is made for the soul.” —Joel Savoy

“This CD represents some of the best in living tradition. The beautiful, rich tones of this music are a portal to times long past.”–Riley Baugus

“Stuart Mason’s new solo record is a richly realized recording with warm, open banjo sounds… it’s a lovely ride the whole way through.” — Moira Smiley

“This is music crafted by a man who understands where the tradition came from and has a firm hand on where it’s going.” —Devon Leger, KITHFOLK

“A great CD, beautifully recorded and full of passion, joy and sincerity.” —Aaron Jones, Old Blind Dogs | Scotland