The Pistol River Concert Association presents the New World String Project at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Pistol River Friendship Hall, 24252 Carpenterville Road.
The New World String Project melds two music duos: John Weed and Stuart Mason of the Celtic and Appalachian folk group Molly’s Revenge, and Windham Hills string specialists Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.
Weed is classically trained on the Irish fiddle and has become a master of the instrument after 20 years of performances. He lived for a while in Ireland, studying with some of the greats and gaining on-the-job experiences playing and teaching fiddle workshops.
Guitarist and mandola player Mason has been playing traditional tunes for more than 40 years. In addition to his Celtic and bluegrass performances, he has written award winning original compositions, and taught classes and workshops in traditional musical techniques.
Lynne got hooked on stringed instruments early in life. Starting with a guitar in the third grade, she moved on in her teens to playing bass in an all women heavy metal band. Over time, she discovered the mandolin, bouzouki and her current favorite the Celtic harp. Her compositions and performances have been heard on dozens of recordings and soundtracks.
Frankfurter also caught the music bug early, starting classical violin training at age 3. He has mastered almost every stringed instrument imaginable over the course of his lifetime. His preferred instrument these days is the Swedish Nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle — a unique instrument in its look and sound.
Tickets for the show are $20 and are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and at Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 541-247-2848 or visiting www.pistolriver.com.