'Red Molly' serenades Roxbury on May 19

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group presents an evening at the Roxbury Arts Center with the multi- talented and much loved, NY-based trio “Red Molly” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

From the start, “Red Molly” garnered rapt attention with their lively, engaging stage performances.
Known for gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in “Red Molly’s’ trademark three-part harmonies, they moved quickly from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit in less than two years, winning notices for their performances at Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and NPR’s Mountain Stage.

Tickets to the show, which is sure to sell-out, are going fast. Get yours by calling 607 326-7908. Ticket prices are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and children under 12.

Band members Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter showcase their songwriting expertise with three solid original tunes on the recently released ‘Light in the Sky’ CD and also perform gems by Robert Johnson, Gillian Welch and Otis Blackwell.

The group also puts their stamp on a collection of fine cover tunes. The album’s opener, “Dear Someone,” is a Gillian Welch/David Rawlings tune, given an impressive a cappella reading.

 Buddy and Julie Miller’s ‘Does My Ring Burn Your Finger’ gets an acoustic honky tonk treatment with MacAllister’s teardrop-in-the-throat vocal. “Fever,” the Otis Blackwell/Eddie Cooley classic, features Venter at her finest in a performance that is both cool and sultry, supported by Craig Akin’s upright bass and the trio’s snapping fingers.

In addition to Gardner and Akin, “Red Molly” is joined in the studio by Ben Wittman on percussion and Jake Armerding on fiddle and mandolin.