The New York female Americana trio Red Molly, a visionary blend of voices that redefine harmony singing with the power and physicality of folksong and a 2011 Sisters Folk Festival fan-favorite, will appear at the Winter Concert for the Sisters Folk Festival on March 8.
The group recently released its brand new CD, Light in the Sky. The last CD, James, was named #23 on the Americana Chart’s Top 100 Albums of 2010 and so far Light in the Sky is making good headway, debuting at #1 on Folk DJ charts and spending 15 weeks in the top 15 for Americana charts.
Once again, with the “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” that the Boston Globe praised, Red Molly creates an album with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly’s trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. The title sets the theme for the 14 tracks: optimism, joy, and excitement for the future.
From their 2004 start, the trio got attention with their lively, engaging stage performances. They moved quickly from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit in less than two years, winning notices for their performances at Merlefest, the Philadephia Folk Festival and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Last year, when founding member Carolann Solebello stepped down, Laurie MacAllister and Abbie Gardner asked Austin-based singer songwriter and guitarist Molly Venter to join the band. “Molly has a unique, edgy tone to her voice,” MacAllister says. “Her sound is a bit pop-oriented, and while it hasn’t changed our overall sound, I’d say it’s a bit more gutsy, upbeat and modern.”
Thursday, March 8, 7pm, Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series, Sisters High School Auditorium
www.sistersfolkfestival.org/wcs.php, $15 ($10 students).