New World String Project will be reviving a cherished holiday tradition this year. The well known Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration will return, with members of Molly’s Revenge and returning champion Irish dancers Marisa Gilman and Cameron Carlson-Riddle. This year’s music will include Celtic seasonal favorites from previous years, as well as new music with a decidedly Nordic twist. Attendees will enjoy virtuosic performances on exotic instruments like nyckelharpa, cittern, Celtic harp, and cajon, as well as fiddle, guitar, and octave mandolin.
The core of the Winterdance show is New World String Project, comprised of four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists that have joined forces to create an exciting tapestry of traditional music. Band members Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter have played Swedish, Celtic and original tunes for many years together, while John Weed and Stuart Mason are known as long-time members of the legendary Molly’s Revenge. Before the pandemic, the quartet honed their chops and found their voice as a band by touring up and down the West Coast, where audiences were enchanted by their rare instruments and masterful skills. The result is something new and uniquely their own–a sound rooted in the older traditions of Scandinavia, Appalachia, and the Celtic lands, yet shimmering with modern influences as well.
Saturday Dec. 18 – St Mary’s Church, Pacific Grove CA
TWO SHOWS at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Proof of Covid vaccination will be required at the door. Masks required. Requirements may change.
Tickets available at www.celticsociety.org. Advance purchase tickets are $30 and $20 for kids 12 and under. Door price is $35 and $25 for kids 12 and under. Tickets make a great holiday gift! For further information, call or text 831-224-3819.
“(New World String Project) literally pranced through their hour-long program at St. Mary’s in Pacific Grove, displaying both calculated structure and unbridled abandon.” –Monterey County Weekly (CA)
“Our audience certainly enjoyed your performance… You exceeded everyone’s expectations and introduced many of them to a completely new style and sound, which is a rare gift.” –Tim Bray, Oak & Thorn Productions
“Their show was fabulous, well attended, and full of peaceful, humorous, positive, enlivening energy. They took us all somewhere sublime!” — anonymous fan