Red Molly headed to Monadnock Region for folk-infused show
BY ROXANNE RUBELL
Special to the Union Leader | February 19. 2014 11:42PM
HEARING HARMONIES: Red Molly's “Light in the Sky” CD spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and was named Folk DJ's No. 3 Top Album of 2012. (Photo courtesy of Annabel Braithwaite)
Photo courtesy of Annabel Braithwaite HEARING HARMONIES: Red Molly’s “Light in the Sky” CD spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and was named Folk DJ’s No. 3 Top Album of 2012.
Since forming in 2004, Red Molly has been on a steady diet of writing, touring and performing. The original lineup included Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello. When Solebello stepped down three years ago, MacAllister and Gardner asked singer, songwriter and guitarist Molly Venter to join the band.
The trio's current tour promotes the band's fifth album, an as-of-yet-untitled work that includes a collection of eight original songs recorded last fall in Nashville.
In the Beginning
Red Molly was "born" 10 years ago at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, N.Y. MacAllister and Gardner were walking up a hill towards their campsite talking about their favorite musicians.
"We just clicked," Venter said. "We have great chemistry."
"I need significant alone time to be creative," Venter said. "I heard someone say it's like fishing: You can sit around all day with a line and a hook and not catch anything, but then the only way to catch a fish is to sit around with a line and a hook. You have to make time for your art and show up on a regular basis."
"They always fill our room and draw in all age groups," she said. "These days everyone has their own opinions and definition of what constitutes folk music. Red Molly is the complete package — all very accomplished musicians with an amazing stage presence that gives them a special rapport with their audience."
Saturday's show at the Peterborough Players on Hadley Road starts at 8 p.m. and also will feature Marc Douglas Berardo.