Acclaimed traditional musicians Colleen Raney, Stuart Mason, and John Weed are teaming up to become one of the most exciting new groups on the West Coast. Meet Story Road.
Among the best Celtic singers of her generation, Colleen Raney is inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes that she grew up with in the rich Irish community in Seattle, Washington. Through her gorgeous voice and deft arrangements, Colleen manages to credit her background and stake claim as a serious presence in contemporary Celtic music.
“Singing with a deep love for the tradition, and for the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from the old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music.” —Devon Leger, Hearth Music.
John and Stuart 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 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.” —Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.
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. A classically trained violinist, John leverages his understanding of the instrument to coax emotion from every tune.
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.