on Folk & Beyond
Thursday, March 21, 2013
4-6 pm (est)
The internationally renowned ballad singer and musician Molly Andrews will visit Folk & Beyond on Thursday, March 21. Not only will Molly perform live, but she will also guest deejay, sharing some of her own favorite recordings with the listeners. The following night, March 22, Molly will be performing for the Downtown Charlottesville Concert Series.
Molly Andrews is recognized as one of the finest interpreters of southern Appalachian music and varied genres, bringing directness and intensity to everything she sings. Born the granddaughter of coal miners in Bluefield, WV, her lineage trails deep into pre-revolutionary southwest Virginia, the 'lost province' of Ashe County, North Carolina, and is rooted in documented medieval descendancy of the British Isles and Europe; hence a natural affinity for the old songs. She employs intuition and versatility as traditional acapella and interpretive singer, multi-instrumentalist and songsmith, for the edification of all concerned.
Molly has performed extensively on stages great and small across the US and abroad, from venues as diverse as Oxfords' Holywell Music Room to CBGB in New York, with artists ranging from Mike Seeger to John Zorn. First working in musical theatre in 1995 at Arts at St. Anns in NYC, roles have followed in Equity houses across the country. Molly is a recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for her original role in Randy Myler & Dan Wheetmans' 'Fire On the Mountain' at Northlight. She's a blue ribbon ballad winner at the Johnson County Fiddlers Convention in Laurel Bloomery, TN. Nominations include The Virginia Governors Award for the Arts, Washington Area Music Awards, Denver Post Ovation Awards.
In the last decade Molly has been a member of the historically informed, multicultural crossover quartet Hesperus, with founding members Tina Chancey, Bruce Hutton, and the late Scott Reiss, and Zan McCleod. She has worked with and enjoyed collaborations with various artists, including Duck Baker, Melissa Dunning, Frank Harte, Mississippi Charles Bevel, Dan Wheetman, Tony Marcus, Ed Snodderly, Doug Dorschug, Adale O'Brien, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Margaret Bowman, R. Stevie Moore, Mike Seeger, Larry Gordon, Elizabeth Thompson, The Bayley-Hazen Singers, Malcolm Dalglish, The Vanaver Caravan, Greg Cohen, Amy Trompetter, St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Vassar Chamber Choir, and others.
Molly is currently performing as a solo artist, working on repertoire and recording projects, and moving back home to the mountains she dearly loves.