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14th Annual Winterdance Tour Dates 

Sat November 30: San Jose, CA 
Fri December 6: Sacramento, CA 
Sat December 7: Sutter Creek, CA 
Sun December 8: Santa Cruz, CA 
Thur December 12: Lincoln City, OR 
Fri December 13: Roseburg, OR 
Sat December 14: Corvallis, OR 
Sun December 15: Ridgefield, WA 
Wed, December 18: Los Osos, CA 
Thur December 19: Monterey, CA 
Fri December 20: Pasadena, CA 
Sat December 21: San Diego, CA 
Sun December 22: Tehachapi, CA 

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. From New York to Vancouver, and from San Francisco to Dublin, she brings haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling. In her words: 

"I was born in the state of California in the United States of America—known the world over as the land of Opportunity. By birth, I was fortunate enough to have been raised in a country of abundance and dreams. However, my story really begins with my ancestors in Ireland, Scotland and Britain more than a hundred years ago.  

"I'll sing the songs of their old ways, to remind you of where we come from. This is a story of hope, survival, and victory. Our Winterdance show reminds all of us of the light and laughter that can be found even in the darkest time of year."

Quotes

"You won't find a more energetic show around. They get the crowd on their feet. The audience has come back year after year and really enjoys them. We do too." -- Wayne Brask, Concert Organizer 

"Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family. 

"They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas. 

"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA). 

"There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.

New Album "The Lucky Set" 

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It's done! Our 14th full-length album was released to the world on June 1. Titled The Lucky Set, it includes authentic Celtic tunes, both new and traditional, from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Britain, Cape Breton, America, and even Japan. With 13 albums already in the can, the band was able to fund The Lucky Set without any fan fundraising this time. As before, we continue our custom of mixing up rocking Scottish pipe sets with lively irish jigs and reels and beautiful slow pieces. As we did on Lift, we included a composition from English hurdy-gurdy guru Cliff Stapleton, but this time played on Highland bagpipes. Our first 7/8 tune is here as well, composed by Irish banjo star Damien O'Kane. Again we honored our musical heroes Gordon Duncan and Jerry Holland with rocking sets composed by these mighty players. And we found some new sources of inspiration as well: A brand new jig composed by our fiddler's son Tyler, Breton tunes from the repertoire of flautist John Skelton, and a new tune from the pen of our Japanese friend, Hirofumi Nakamura

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 7-12 - Mason & Weed at Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp 
July 15-19 - David Brewer at MAT Camp, Evanston, WY 
July 29-Aug 3 - Mason & Weed at Lark Camp, Mendocino CA 
Sept 27-29 - Molly's Revenge with Christa Burch at KVMR Celtic Festival, Grass Valley CA 
Oct 17-20 - Molly's Revenge at Galway Bay Celtic Feis, Ocean Shores, WA

Big News for Summer 2019 

We have wrapped up recording sessions for our 13th full-length album and the audio is now in Germany being mixed and mastered by our Bavarian specialist, Juergen Treys. We will be playing a limited number of CD release shows this summer. Check out our summer camps as well. We love sharing our music and jamming with our friends until the wee hours!

May 24-27 - Molly's Revenge at Redwood Music Camp, Boulder Creek CA
Thu May 30 - Album Release Show at Michaels on Main, Soquel CA 
Fri May 31 - Album Release Show at St James Church, Monterey CA 
Sat June 1 - Album Release Show at Red Barn Community Music Series, Los Osos CA
June 7-9 - Molly's Revenge at Utah Scottish Games, Salt Lake City
July 7-12 - Mason & Weed at Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp
July 15-19 - David Brewer at MAT Camp, Evanston, WY
July 29-Aug 3 - Mason & Weed at Lark Camp, Mendocino CA
Sept 27-29 - Molly's Revenge with Christa Burch at KVMR Celtic Festival, Grass Valley CA
Oct 17-20 - Molly's Revenge at Galway Bay Celtic Feis, Ocean Shores, WA

 

 

March Madness Returns 

Molly's Revenge Announces Their 18th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Tour

March 1, 2019 
SLO House Concerts 
Two shows, Invitation only. 
https://slo-houseconcerts.com/ 

March 2, 2019 at 7 PM 
Fremont Coffee Roasting 
http://fremontcoffee.com/ 
http://www.braskhouseconcerts.com/ 

March 9, 2019 
Private Event

March 10, 2019  3 PM
St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
65500 Jolon Rd, Jolon, CA 93928 
$15-20 suggested donation 
Kids 14 and under free 
Contact blueoak3@gmail.com

March 16, 2019 7:30 PM 
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers 
Sunnyvale Theatre Evenings of Cultural Arts Series 
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 
TIX: brownpapertickets.com
408-730-7350

Sun, Mar 17th 2019, 2:00PM  
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers 
St Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church 
Pacific Grove 
https://www.celticsociety.org/ 

Sun, Mar 17th 2019 8:30 PM 
Party for Paddy with Irish dancers 
Flynns Cabaret, Felton, CA 
http://flynnscabaret.com/

 

13th Annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration  

Again in 2018, Molly's Revenge with special guest vocalists 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. This year they will be joined by guest vocalists Christa Burch and Amelia Hogan, along with Irish dancers.  As always, this 13th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend. 

About the Band 

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 20 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, old-time, bluegrass, 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 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. 

Guest vocalist Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk ballads 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 what you’ll find with Amelia’s music. 
 

First two weekends will feature Christa Burch, and the last two (after 12/13) will feature Amelia Hogan. 

If you've ever seen the Winterdance show, you know how dynamic and compelling the songs of Christa Burch can be. We are looking forward to all this and more from our new vocalist this year. 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 beansidhe (banshee) cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are what you’ll find with Amelia’s music. In her words: 

"I was born in the state of California in the United States of America—known the world over as The Land of Opportunity. By birth, I was fortunate enough to have been raised in a country of abundance and dreams. However, my story really begins with my ancestors in Ireland, Scotland and Britain more than a hundred years ago. Their languages and cultures were threatened by hardship and politics. They left their homes out of desperation—in search of a better future for themselves and their children. They left their families, their friends and all they knew in hopes of finding a better future in this new place. 

"With them they brought the stories, songs, dances and customs that might sustain them, body and mind, through long voyages, poverty, loneliness, lack of hope and the world they came to move through. In America, for many, there did not find much of the opportunity and possibility they had believed they would. They often found themselves in similar straits to the ones they’d left behind. 

"I’ll sing to you of the songs of their old ways, their new circumstances and to remind you of where we come from. This is an Irish-American story, and it’s all of ours. Who would speak their story now that they’re gone? It’s ours to tell so that no one forgets what our ancestors worked so hard to afford us. My third album, Transplants: From the Old World to the New, is a solo-directed but collaborative effort produced at El Mundo Bueno Studios. This album features the accompaniment of several leading instrumental talents including Ray Frank, ANANTA, Winter, Deirdre McCarthy, Paddy Keenan and Vince Wolf." 

 

Summer Time, and the Living Is Easy 

What's up with Molly's Revenge?

While it's true that all three of us are now involved with exciting new musical projects, Molly's Revenge ain't going away. We will continue to play at all of our favorite festivals and venues throughout the year, and of course we will present our annual holiday tour in December and St. Patrick's tour in March. Best of all -- we have begun the process of planning a new album! 

That said, we do have some upcoming appearances of our OTHER bands to share with you as well, and here's a complete list. You can see all the juicy details on our respective websites. We hope to see you out and about as we burn up the road! --John, David, and Stu of Molly's Revenge 

 

It's Camp Time!
June 18-23: Teen Camp, Watsonville, CA (David and John) 
July 8-13: Fiddle Tunes Camp, Wallowa OR (John and Stu) 
July 27-Aug. 3: Lark Camp, Mendocino CA (John and Stu) 

The Fire (with David Brewer) 
Details: firescottishband.com 

April 28-29: Woodland, CA 
May 25-28: Boulder Creek, CA  (Redwood Music Camp) 
June 30: Palmer, AK 
July 4: Talkeetna, AK 
July 7: Homer, AK 
July 13-14: Payson, UT Summer 
July 22: Corvallis, OR 
July 28-29: Enumclaw, WA 
Aug 1-10: East Coast Tour 
Aug 17-19: Winston, OR 

New World String Project (with John Weed and Stuart Mason) 
Details: newworldstringproject.com 


July 20: Lincoln City OR 
July 21: Ridgefield WA 
July 22: Monroe OR 
Aug 12: Eugene, OR 
Aug 18: Anaheim, CA 
Aug 19: Thousand Oaks CA 
Aug 20: Bakersfield, CA 
Aug 22: Monte Vista CA 
Aug 24: San Diego, CA 
Aug 25: Pasadena, CA 
Aug 26: Santa Paula CA

Mason & Weed

Please visit stuartmasonmusic.com

Spring 2018 News 

What's up with Molly's Revenge? While it's true that all three of us are now involved with exciting new musical projects, Molly's Revenge sure ain't going away. We will continue to play at all of our favorite festivals and venues throughout the year, and of course we will present our annual holiday tour in December and St. Patrick's tour in March. Best of all--we have begun the process of planning a new album! 

That said, we do have some upcoming appearances of our OTHER bands to share with you as well, and here's a complete list. You can see all the juicy details on our respective websites. We hope to see you out and about as we burn up the road! --John, David, and Stu of Molly's Revenge

Molly's Revenge 
Details on SHOWS page.

May 25-28: Boulder Creek, CA (Redwood Music Camp) 
June 3: Cambria, CA 
June 8-9: Salt Lake City, UT 
June 18-23: Teen Camp, Watsonville, CA (David and John) 
July 8-13: Fiddle Tunes Camp, Wallowa OR (John and Stu) 
July 27-Aug. 3: Lark Camp, Mendocino CA (John and Stu) 

The Fire (with David Brewer)
Details: thefirescottishband.com 

April 28-29: Woodland, CA 
May 25-28: Boulder Creek, CA  (Redwood Music Camp) 
June 30: Palmer, AK 
July 4: Talkeetna, AK 
July 7: Homer, AK 
July 13-14: Payson, UT 
July 17: Pendleton, OR 
July 21: Portland, OR 
July 22: Corvallis, OR 
July 28-29: Enumclaw, WA 
Aug 1-10: East Coast Tour 
Aug 17-19: Winston, OR 

New World String Project (with John Weed and Stuart Mason)
Details: newworldstringproject.com 

May 5: Los Osos, CA 
May 6: Pacific Grove, CA 
May 7: Aptos, CA 
May 9: Santa Clara, CA 
May 10: San Francisco and Berkeley, CA 
May 11: Chico, CA 
May 12: Carson City, NV 
May 13: San Francisco 
July 20: Lincoln City OR 
July 21: Ridgefield WA 
July 22: Monroe OR 
Aug 12: Eugene, OR 
Aug 18: Anaheim, CA 
Aug 19: Thousand Oaks CA 
Aug 20: Bakersfield, CA 
Aug 22: Monte Vista CA 
Aug 24: San Diego, CA 
Aug 25: Pasadena, CA 
Aug 26: Santa Paula CA

Upcoming Appearances 

For details, please visit our SHOWS page.

April 13: Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland OR 
April 14: 2nd Saturday Community Concerts, Tualatin, OR 
April 15: Cedar House Concerts, Monroe, OR 

May 25-28: Redwood Music Camp, Boulder Creek CA 

June 3: Cambria Unplugged, Cambria CA 

June 8-9: Utah Scottish Games, Salt Lake City

Our other bands:

The Fire

New World String Project

March Madness 2018 

To the three members of Celtic band Molly's Revenge, "March Madness" means something other than basketball playoffs. Indeed, for all players of traditional Irish music, the month of March means making hay while the sun shines, for March 17 is the date when Irish people all around the world love to celebrate the venerable Saint Patrick. And since they can't be everywhere on one day, Molly's Revenge will once again be crisscrossong the West Coast for much of the month. Hence the nickname of their annual tour: March Madness. 

The California-based folk combo will also celebrate their own longevity in March, as their first gig happened on a fateful St. Patrick's Day some 18 years ago. Piper David Brewer is the only original band member, but fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason joined up after the first couple years. Front man David Brewer, also known as the "hyper piper," leads the charge with an authentic and unique style of playing that has earned him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.  

Complete tour schedule here: MARCH MADNESS TOUR

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. 

Welcome to 2018! 

First off--our deepest thanks to all who came out in December to our annual Winterdance shows. With sold out venues and standing ovations, you warmed our hearts, and together we shook off the cold dampness of the dark season. Our fans are the BEST, and you are all part of our extended trad-music family. Happy New Year!

Looking forward, we hope to see you all again in 2018. In that regard, here is just a taste of some of the places we'll be appearing in the first part of 2018. Details will be added to our web calendar and emailed to our list as they solidify. Cheers!

San Luis Obispo, CA 
Fremont, CA 
Arcata, CA 
Pistol River, OR 
Pacifica, CA 
Pacific Grove, CA 
Felton, CA 
Sacramento, CA 
Chico, CA 
Ashland, OR 
Tualatin, OR 
Monroe, OR 
Salt Lake City, UT