New World String Project brings modern and ancient folk to The Palms on Saturday, Nov. 17

The New World String Project presents a lush blend of folk string instruments and heartwarming and stirring music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. The new quartet is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki).
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Performing as the New World String Project, Stuart Mason (guitar, vocals), Lisa Lynne (cittern, Celtic harp), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp) and John Weed (fiddle) will bring folk string mastery to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23. Courtesy photo by Ryan Davidson

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The New World String Project presents a lush blend of folk string instruments and heartwarming and stirring music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. The new quartet is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki). NWSP will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 ($19 with student ID). Science tells us that cross-pollination can result in hybrid vigor and transcend the sum of its parts. Likewise, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. The quartet is made of four skilled multi-instrumentalists who usually play in two different duo acts who recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki and voice. Fiddler John Weed is a classically trained violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional fiddle styles. He lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He has honed his skills since, attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. With an affinity for American fiddle styles, John explores the connections between Irish, Scottish, and Swedish traditions. He is a member of the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States. Aryeh Frankfurter has performed internationally since 1994 His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, command of the unusual Swedish nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments, his recording and production credits, and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him acclaim. Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist who gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring the Celtic harp. She specializes in traditional acoustic folk instruments and composing melodies that transcend category and genre. She has released several recordings on the prestigious Windham Hill and New Earth Record labels, and runs her own label, Lavender Sky Music and plays in a duo with Frankfurter. Veteran artist Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest) and songwriting (West Coast Songwriter’s Association). With John Weed, he is a member of the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland as well the United States. Tickets for the New World String Project’s Nov. 17 show at The Palms are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and newworldstringproject.com. ]]>

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