Red Molly makes a return appearance at Music at the Mission

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:35

Trio includes new "Molly," distinctive harmonies West Milford — Red Molly is returning to Music at the Mission for a greatly demanded return performance on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Local performers Mike Baglione and Anne Loeb will open the show! The dynamic female trio that began as a happy accident around a campsite at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Spurred onward by an ever-growing and devoted fanbase, and the desire to commit themselves to touring farther from home, Red Molly is at the start of a new and exciting musical chapter. After six years of touring, guitarist/bassist Carolann Solebello left the group in August 2010 to spend more time with family and pursue solo opportunities. Remaining founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar) welcome the newest "Molly," Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Venter, to fill out their lush, distinctive three-part harmonies. Over the last month of rehearsals and impromptu live performances, the three women quickly nailed the essence of the Red Molly sound, while hinting at inspiring new musical possibilities. "We are busily reinventing fan favorites from our current recordings, while adding new material and collaborating on songwriting for the first time," says Gardner. "This is an exciting time for the band; we're so thrilled that Molly has joined us," added MacAllister. Music at the Mission is located at 1452 Union Valley Road, West Milford, at the West Milford Presbyterian Church. For tickets, visit their Web site, or call 800-613-1455. Tickets are also available at Harvest Moon Health Food Store on Marshall Hill Road and at the door. For more information on Red Molly, go to