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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 

 

 

Venues Various & Sundry

Aberdeen Folk Club, Scotland
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC Albert Hole, Bristol, UK
Appalachian Heritage Alliance, Hazel Green, KY The Art League Santa Cruz, CA
August Court Days, Leesburg, VA Augusta Heritage Arts, Elkins, WV
The Barn, UC RIVERSIDE Berea Folk Festival, Berea, KY
Bethabara Celtic Festival, Winston-Salem, NC Bethlehem Music Festival, Bethlehem, PA Blairgowrie Festival, Blairgowrie, Scotland Bread & Puppet Domestic Resurrection Circus, Glover, VT Buffalo Gap, Capon Bridge, WV Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD Bluemont Concert Series, Leesburg, VA
Blue Ridge School, Stanardsville, VA Bodmin Folk Club, Cornwall, UK The Bohemian Embassy, Kragero, Norway Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV Caltech Folk Music Society, Pasadena, CA Cat in the Cream, Oberlin, OH Canal Street Tavern, Dayton, OH Carter Fold, Hiltons, VA CBGBs, New York City Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN Celtic Festival, Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, NC
Changing of the Leaves Festival, Kayford Mt., WV Chateauville Foundation, Castleton, VA
Clawsons, Beaufort, NC
Colchester Arts Centre Folk Club, Essex, UK
Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD
Concerts at Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD
Concerts in the Park, Hamilton, OH
Croydon Folk Club UK
Dartford Folk Club, UK
Down East Folk Arts Society, NC
The Down Home, Johnson City, TN 
Downtown on the Mall Concerts, Charlottesville, VA
Earthday Celebration @ Airlie, Warrenton, VA
Edinburgh Folk Club, Scotland
Fiddle & Bow Society, Winston-Salem, NC Finegold Trust Concerts, Mariposa, CA
First Night Annapolis, MD
First Night Leesburg, VA
First Night Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Folklore Society of Greater Washington, DC Foxfire, Rabun Gap, GA
Franklin Park Concert Series, Purcellville, VA Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA The Frethouse, Covina, CA Gaston Hall, Georgetown U., DC Gettysburg University, Gettysburg, PA Goilin Singers Club, Dublin, IE
Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA
Grimsby Folk Club UK Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA
Handley Library Concerts, Winchester, VA
Herndon Festival, Herndon, VA
Historic Long Branch Festival, Millwood, VA Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK
House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park, MD
Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Leigh-on-Sea, UK
Ila Country Jail & Guarantee Institution, Oslo, Norway
Isle of Bute International Festival, Scotland
Johnson Co. Oldtime Fiddlers Convention, Laurel Bloomery, TN Kentucky Music Weekend, Louisville, KY
King Avenue Coffeehouse, Columbus OH
Kitty O'Shea, Brussels, Belgium Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Leo Coffeehouse, Cincinnati, OH
Lerwick Lounge, Shetland, UK Llantrisant Folk Festival, Wales
McCabes, Long Beach, CA Memphis Dulcimer Festival, Memphis, TN Merle Watson Festival (Merlefest), Wilkesboro, NC
Monterey Community Center, Monterey, KY
Mountain Home Concert Series, Boone, NC
Mountville Folk Festival, Middleburg, VA Musical Traditions, London, UK
Neale Concert Series, Purcellville, VA New Bedford Concert Series, New Bedford, MA
New River Winery, Lansing, NC Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA
Ola Belle Reed Festival, Lansing, NC
Old Songs, Voorheesville, NY
Old Songs Festival, Altamont, NY Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Orchard House Cafe, NYC
Oxford Folk Club, UK Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR Adams Street Festival, San Diego, CA Plough & Stars, San Francisco, CA
Plowshares, San Francisco, CA
Pontardawe Folk Club, Wales The Prism, Charlottesville, VA
The Ram Folk Club, Surrey, UK Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD Reston Folk Club, Reston, VA
Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC
Robin Hood Folk Club, Nottingham, UK
Royal Oak Folk, Lewes, UK
The Royal Oak, Wolverhampton, UK Sandinos, Derry, IE
Saint Columba's, Washington, DC
San Francisco Free Folk Festival, CA Sedalia Center, Big Island, VA Seaford Folk Club, East Sussex, UK The Shadetree, Laguna Niguel, CA
Shakemore Festival, Westminster, MD Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series, Northern VA
Sherwood Anderson Festival, White Top Festival Tribute, Abingdon, VA Slieve Gullion Festival, Armagh, IE The Spectrum, Rosslyn, VA Spirit Store, Dundalk, IE
Staches, Columbus OH The Star Club, Glasgow, Scotland Strawberry Festival, Oxnard, CA
Summerfest, New Bedford, MA

Swindon Folk Club, UK
Takoma Park Folk Festival, Takoma Park, MD 
Tiger Folk Long Eaton, Derbyshire, UK
Totnes Folk Song Club, UK
Trent River Coffee Co., New Bern, NC
Tuckahoe Womens Club, Richmond, VA
Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, NY
Unitarian Universalist Church, Richmond, VA University of Georgia, Athens, GA UWM Folk Center, East Troy, WI Walnut Valley (WINFIELD) Festival, Winfield, KS
Walthamstow Folk Club, Ye Olde Rose & Crown, London, UK
Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo, MD Washington National Cathedral, DC Waterford Fair, Waterford, VA
Watermelon Park Festival, Berryville, VA Windsor Arts Centre, Windsor, UK
WoodSongs, Kentucky Theatre, Lexington
WoodSongs, Lexington Opera House, Lexington

Select Theatres

Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY
Arkansas Rep, Little Rock, AR
Arts at St. Anns, Brooklyn, NY
Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 
Cincinnati Playhouse, Cinti, OH
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, CO
Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL
Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, NYC
Meadow Brook Theatre, Detroit, MI
Northlight Theatre, Chicago, IL
San Diego Rep, SD, CA
Seattle Rep, Seattle, WA
Theatre in the Square, Marietta, GA
Virginia Stage Co., Norfolk, VA
 


Partial Radio Listing
Mountain Stage, E-Town, West Coast Weekend,  
WoodSongs, WTJU, BBC, BBC Scotland, Radio Oslo,
KPFA, WAMU, WETA, WTJU