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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 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 singer in the folksong category 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, Fred Boyce, Frank Harte, Mississippi Charles Bevel, Dan Wheetman, Tony Marcus, Ed Snodderly, Doug Dorschug, Adale O'Brien, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Margaret Bowman, Melinda Deane, Randy Myler, Mike Regan, 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 many others.
Molly is currently performing as a solo artist, working on repertoire and recording projects, and moving back home to the mountains she loves.
"Molly Andrews, she's a marvelous singer. She's one of my very most favorite ballad singers." The late Mike Seeger
"Molly is one of the best traditional singers we have."
- Tim O'Brien, Grammy winner
"..of all the hundreds of scores of female singers I have heard,
Molly Andrews and Triona NiDhomnhaill are my favorites ever.
Sans peer." - Fred Boyce, Prism Coffeehouse, Charlottesville, VA
"She is without question one of the finest singers on the scene."
- Sonny Thomas, Fiddle & Bow Society, Winston-Salem, NC
"Ms. Andrews, a consumate artist, locks into every song..
and finds its soul. Her voice is the real thing.. truly moving."
- Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Andrews is a quintessential roots vocalist. She is not in this
for a star turn; this music is her life.
Her roller-coaster voice is pure down-home country.
Her 'Miners Prayer' left me so inadequate to express her ability
that I asked an expert in the field,
"What contemporary bluegrass vocalist does her voice
make you think of?" "Hers," I was told.
"That's a one-of-a-kind." - John Moore, Denver Post
"Molly Andrews transcended the show/stage/theater/planet
Earth with her badass vocal stylings. We're thinking of following
her around the country like people used to follow The Dead.
.. A fan is born." - The Seattlest