Church Concert on May 22 in PG

Who: Little Black Train afternoon concert
What: Old-time bluegrass and acoustic Americana
When: Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm
Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove, CA
Tickets:  $15 donation
Reservations: or call 831-818-5021
Press Contact: Stuart Mason 805-215-0306

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will present An Afternoon of Traditional Americana with bluegrass-roots trio Little Black Train on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 pm.

Carmel Valley fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason will team up with sizzling mandolinist Kenny Blackwell for this show. Their trio Little Black Train will perform a fun, refreshing fusion of vintage fiddle tunes, bluegrass mandolin, and songs of old-time Americana. Weed and Mason are also members of the well-known Santa Cruz Celtic group Molly’s Revenge.

The oldternative sound of Little Black Train features a virtuosic bluegrass mandolinist, a traditional Irish fiddler, and an old-timey songster. Their music is old as the hills. From Depression-era gospel and blues to Appalachian and Celtic dance tunes, they dig up the roots of bluegrass that traveled to America from Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century. They combine new words and melodies with traditional songs from sources such as the Carter Family, Doc Boggs, and Charlie Poole. On the instrumental side, they mine fiddle tunes from archival sources in West Virginia, Ireland, and Scotland.

Mandolinist Kenny Blackwell, who studied with the legendary Jethro Burns, is known for his extensive studio work, as well as his collaborations with progressive fiddler Richard Greene and his membership in the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, a legendary California bluegrass outfit. Fiddler 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 complements his forays into bluegrass, swing, and other American music. Guitarist Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals, melodic mandola, and inability to hold his whiskey.

For reservations and directions, email or call 818-831-5021.

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