Note Special Day: Friday,
March 16, 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 Patric. And since they cab’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 of 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.
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, mandolin 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.
David Brewer, Highland bagpipes, border pipes, uillean pipes, whistles, bodhran – He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. David has composed close to 200 traditional style tunes, many of which have appeared on recordings, independent films, and television.
John Weed: Fiddle, is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. He lived in Ireland, taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare, and annually attends the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.
Stuart Mason: Guitar, mandola – has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.
“Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands.” –Shay Black, of the legendary Black family