Our fundraiser ended at 4PM on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. Thanks to our fans, we raised over $2500 to make this album!
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.
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.
Who: Molly’s Revenge with Christa Burch and Irish Dancers
What: Winterdance: 11th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration
When: December 2015
Where: California, Oregon, and Washington
Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with Irish dancers will present 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.
Molly’s Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured extensively in the USA as well as Australia, China and Scotland. The band is known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
The California-based group has toured since 2000 as a multi-instrumental acoustic band, releasing twelve CDs along the way. In 2014, Molly’s Revenge and Christa Burch recorded a collection of Celtic Christmas and winter-themed music at a remote windswept retreat in the redwoods of the Mendocino coast. This beautiful holiday album will be available at the shows.
Guest vocalist Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate, and instantly recognizable. Part of a vibrant new generation of American folk singers, Christa deftly marries intuitive musicianship and storytelling through song. To balance the gentle beauty of Christa’s songs, the Irish dancers will bring a percussive, joyful, and colorful exuberance to the stage.
As always, this 11th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend.
Felton, Dec 1
Carmichael, Dec 2
Sutter Creek, Dec 3
Pacific Grove, Dec 4
Ft. Bragg, Dec 8
San Jose, Dec 9
Ridgefield, Dec 10
Corvallis, Dec 11
Los Osos, Dec 16
San Diego, Dec 17
Tehachapi, Dec 18
In these upcoming appearances, John Weed (fiddle) and Stuart Mason (guitar, mandola, banjo) will be performing traditional Appalachian, blues, and Celtic music that digs deep into the roots of bluegrass music. Long before the time of Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley and the Carter Family, rural Americans were singing and fiddling the ballads and dance tunes of Britain and Ireland, as well as the sentimental and comedy hits of the wildly popular minstrel shows. These sources provided a well of material that later formed the basis of the bluegrass repertoire.
John and Stuart have been working up a batch of new tunes and songs for a new album project–their first recording as a duo. So far, material for the project ranges from early American ballads and songs newly composed by their peers to beautiful melodies with Celtic and Nordic roots. They will remain true to their love of American old timey music and Irish trad while expanding the repertoire with tunes and songs that reflect their life long love of traditional music from all eras and all regions. The audience can expect a few surprises along with some familiar favorites, and maybe even a singalong or a humorous party piece dating back to the minstrel era. Along with brand new pieces, these concerts will showcase material from the new Molly’s revenge album “Lift” as well as songs from the lively repertoire of Molly’s Revenge, Little Black Train and from Stuart’s two solo albums.
We hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows!
Friday Sept. 16
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
SLO House Concerts
San Luis Obispo, CA
$20 Suggested Donation
Sept. 17, 2016 @ 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Slow & Easy Workshops on Irish Fiddle & Guitar
Don’s String Shop, 1030 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA
Stuart Mason will teach guitar at 9:00 AM
John Weed will teach fiddle at 10:30 PM.
Cost: $20 for each workshop.
Reservations not required.
Call 805-439-4017 or 805-215-0306 http://slowandeasy.info http://donsstringshop.com
Thursday Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
Cherry Center for the Arts
4th and Guadalupe
Carmel, CA 93921
Tickets $20 on Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
Info: (831) 624-7491 (Robert Reese) firstname.lastname@example.org http://carlcherrycenter.org
Friday Sept. 23
Private Event, Pebble Beach CA
Saturday Sept. 24 at 7:00 PM
Ireland to Appalachia in Music
Historic Hesperia Hall
51602 Bryson-Hesperia Road
Bradley, CA 93426
$10-20 Suggested Donation
Sept. 25 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Contra Dance with Christa Burch
Caller: Jean Gorrindo
Band: Mason, Weed & Burch
Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
New dancer orientation: one-half hour before dance time.
SBCDS Members, $2 discount; Teens and students to 24, $5 admission; 12 and under, free. LEARN MORE
Oct. 1-2 2016 Times TBA
KVMR Celtic Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
With Molly’s Revenge and Mason-Weed http://kvmrcelticfestival.org/
Oct. 28 2016 8:00 PM
Mason & Weed
House Concert & Workshops
Mountain View, CA
Irish style guitar workshop: 3:15 – 4:45
Irish fiddle workshop : 5-6:30
Concert: suggested donation of $15-20
Workshops: sugg. donation of $25-35
Oct. 29, 2016
Mason & Weed in Concert
Fort Bragg Grange #672
26500 N. HWY 1, Fort Bragg, CA
Tribute! Celebrate the folk songs of Woody Guthrie
1351 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-8300 Price: Free!
Songwriters At Play invites you to celebrate the musical legacy of folk legend Woody Guthrie. Sing along to This Land is Your Land, Do Re Mi, Pastures of Plenty, So Long It’s Been Good to Know Ya, and many others. Performers include Rob Kimball, Lost Hills, BanjerDan, Stuart Mason, Patrick O’Hara, Kate Bennett, Dan Daniel, Dennis Russell. Your host Steve Key kicks it off at 6:30.
Songwriters At Play is held Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm at the Shell Cafe, 1351 Price Street, Pismo Beach, (805) 773-8300. All ages OK — full dinner menu available, plus beer, wine, desserts. No cover charge, but a tip bucket is passed around for our performers. Our Thursday showcase is a co-production with Madeline Royal of Love Live Music.
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Friday at 7 PM – 10 PM
Elks 322, 222 Elks Ln, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Full dinner at 6 PM including the traditional Cook Your Own Steak! Options include chicken, salmon, NY steak, and ribeye steak dinners for $10-24. For details call (805) 543-0322.
The Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Show is a loose confederation of pickers and sawyers from several Central Coast bands. This show will include Gary Arcemont (fiddle/banjo), Jerry James (banjo/bass), James Moore (guitar/mandolin) and Stuart Mason (mandola/guitar). They call it old-time music, but the repertoire spans original songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, early bluegrass, country blues, and even Irish tunes.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Sculpterra Winery – 6-8pm
5015 Linne Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 Price: Free!
New monthly concert series at Sculpterra! It’s called Wine-Down Wednesdays, every 2nd Wednesday 6-8pm, April-September. August 10 features local favorite Bear Market Riot. Special guest Stuart Mason (of Molly’s Revenge, and Little Black Train) will open the show.
Bear Market Riot is Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil, who blend everything from Americana to hip-hop into an infectious sound. Both are writers, singers, and guitarists, adding the wail of blues harmonica and the thump of an suitcase kick drum to keep heads bobbing. Nick is an Ohio native who played all over the country on the college circuit, and did a two year residency at Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant on the Strip of Las Vegas, playing five nights a week. Kirk grew up in the Seattle area, moved to the Central Coast in 2011, met Nick at a Songwriters At Play Paul Simon tribute. Their band name comes from their weekly jams at the Farmers Market in Los Osos. http://www.bearmarketriot.com/
Tickets are $15 ($10 wine club members) available now at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. Food and wine will be available for purchase — including HALF OFF the price of selected bottles.
July 29-Aug. 5
Lark Camp, Mendocino, CA
Class: Old Ballads on DADGAD Guitar larkcamp.com
Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA
Bear Market Riot
with Stuart Mason Opening
Sculpterra Winery, Paso Robles, CA
6 PM songwritersatplay.com
Molly’s Revenge Tour:
Aug. 24 Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug. 25 House Concert, Bend, OR
Aug. 26 Pendleton Center for the Arts, OR
Aug. 27 Milton-Freewater, OR
Aug. 28 Secret Society, Portland, OR
Aug. 29 Cottonwood Performing Arts Center, CA mollysrevenge.com
Coming in September:
Mason-Weed Duo Tour
Molly’s Revenge at KVMR Celtic Fest, Grass Valley CA kvmrcelticfestival.org