My dear friends of Celtic Music Night at Saint Andrew, I do beseech you to read this.
Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed being the host of this wonderful event and seeing you all every week as our wee community of Celtic Music lovers has grown and flourished… And as we are about to kick off another new year, I am writing this newsletter with feelings of excitement and bittersweet sadness. This announcement may seem like a bit of a shock to some of you, though it has been in the works behind the scenes for a wee while now– I have decided to relocate to the East Coast. I have come to this point in my life and musical career where I feel it is time to follow leads, dreams, and collaborations that have been calling me in that direction…and I am very excited about the opportunities awaiting me there, and as of this February I will be gone. This is however, a big step toward “expanding,” not “trading spaces”– because I love the West Coast so much and I would miss you all so terribly, I will be touring back through the West through the coming summer months and through the winter holidays…more on that below… but I hope that as fans, friends, & family you all will continue your kind support of my endeavors into the future… THANK YOU! And of course, I think we all, but especially me, owe a huge thanks to St Andrew Church for being such wonderful hosts to us, and supporters of the tradition… THANK YOU! This is the beginning of a new chapter of a very cool book– not the end by any means…and with a bit of luck and your support, there will be more Celtic Music Nights down the road.
With that, I am very excited to announce the FINAL Celtic Music Night Series (for now..) — The Late Winter Series… Starting this Tuesday!!!
This week, Tuesday January 3rd, 7pm, David Brewer– bagpipe & whistle music, and retrospective look back over a decade of Molly’s Revenge history…A Farewell to Pete Haworth. As you probably know, Pete (aka “the Admiral“) Haworth is retiring from Molly’s Revenge– the band he and I co-founded eleven years ago. There will be an official farewell concert for Pete on Wednesday, January 4th at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz (visit www.mollysrevenge.com for tickets & more info.) and will be his last performance with the band– the last performance of the original Molly’s Revenge. Myself, fiddler John Weed, and guitarist Stu Mason will be continuing on touring at festivals this summer as the Molly’s Revenge trio with a cast of special guest performers. Intermixed through one of my last solo presentation here on the West Coast, at this Music Night I will be glancing back at the history of the now well-known band’s history with stories and little known facts… Of course we will follow the presentation with free refreshments and an open Celtic Music Jam session! Hope you can make it! Your support for the coming great voyage across the nation in the form of attendance, donations, cd purchases, volunteering to help me, leads or contacts for gigs and people to visit or stay with are much appreciated!!! All David Brewer Turning Pages and Living Tradition cds on sale for $10 through January at Celtic Music Night!
Tuesday, January 10th, 7pm Glenfiddich fiddle champion, Rebecca Lomnicky, with David Brewer! Just as Celtic Music Night began all those years ago with her as our first official featured guest, Rebecca Lomnicky returns to perform as the final official guest of this amazing run of music! This is sure to be a wonderful night of Scottish fiddle and pipe music for you to enjoy, and it is our hope that you will come and fill up with enough tunes to last you until we return to tour as a duo this summer! Rebecca will be performing solo Scottish fiddle tunes from her title winning performance at Blair Castle, as well as from her album The Call, and together we will be performing music from Turning Pages and Inspired, as well as other new tunes. Of course we will follow the presentation with free refreshments and an open Celtic Music Jam session, and if you are interested in a fiddle lesson with Rebecca, let me know because that just might be a possibility! Hope to see you there!
And Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm — THE END. Final Celtic Music Night Farwell party, silent auction of unique memorabilia, and jam!I really hope to see you all here for a casual night raising the parting glass with stories, songs, and cheer until we meet again… Of course there will be free refreshments and an open Celtic Music Jam session! …but until then, that’s all she wrote… …for now… 😉
But, a glimpse of the future is promising… coming soon, news about **Celtic Music Night Series recordings released & available for purchase (pending negotiations with artists, and portions of proceeds going to artists, Music Night fund, and St Andrew Church deacons fund)! **David Brewer Music Lessons anytime, anyplace via Skype online! **summer lessons and workshops and Celtic Music Nights! **Molly’s Revenge at Woodland Scottish Games April 28th & Topanga Fiddle Contest May 20th! **Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer, and surprise guest at Santa Cruz Scottish Renaissance Festival June 16th! Much more to come…keep you posted!!!
CMN’s Late Winter Season STARTS THIS TUESDAY NIGHT, January 3rd, at 7pm… This will be the last Celtic Music Night “Series,” so I sure hope to see you there!
And all of the amazing Celtic events put on in the area by our wonderful partners who help make Music Night a success:
The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay: http://www.celticsociety.org/
The Loch Lomond Celtic Society: http://www.lochlomondceltic.org/
The Community Music School of Santa Cruz: http://communitymusicschool.org/
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church: http://standrew-aptos.org/
Thank you all so much for your kind support and friendship over these last few years– truly.
Looking forward to seeing you all TUESDAY NIGHT! Much love y’all 🙂