THE new 2011 Season at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose opens next Tuesday (January 18) when the guests are Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore.
Mollie and Rich are in Scotland this month in order to appear at the Celtic Connections festival which runs in Glasgow throughout the second half of January each year. Their appearance at Montrose Folk Club is an opportunity for lovers of popular music in Angus to sample a little of the Celtic Connections experience, almost in their own living-room.
Mollie and Rich are two national American musical treasures. Combing blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental licks, they are a constant source of joy and inspiration.
Mollie O’Brien is well known as a result of many collaborations with her brother, Tim O’Brien. In the eighties and nineties, Mollie and Tim released three acclaimed albums of Americana music on Sugar Hill Records.
Later, Mollie shared a Grammy (the American musical equivalent of the Oscars) with a stellar bunch of bluegrass collaborators on True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Munroe. She has also sung on numerous occasions on the famous radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, especially with host, Garrison Keillor, Robin and Linda Williams, as the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
In her own right, Mollie has a fantastic voice. She is equally comfortable singing songs from every part of the American musical canon, whether it is Jazz, R n B, Blues, Gospel, or southern Mountain Traditional.
The most recent CD released by Mollie and Rich as a duo is entitled “Saints & Sinners”, after the classic David Francey title song. It features blues, vintage roots covers and gorgeous ballads.
Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday to start the new season with a night of great music from a duo who have been described by US Roots legend, Dave Alvin as “truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital.” The doors open at 7.30pm with Mollie and Rich on stage at 8pm.