Free Live Tracks from New World

DSC_6701-adj-webGreetings from New World String Project! Our mission has always been to bring folks together with our music, creating a sense of warmth and community in our modern world. But now, all four of us are hunkered down in our respective homes in Oregon and California, hoping for a timely end to the difficult days in which we live.

Since we can’t all be together, we want to share some live tracks that we recorded a while back at a club in Berkeley, CA called The Back Room. These six tracks will be released one per day for a week, starting on April 16. That’s the date we WOULD have played the first show on our Spring Tour through Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The tour has been postponed.

We are giving these tracks for free in hopes of lifting your spirits during the quarantine. However, you have the option to donate any amount when you download, if you desire. Tips are greatly appreciated, but not required.

We play extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic, Celtic, and American folk traditions. New World String Project is Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa), John Weed (fiddle), Lisa Lynne (cittern, harp) and Stuart Mason (octave mandolin, guitar). Now being mixed and mastered in Germany, our first full-length studio album will be released in the coming weeks.

Until then–enjoy a gift of “quarantunes” from all four of us at New World String Project. One a day, starting on Thursday, April 16. Live tracks will be downloadable until April 30 on our website at newworldstringproject.com.

The Piper’s Farewell

It’s the end of an era for Molly’s Revenge. But not the end of the band.

At the end of March, bagpiper David Brewer will be leaving the band he founded 20 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day. We are super sad to see him go — but before he does, we’re planning a big final blowout tour. Our 2020 Piper‘s Farewell Tour will be our biggest and best ever, with dancers at some of the shows. Please come out and help us celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary. We hope to see you at one of the dates listed below!
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“Twenty years ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life: to pursue music as a full-time career. Founding Molly’s Revenge was one of the avenues that made this possible, and it has been a privilege to be a part of such a successful band for two decades. As a founding member of Molly’s Revenge, I have had the immense honor to tour across four continents, collaborate with incredible artists, and make lifelong friends. 

“Going forward, the time has come that I must say goodbye. I am bidding farewell to Molly’s Revenge, and this coming March tour will be my last series of performances with the band.

“While I play and perform on many instruments, I am first and foremost a bagpiper and Scottish music has long been where I find the most musical joy. I will therefore continue to perform with my Scottish band, The Fire, and work as a solo piper. I will also continue to teach workshops and give lessons to private students. The future is bright and I look forward to seeing what other musical possibilities may be in store. I thank you for your patronage, and hope you will continue to support me as an artist, in the quest to bring ever more joy to this world.”

Sincerely, David Brewer
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The End of an Era

In these last 20 years, we took the music of our ancestors across the globe, from Shanghai to Glasgow. For us, it was a golden age of laughter and tears, and we will never forget these past years. Members have come and gone, babies have been born, new bands have formed… and one of the kids is already getting up on stage with us from time to time! The idea of Molly’s Revenge that was created by David Brewer, Pete Haworth, George Grasso and Mark Boronkay back in 2000 will not be going away any time soon.

We don’t know exactly what will happen in the future, but Molly’s Revenge will live on. Our Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration will continue. Right now we’re listening to our fans and our venues, but one thing is for sure. No one can replace David Brewer!

Fan Appreciation Sale

We think this is a perfect time to show our appreciation to our fans with a big blowout sale on all CDs still in stock. If you’re missing a title or two in your collection, this is your chance to complete your Mollys library. For all CDs at our live shows, the regular price for one CD will remain at $15. But if you buy two or more, all CDs will cost only $10! And if you purchase four CDs, you get one free… that’s five for $40, or only $8 per CD. Don’t miss this sale, only at our live shows for now.

We made an effort to book most of our favorite venues for this tour. We sincerely hope to see you at one of David’s farewell shows!

–David, John, and Stu
The Lads of Molly’s Revenge

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2020 Piper‘s Farewell Tour

Details at mollysrevenge.com

Fri Feb 21, 2020 – Auburn State Theater, Auburn CA

Fri Feb. 28, 2020 – SLO House Concerts (2 shows) San Luis Obispo CA

Sat Feb 29, 2020 – Mission Coffee, Fremont CA

Sun March 1, 2020 – Angelica’s, Redwood City CA

March 6-7-8, 2020 – Sonora Celtic Faire, Sonora CA

March 13-14, 2020 – Seven Feathers Casino, Canyonville OR

Sun March 15, 2020 – St Marys Celtic Music Series, Pacific Grove CA

Tues March 17, 2020 – Michaels on Main, Soquel CA

Fri March 20, 2020 – Oak & Thorn Concerts, Fort Bragg CA

Sat March 21, 2020 – Pistol River Concert Series, Pistol River OR

Sun March 22, 2020 – Arcata CA, Details TBA

Sat March 28, 2020 – Pacifica Performances, Pacifica CA

New World String Project in 2020

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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: newworldstringproject.com

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
SOLD OUT

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

SPRING TOUR

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

SUMMER TOUR
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
halfwaystation41.com
http://stumblers.band

Fri Aug 9, 7-10 PM
Mason & Weed Duo
Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA
http://libertinebrewing.com/morro-bay

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

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
https://www.sbcds.org/

 

NEW WORLD STRING PROJECT

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
Tickets: https://www.celticsociety.org/

Friday, August 16th
New World String Project
Cambria, CA, 7:30 PM
Panted Sky Studios
Tickets: Call 805-927-8330
Email: paintedskystudios@yahoo.com
Web: http://paintedskystudios.com

Saturday, August 17th
New World String Project
San Luis Obispo, CA
Two House Concert shows 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Tickets: http://slo-houseconcerts.com

Sunday, August 18th
New World String Project
Los Gatos, CA, 3:00 PM
Concert on the Mountain
Reservations: pippasiersema@yahoo.com

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


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

Sat Aug 31
Mason & Weed Duo
Private Event