Photo contributed by Rick Ahern
Photo contributed by Pendleton Center for the Arts
A unique acoustic Celtic band is returning to Pendleton, offering audience members a heaping dose of infectious enthusiasm.
Molly’s Revenge has packed Pearson Auditorium at Pendleton Center for the Arts for its recent concert appearances. The dynamic Celtic band is highly revered as one of the most energetic, exciting and innovative bands on the West Coast, said Roberta Lavadour, executive director at the arts center.
The group will perform Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 541-278-9201. Early ticket purchases are highly recommended due to the group’s popularity.
The band’s classic combination of bagpipes, whistle and fiddle mixed with a backdrop of guitar, mandola and bodhran promises to appeal to Scottish and Irish music fans. In addition, their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels offer a driving hard-edged accent that leaves audiences asking for more. In addition, it provides a freshness that engages a broad base of fans.
“The instruments are traditional ... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern,” said a review in the Metro Santa Cruz.
Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the United States. In addition, they have brought audiences to their feet at prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.
Front man David Brewer plays highland bagpipes, border pipes, uillean pipes, whistles, and 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. He has composed nearly 200 traditional style tunes, with many appearing on recordings, independent films and TV.
John Weed is a classically trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 16 years ago. Living in Ireland about the same time, Weed taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He has studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot McLoughlin.
Stuart Mason, who rounds out the trio, has been collecting and performing traditional music for more than 30 years. He plays everything from Celtic and old time bluegrass to his own original compositions, which have garnered awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.
For more information about the local show, call 541-278-9201. For more about the band, visit www.mollysrevenge.com.
Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-564-4539