New World String Project in 2020


2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for one of my three bands: The New World String Project. January found us in the studio on a farm near Corvallis to record our first album of Nordic, Celtic, and American folk tunes. We spent a creative week of 12-hour days cozied up to the wood stove as cold rain washed away the remnants of 2019. Right now, Aryeh is cleaning up our first round of rough mixes and we’re all enjoying our first listen to the tracks we recorded. Here’s a first look at our tour dates for the upcoming year. Details:

Friday February 7
Fort Bragg, CA
Oak & Thorn Presents
Gloriana Musical Theater at Eagles Hall
Fort Bragg, CA

Saturday February 8
Gilroy, CA
Barn Concert

Sunday February 9 (2 shows)
1. Woodside – Filoli Gardens Ballroom Cultural Series
2. Menlo Park, CA – House Concert


April 16: OR – Bend – House Concert
April 17: ID – Boise – Barn Concert
April 18: ID – Twin Falls – First Presbyterian Church
April 20: MT – Bozeman Folklore Society
April 21: MT – Helena – St. Pauls United Methodist Church
April 22: MT – Missoula Folklore Society
April 23: WA – Spokane – Artists in the Dahmen
April 24: WA – Pendleton Art Center
April 25: WA – Ridgefield – Liberty Theater
April 26: WA – Olympia – Traditions Cafe

Saturday August 15: Dusty Strings – Seattle
Sunday August 16: Quimper Grange in Port Townsend WA
Monday August 17: Unity Church in Port Angeles WA
Tuesday August 18: House Concert in Bellingham WA
Wednesday August 19: House Concert in Anacortes WA
Thursday August 20: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts WA
Friday August 21: Artichoke Music – Portland OR
Saturday: August 22: Hayloft Barn – Salem OR
Sunday: August 23: House Concert – Springfield OR

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.