Red Molly set in Pistol River

By Triplicate Staff January 03, 2013 08:57 am

The trio Red Molly is set to perform Jan. 12.
The trio Red Molly is set to perform Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Pistol River Concert Association
The Pistol River Concert Association presents Red Molly at 8 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Pistol River Friendship Hall.

Since 2004, this Americana trio has been bringing audiences three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship (dobro/banjo/bass/guitar), and an engaging stage presence.

The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar).  This year, the group was invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson, and appeared at the venerable RockyGrass festival in Colorado.

They perform original works composed by each of the group members, as well as covers of other songwriters including Hank Williams, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams. Their enthusiastic fans are known as “Redheads.”

Tickets are $15 each and are available at The Book Dock in Harbor, Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings and Gold Beach Books. A $5 student discount or refund is available at the door.  For ticket reservations or more information, call (541) 247-2848 or visit www.pistolriver.com.

Red Molly was formed late one night at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Three solo singer-songwriters were the last ones left at a song circle; they liked the way they sounded together and decided to form a band.  The name Red Molly is taken from a character in the Richard Thompson song, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” 

From the start, the trio got attention with its lively, engaging stage performances. The musicians have performed on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage.