OPEN HIVE / Music: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander and Amy Soucy
Wed, Sep 16, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Doors: 7 PM
Amy Soucy: 7:30 PM
Molly Tuttle & John Mailander: 8:30 PM
Join us for an intimate evening of two gifted female singer-songwriters and their male musical collaborators.
Molly and John were both recently nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Momentum Award, which recognizes musicians and industry professionals who, while in the early stages of their careers, have contributed to, or had an influence on, bluegrass music.
$15 advance / $20 door
** all money goes to the artists
Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
Originally hailing from California, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander began playing together while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They join forces to perform original, fresh and dynamic acoustic music, an honest and soulful mix of original and traditional music, with a deep respect for the past while also looking toward the future.
Molly is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice. Growing up in a musical family, Molly has always been steeped in the bluegrass tradition. Through writing songs she has crafted her own sound that is unique and contemporary, while drawing from bluegrass and folk influences.
In recent years she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Nashville Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.
John has become known for his soulful voice on the fiddle, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. He has shared the stage with artists including the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tim O’Brien and Christopher Guest. He was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and 13.
He played fiddle in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical, Bright Star, for its premier run in New York. When not playing with Molly, John often appears with renowned artists including Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, John Reischman and Laurie Lewis. He recently released his debut solo album Walking Distance.
Molly and John released their debut self-titled EP in February 2014. Together they have performed at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Club Passim, Grey Fox and Freshgrass music festivals, as well as many other venues throughout the country.
“[Molly Tuttle] sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive.”
— Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine
Gifted with a versatile, powerful and poised voice, Amy Soucy grew up in a musical family and began singing and performing at an early age in choirs and youth theater. Prompted by personal stories and a gift for melody and imagery, in 2001 she heeded the whispers of her heart, picked up a guitar, and began writing original songs; then workshopping and performing them.
Since then, she has performed, recorded, written and harmonized with a wide variety of musical groups and artists, including powerhouse singer-songwriters Penny Nichols and Sloan Wainwright; NYC’s favorite Japanese gypsy-folk band, Kagero; Comedy Central artist Stephen Lynch; and many more. She recently moved to Beacon, NY, after 20 years in New York City’s creative cauldron.
Her debut album This River is timeless, poetic songwriting exploring what it means to be human. From the catchy, singalong “Little Wooden Boat,” to the folk-rock climate change anthem “Last Days,” the bluegrass homage “Old Crows” and the folky heartbreak of “Winter Man” and “Around the Bend,” Amy’s comforting voice assures us everything will work out in the end.
“Right from the first note, this project is a stunner, with Amy’s powerful and angelic voice at the very center shining brightly…. If I had to describe this record with only one word, the word would be ENCHANTING!”
— Sloan Wainwright
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