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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

 

 

 

WINTERDANCE 12th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration 

 

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 12th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration will capture the traditional spirit of the season and warm the hearts of all who attend. 

Mollys in 2017 

As in the past, the three of us will be busy in 2017 with Molly's Revenge as well as our various other musical projects. Keep an eye on our SHOWS page and make sure you're signed up to receive our periodic email newsletters (on this page). This year we have festivals scheduled around the West, as well as music camps and tours to our favorite venues--and of course, our annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration in December with singer Christa Burch and Irish dancers. David will be out and about with his Scottish trio The Fire. John and Stu have tours booked with singer Colleen Raney, who recently returned home from a nationwide your with Irish-American supergroup Solas. John and Stu will be doing shows to support the release in May of their new duo album Across the Pond. For more info, please visit these websites:

• The Fire Scottish Band
• Mason & Weed: Across the Pond
• Story Road



The Return of March Madness 


Our annual celebration of Saint Patrick and Irish traditional music returns!

Fri, Mar 3 San Luis Obispo CA 
Sat, Mar 4 Fremont CA 
Fri, Mar 10 Roseville CA 
Sat, Mar 11 Chico CA 
Sun, Mar 12 Sonora CA 
Thu, Mar 16 San Luis Obispo, CA 
Fri, Mar 17 Felton CA 
Sat, Mar 18 Pacifica CA 
Sun, Mar 19 Pacific Grove, CA 

Details on our SHOWS CALENDAR.

The Return of Winterdance! 



PRESS RELEASE 

Who: Molly's Revenge with Christa Burch and Irish Dancers 
What: Winterdance: 11th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration 
Where: California, Oregon, and Washington
When: DETAILS HERE

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. 

Molly's Revenge 
theband@mollysrevenge.com 
http://mollysrevenge.com

TOUR DETAILS HERE