"Andrews is a quintessential roots vocalist." 
- John Moore, Denver Post  


"..she reflected a nicely brittle form of balladry that seemed more in line
with British folk music until the tune dramatically detoured into an almost
rag-style coda that brought the animation of such American guitar innovators
as John Fahey to mind."    - Walt Tunis, Lexington KY

 


Molly & her Santa Cruz H, 'Hazel'
PHOTOG:LARRYNEUZEL 

 

 

singing on a summer day deep in the mountains of northwest NC 

 
 

in concert at 'old songs' voorheesville, ny

 

NEW NEWS

Coming SPRING 2015
Molly is happy to join Theatreworks production
of Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman's FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN  
http://my.theatreworks.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2723 

Honored to be featured in the Irish Traditional Music Archive
October 2, 2014
GÓILÍN SONG PROJECT - A New ITMA Microsite 
700+ Songs from 200+ Singers : Molly Andrews 

Molly contributed to the album DEAR JEAN:Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie
released September 2014 on Compass

Some reviews

 POPMATTERS
The mood and feel of the performances on the album make as much of an impact as the songs, too.
Molly Andrews’ “Now Is the Cool of the Day” is spine-tingling..  http://www.popmatters.com/review/186924-various-artists-dear-jean-artists-celebrate-jean-ritchie/ 

 LONESOME ROAD REVIEW
While a handful of the performers have considerable name recognition, the overwhelming majority are less familiar—at least to me-—but their contributions provide substantive flesh to the beautiful skeleton that would have existed had only ‘stars’ been included. Traditional singers like Magpie (“Farewell to the Mountains,”) the incredible Molly Andrews (“Now Is the Cool of the Day”) and Elizabeth LePrelle (“Fair Nottamun Town,”) Riki Schneyer (“Blue Diamond Mines,”) and Kathy Reid-Naiman (“Pretty Betty Martin”) continue the art Ritchie has inspired for the past fifty and more years, and kick no small amount of major vocal arse in doing so. http://lonesomeroadreview.com/2014/08/22/dear-jean-artists-celebrate-jean-ritchie-by-various-artists/

 THE ALTERNATE ROOT
The 27-track collection features folk music marquee names, including a spoken word reading of “I Celebrate Life”, one of the last recordings of Pete Seeger. Peggy Seeger offers the story of a “Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn”, Molly Andrews enters to tend a morning garden to make ready for the power of spirit with “Now is the Cool of the Day”..  http://www.thealternateroot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2766:djean-tribute&catid=208:what-s-trending&Itemid=268

 SING OUT
The artists contributing to the project come primarily from the first and second generation of artists that immediately followe Jean’s emergence. The CD opens with a terrific take on Jean’s pointed pleading “Black Waters,” taking sharp aim at the regional ecological damage done by coal mining, and a terrific collaboration between John McCutcheon, Tim O’Brien, Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Matea, Stuart Duncan and Bryn Davies that sets a high bar for the recording. It’s followed by a wonderful, stripped-down reading of “Now is the Cool of the Day”
by Appalachia singer Molly Andrews who sounds uncannily like Jean at times..
 http://singout.org/2014/09/17/dear-jean/

 October 27, 2014
Compass Records and Appalachian Voices are pleased to announce that Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie has been listed as the #1 most played album on the FolkDJ Radio Charts for the second month in a row.

 
2013

 INTERSECTIONS New America Arts Festival

CineConcert: Buster Keaton's The General, w. Hesperus

Sunday, Feb 24, 4:30pm Sprenger Theatre 

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC  

 

Thursday March 21
Live performance & guesting DJ 
FOLK & BEYOND with PETER JONES 
4 - 6 pm 
WTJU FM, University of Virginia
Charlottesville


House Concert March 22
Presented by Joan Fenton
Downtown on the Mall  
Charlottesville VA  
6-7 pot luck   -   7:30-9:30 concert
RSVP to Houseconcerts434@gmail.com
or call 434-466-8110 and leave a message for concert info.


A presentation of British ballads & their Appalachian Cousins
Music Academy of the American South
University of North Carolina School of the Arts  
Winston-Salem, June 15 
with thanks to The Fiddle & Bow Society 

 
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL  June 28, 29, 30
Altamont Fairgrounds  Altamont, New York 

The Down Home  Johnson City, TN  TBA 

 
RiverHouse Sunday Salon 
Grassy Creek, NC  
TBA 


2 0 1 4

GottaGetGon Festival  Ballston Spa, NY  May 23,24,25

Ola Bell Reed Festival  Lansing, NC  August 9th 

Ashe Co. Historical Society Autumn Leaf Festival
Ashe 1904 Courthouse & Museum Jefferson, NC October 18 

CAFFE LENA  Saratoga Springs, NY  TBA

Folklore Society of Greater Washington TBA 

  PHOTOG:PJRANDOLPH

 

2012

 
Orchard House Cafe - 58th & 1st Avenue NYC

 

Workshop/Concert  OLD SONGS - Voorheesville, NY 

 

Ballad of Polly Vaughn / Ulster Performing Arts Center
Kingston, NY 

 

Down East Folk Arts

Trent River Coffee Co., New Bern, NC

Clawsons, Beaufort, NC


Recent Interview

Conversation w. Molly, Public Radio East

for Down East Folk Arts, February 2012 

 

WoodSongs review, w. a mighty pleasing reference to Fahey.
Thank you Mr. Tunis. Click the quote for the full review..
"On Billy-O, she reflected a nicely brittle form of balladry that seemed more in line with British
 folk music until the tune dramatically detoured into an almost rag-style coda that brought the animation of such American guitar innovators as John Fahey to mind." - Walt Tunis, Lexington KY

 

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY  June 9th, 2012
A screening of Buster Keatons' The General / Live accompaniment by Hesperus

 

NEW BEDFORD SUMMERFEST / New Bedford, MA  July 6,7,8

Common Ground on the Hill / Westminster, MD  July 11 

 

New River Winery Lansing, NC   August 11th

 

Molly's music featured on Hillbilly Solid's Summer music special with Silas House

PHOTOG:PJRANDOLPH