14th Annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration

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Once again in 2019, Molly’s Revenge with guest vocalist Amelia Hogan and Irish dancers will present Winterdance, 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.

The core of the Winterdance show is the dynamic Celtic trio called Molly’s Revenge. The band recently released their 14th album titled The Lucky Set. This year they will be joined by guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, who sang with the show last year, along with the Murray Irish dancers from Portland and the Turco Irish Dancers from the Bay Area. As always, this 14th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend.

Molly’s Revenge is comprised of a trio of Californians who have dedicated their lives to Celtic music. David Brewer has been playing whistle, bodhran, and four types of bagpipes for over 20 years. He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of playing has earned him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 25 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He attended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. In recent years his fiddling has grown to include American, Quebecois, and Swedish fiddle styles.

Guitarist Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 40 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, Nordic, old-time, and his own compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.

Guest vocalist Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the banshee wails and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are the hallmarks of Amelia’s music.


August Shows

Thursday August 8  6:30-8:30 PM
SLO County Stumblers
Halfway Station, 15050 Morro Rd, Atascadero CA

Fri Aug 9, 7-10 PM
Mason & Weed Duo
Libertine Pub, Morro Bay CA

Sat Aug 10 – 6:30 PM
Mason & Weed Duo with Jacqui Brennan Calling
Monthly Contra Dance
San Luis Obispo CA
SLO Country Dance Society

Sun Aug 11 – 6:30 PM
Mason & Weed Duo with Jacqui Brennan Calling
Weekly Contra Dance at Castillo Ballroom
100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Country Dance Society



Thursday, Aug 15th 7:30 PM
New World String Project
Michael’s On Main, Soquel CA
Advance $16, Door $18
Member discount $2
Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Tickets: https://www.celticsociety.org/

Friday, August 16th
New World String Project
Cambria, CA, 7:30 PM
Panted Sky Studios
Tickets: Call 805-927-8330
Email: paintedskystudios@yahoo.com
Web: http://paintedskystudios.com

Saturday, August 17th
New World String Project
San Luis Obispo, CA
Two House Concert shows 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Tickets: http://slo-houseconcerts.com

Sunday, August 18th
New World String Project
Los Gatos, CA, 3:00 PM
Concert on the Mountain
Reservations: pippasiersema@yahoo.com

Monday, August 19th
New World String Project
Los Olivos, CA, 7:00 PM
St. Marks Church, (Solvang area)

Fri Aug 30
Mason & Weed Duo
Tin City Cider, Templeton CA

Sat Aug 31
Mason & Weed Duo
Private Event