For the past 16 years, local ensemble Mollyâ€™s Revenge has brought upbeat traditional Irish music to local and national audiences. David Brewer, the only original member of the lineup, says of the group that it â€œblasts high-energy Celtic dance music in a really lively and entertaining way. Itâ€™s a very action-packed show.â€ Canâ€™t argue with that.
On Dec. 1, however, Mollyâ€™s Revenge will show a different side of their music with their holiday Winterdance show. It will feature traditional Irish dancers, and L.A. vocalist Christa Burch will be providing guest vocals.
â€œThe Winterdance show is much more sculpted with highs and lowsâ€”everything from really delicate stuff to fast and lively, like people are used to seeing,â€ Brewer says.
The idea is to bring to Santa Cruz a little slice of how folks celebrate Christmas in Ireland, where a winderdance like this is an informal gathering. A lot of the songs that Mollyâ€™s Revenge will be playing will be familiar to Irish audiences, but less so to American ones.
â€œItâ€™s all very different from what we usually do as Mollyâ€™s Revenge. Itâ€™s much more of a show than a concert, I guess you could say,â€ Brewer says. â€œThe biggest thing that people respond to is they see how much fun weâ€™re having. People get absorbed into that joyous effect that it brings. And thatâ€™s really our goal. So the traditional stuff is our vessel to do that.â€
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Don Quixoteâ€™s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $17/adv, $20/door. 335-2800.