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The End of Red Molly

Official band press photo; credit: Whitney Kidder

Official band press photo; credit: Whitney Kidder

Four years after adding Molly Venter ’02 to its lineup, Red Molly is headed for a breakup, er, “indefinite hiatus.”

Venter replaced one of the band’s original members, and the folk/Americana band has enjoyed great success during her tenure. Last year’s “The Red Album” received high marks from critics , and rose to be the top album played by folk radio DJs in 2014.

Red Molly recently appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage series of live concerts in the folk & American genres; a 30-minute recording of their performance is available for online streaming here.

I hope we’ll see more of Venter, who was a terrific singer/songwriter even before she joined Red Molly, but catch the group live while you can. Upcoming tour dates include Denver (next week), the DC area (appearances at two outdoor festivals on June 14 and the Hamilton downtown on July 2), and a close approach to Williamstown later in June with two shows in Saratoga Springs.

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Molly to Red Molly

Molly Venter ’02, the ‘Mary J. Blige of Acoustic Folk’ has joined a band: Red Molly, where she replaces Carolann Solebello, a founding member. Intriguingly, Red Molly did not previously have a Molly.

Red Molly self-describes as a “dynamic female trio” with “lush, distinctive three-part harmonies.” I can’t find any reviews of the group as it’s currently composed, but past praise of their “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies” from the Boston Globe is promising. Moreover, Venter should be fitting right in – during her solo career, she opened for Red Molly on several occasions, including, I believe, the one time I’ve seen either Venter or Red Molly in concert.

Having recently returned from an Alaska tour (complete with moose) Red Molly has several upcoming shows in New England and near their New Jersey home base. They play a sold-out Old Sloop Coffeehouse in Rockport, MA tonight, followed by a benefit show at Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire tomorrow night. Then, on Wednesday, November 17, they’ll be at City Winery in Soho [www.citywinery.com] [115 Varick at Vandem,  Metro: Spring St. A,C,E] . In addition, they have upcoming tours to the West Coast (including Seattle and the Bay Area), Florida, and the Midwest planned. (DC folks can look forward to a June 4, 2011 appearance at Alexandria’s legendary Birchmere).

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The Mary J. Blige of Acoustic Folk …

… not quite sure what that means, but that is the moniker attributed to Molly Venter ’02 in this effusive profile.  You can listen to some of her music here and here … kind of an Ani DiFranco vibe.  You can also find numerous videos of her performances on YouTube.  The multi-talented Venter was an All-American field hockey player as an Eph.

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