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
newworldstringproject.com

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

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
slohouseconcerts@gmail.com
slo-houseconcerts.com

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

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
530-401-6381

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
WEBSITE

Oct 2, 2017
Houseconcert, Cottonwood, CA
CONTACT

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

Oct 6, 2017
Grand Annex
San Pedro, CA
WEBSITE

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

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

Upcoming Shows with New World String Project

Upcoming Shows
New World String Project
newworldstringproject.com

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

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
slohouseconcerts@gmail.com
slo-houseconcerts.com

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

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!
https://slo-houseconcerts.com/

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

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
gm@kzfr.org
http://www.kzfr.org

Sonora Celtic Faire
Sun, Mar 12
Sierra Building Stage: 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM
http://sonoracelticfaire.com/

SLO Film Fest: Octagon Barn Night
Thu, Mar 16 @ 9:00 PM
The Octagon Barn , San Luis Obispo, CA
https://tinyurl.com/h3wwrw8

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

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

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.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2891889

“Across the Pond” Fan Fundraiser

Our fundraiser ended at 4PM on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. Thanks to our fans, we raised over $2500 to make this album!

PROJECT UPDATE 
Fourteen tracks have been recorded, with our brilliant engineer Ryan Davidson on the knobs, and we are making some final tweaks before sending them off to Germany for mixing and mastering. We’ve recorded Irish reels and jigs and waltzes, American songs, old time and Quebecois and Acadian fiddle tunes, played on fiddles, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, and mandola.

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Ryan Davidson Photo

In early January, John and Stu packed up their fiddles, guitars, banjo, bouzouki, and mandola and migrated northward to the rugged Pacific coast near Fort Bragg, California to make this record. There in the misty gloom of towering redwoods and pounding surf we did temporarily shed the hustle and bustle of our modern lives and for one precious week, focused on our deep love for traditional music.

We enlisted the help of engineer and ethnomusicologist Ryan Davidson, who helped produce Stu’s TRADITION record, to capture the music. We plan to send rough mixes to Juergen Treys (of Cara, Litha) in Germany for mixing and mastering. Juergen is the studio wizard who mixed and mastered the recent album LIFT from Molly’s Revenge.

Thank you for your support of traditional music!