What’s New for 2018?

What’s new for 2018? As is tradition, Molly’s Revenge will kick off the season with their annual March Madness tour in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.

To the three members of Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, “March Madness” means something other than basketball playoffs. Indeed, for all players of traditional Irish music, the month of March means making hay while the sun shines, for March 17 is the date when Irish people all around the world love to celebrate the venerable Saint Patrick. And since they can’t be everywhere on one day, Molly’s Revenge will once again be crisscrossong the West Coast for much of the month. Hence the nickname of their annual tour: March Madness.

The California-based folk combo will also celebrate their own longevity in March, as their first gig happened on a fateful St. Patrick’s Day some 18 years ago. Piper David Brewer is the only original band member, but fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason joined up after the first couple years. Front man David Brewer, also known as the “hyper piper,” leads the charge with an authentic and unique style of playing that has earned him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

In April, Molly’s Revenge will zip up to Oregon for a winery show in Ashland, a community concert in Tualatin, and a house concert near Corvallis. Tour details at mollysrevenge.com.

As some of you may already know, John Weed and myself launched an exciting new quartet last year with our friends Lisa Lynne (harp and cittern) and Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa). New World String Project features extraordinary instruments and a unique blend of heartwarming music. Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart. We hope to see you at one of our 2018 tours in May, August, or November. Learn more at newwworldstringproject.com.

Mike Melnyk Photo
Mike Melnyk Photo

Last but not least–our old-timey string trio Little Black Train (Kenny Blackwell, John Weed, and myself) will be dusting off the rails with a house concert in San Luis Obispo on April. Details at slo-houseconcerts.com.


Fall 2017 Newsletter

News from the Mollysphere

We hope this crisp autumn weather finds you well, happy and sitting on a big woodpile. Here’s all the latest news and upcoming shows from Molly’s Revenge and our various musical adventures. We will be doing a short tour later this month in Oregon and Washington that includes the Galway Bay Feis in Ocean Shores, WA with shows in Portland, Pendleton, and Gig Harbor… see below. Don’t forget that our annual Winterdance holiday show with singer Christa Burch and dancers will be returning to all of our usual venues in December, and one or two new ones as well. Stay tuned for details as they coalesce at mollysrevenge.com.


Molly’s Revenge Fall Tour
David Brewer, John Weed, Stuart Mason

Mon, Oct 23 @ 7:00 PM
Abbies House Concerts
Portland, OR

Tue, Oct 24 @ 7:00 PM
Pendleton Center for the Arts
214 N Main St, Pendleton, OR
Call (541) 278-9201

Wed, Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM
Harbor House Concerts, Gig Harbor, WA

Thu, Oct 26 – Sun, Oct 29
Galway Bay Irish Music Feis
Ocean Shores, WA

Nov. 26
Angelicas Bistro
Redwood City, CA
In the Bell Stage Main Dining Room
Featuring: The Turco Irish Dancers

December 2017
Molly’s Revenge Winterdance Tour
Details TBA – Stay tuned.

The Fire Releases ‘Ignite’

The release of Ignite marks a new era for The Fire. Adam Hendey joined the group in July 2016, making this EP the first recording to feature the new trio sound. Composed of primarily traditional Scottish tunes, Ignite showcases every aspect of The Fire’s stylistic expertise, technical prowess, and musical passion. As on their first album, this record displays the dynamic interplay of fiddle and bagpipes for which Rebecca  Lomnicky and David Brewer have become well known. On guitar and bouzouki, Hendey brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music, with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. LISTEN/BUY

Across the Pond

John and Stu continue to promote their new album Across the Pond with an upcoming show for our friends on the rugged NorCal coast. LISTEN/BUY

November 11, 2017
“Across the Pond” CD Release Concert
Inglenook Community Center
26500 N. Highway 1, about 5 miles north of Fort Bragg
Doors open at 5:30pm, show time is 7pm
6pm dinner hour with live music and food
Tickets are $20 online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door


And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you soon.

–David, John, Stu

Story Road: California Tour

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Irish folk band Story Road is set to begin an eagerly anticipated west coast tour at the 21st annual KVMR Celtic Festival in Nevada City, California. Tour dates:

9/30-10/1, 2017 KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace
10/2, 2017 House Concert – Cottonwood, CA
10/4, 2017 Carl Cherry Center – Carmel, CA
10/5, 2017 Don Quixote’s Music Hall – Felton, CA
10/6, 2017 The Grand Annex – San Pedro, CA
10/7, 2017 The Red Barn – Los Osos, CA
10/08, 2017 St. Luke’s Church – Bradley, CA

Story Road is a collaboration between four of America’s premier Irish traditional musicians, John Weed, Stuart Mason, Colleen Raney, and Ryan Davidson. Known for their dynamic live shows, the band’s repertoire of tunes and songs is culled from the rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the American South.

Each member of Story Road is individually unparalleled, and together they blend their best of their talents to create a musical experience rooted in tradition, yet lively, vibrant, and diverse. A Story Road performance is a master class in the story, heart, and music from both sides of the Atlantic. With tour dates throughout California from September 29th through October 8th, audiences from Redding to Los Angeles have the opportunity to see Story Road in concert.

Vocalist Colleen Raney has been referred to as “among the best in her genre,” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best traditional singers” (Tradconnect). This comes as little surprise given her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Raney is compelled by the beauty of traditional Irish songs and has committed herself to honoring the music not just with her voice, but in her tireless research of the origins, history, and story behind each piece before singing a single note.

Colleen has toured extensively both at home and abroad, and has recently been touring as a guest vocalist for the internationally recognized Irish band, Solas. Highlights have included The KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Winston-Salem Celtic Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, and Seattle’s respected Northwest Folklife Festival, where she was a regular performer from 1980 – 2012. Her music can be heard on radio from Italy, to Ireland, to New York, to Hawaii, to Japan and all parts in between.

John Weed and Stuart Mason are members of Molly’s Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Australia, Scotland, and China. They have released 11 albums and appeared on stage with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Aaron Jones, and other top Celtic artists. “There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing,” said National Heritage Award recipient Mick Moloney.

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. Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.

Talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist, Ryan Davidson has been performing across genres in the US and Europe for the last 2 decades. After years spent in Ireland; graduating the University of Limerick; studying jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory, and performing with countless traditional, folk, rock and blues artists, he has developed a dynamic, diverse, and complimentary style that has lent him to collaborate on over 20 albums with prominent performers in a variety of genres.

Complete tour information, including dates and locations can be found at storyroadband.com

Upcoming Shows

Mason & Weed Duo Gigs:

Wed. August 16, 8-10:30 PM
Berkeley Contra Dance
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Contact: erik@erikhoffman.com

Thurs. August 17
Silicon Valley House Concerts
Irish style guitar workshop: 3 PM sugg. donation of $25
Irish fiddle workshop : 5 PM sugg. donation of $25
Potluck dinner : 6:45 PM
Concert: 8:00 sugg. donation of $20
Reservations/Info: sv.houseconcerts@gmail.com

Friday August 18, 8-11 PM
Santa Rosa Contra Dance
Contact: contrabeet43@gmail.com

Saturday August 19, 8-11 PM
San Francisco Contra Dance
Contact: chrisknepper@gmail.com

Sunday August 20, 3-6 PM
South Bay Contra
First Unitarian Church San Jose
Contact: clairecontradance@gmail.com 

New World String Project – CA Tour

Wednesday August 23
Boathouse Theater at Valhalla Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, CA
Lisa and Aryeh with special guests

Thursday August 24
University of Earth, Feather River Campus
Web: uofearth.org
Contact Rick Silver rich@UofEarth.org

Friday August 25 7:00 PM
SLO House Concerts
San Luis Obispo, CA

Saturday: August 26
KCBX/Live Oak Festival Benefit
Painted Sky Studios
715 Main St, Cambria CA 93428
ph: (805) 927-8330

Sunday August 27
House Concert, Bradley CA
Off Bryson-Hesperia Road
Near Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio
Contact Barbara at bwonsmith@gmail.com

Mason & Weed:

Saturday Sept. 23, 2017. 7:00 PM
Crooked House Concerts, Auburn, CA
$20 donation
Web: crookedhouseconcerts.com
Email: crookedconcerts@gmail.com

Sunday Sept 24 2017, 4-6 PM
“Across the Pond” CD Release Concert
South Bay Community Center
2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos, CA
$20 admission, children under 12 free.
Tickets at brownpapertickets.com

Story Road West Coast Tour
Details at storyroadband.com

Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2017
KVMR Celtic Festival, Nevada City, CA

Oct 2, 2017
Houseconcert, Cottonwood, CA

Oct 5, 2017
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
Felton, CA

Oct 6, 2017
Grand Annex
San Pedro, CA

Oct 7, 2017
Red Barn Community Music Series, Los Osos, CA

Oct 8, 2017
St. Luke’s Church, Jolon, CA

Upcoming Shows with New World String Project

Upcoming Shows
New World String Project

Wednesday August 23
Boathouse Theater at Valhalla Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, CA
Lisa and Aryeh with special guests

Thursday August 24
University of Earth, Feather River Campus
Web: uofearth.org
Contact Rick Silver rich@UofEarth.org

Friday August 25 7:00 PM
SLO House Concerts
San Luis Obispo, CA

Saturday: August 26
KCBX/Live Oak Festival Benefit
Painted Sky Studios
715 Main St, Cambria CA 93428
ph: (805) 927-8330

Sunday August 27
House Concert, Bradley CA
Off Bryson-Hesperia Road
Near Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio
Contact Barbara at bwonsmith@gmail.com

St. Paddy’s Parties with Molly’s Revenge

March Madness Returns!

For more details or to hear the music, visit mollysrevenge.com.

Molly's Revenge
Molly’s Revenge

SLO House Concerts
Fri, Mar 3 @ 2:00 PM
Fri, Mar 3 @ 7:00 PM
San Luis Obispo. Two shows!

Brask Concerts
Sat, Mar 4 @ 7:00 PM
Mission Coffee Roasting, 151 Washington Blvd., Fremont CA
$15 at the door.

St. Paddy’s Party & Fundraiser
Fri, Mar 10 @ 7:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville CA
Charity fundraiser for stophungernow.org. The doors open at 6 p.m. for appetizers, liquid refreshments, auction, raffle and more. Reservations for adults $ 25, children under 16 only $ 10 , or families $ 60. Tickets available at the church, or call (916) 786-6911.

KZFR presents Molly’s Revenge
Sat, Mar 11 @ 6:30 PM
Chico Women’s Club, 592 E Third Ave, Chico CA
$20. 530-895-0788 ext 102

Sonora Celtic Faire
Sun, Mar 12
Sierra Building Stage: 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

SLO Film Fest: Octagon Barn Night
Thu, Mar 16 @ 9:00 PM
The Octagon Barn , San Luis Obispo, CA

St. Paddys Party with Irish Dancers
Fri, Mar 17 @ 8:00 PM
Don Quixote’s Intl Music Hall, Felton CA
Doors open 7 PM.

Pacifica Performances
Sat, Mar 18 @ 7:30 PM
Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica CA
Tickets $15-23.

St. Paddys Party with Irish Dancers and Paper Wings
Sun, Mar 19 @ 3:00 PM
St Mary’s by the Sea, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove, CA
Opening act : Paper Wings.
Food and libations by St. Mary’s Bistro.
Tickets $8-22 online. $25 at the door, $10 kids 12 and under.
For info call or text 831-224-3819, or email fiddlejamjp@gmail.com.
Doors open at 2:30 PM.