MOLLY TUTTLE TO TOUR THE UK

Molly Tuttle

From her history-making win for Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards to 1M streams and counting on Spotify, all signs indicate that MOLLY TUTTLE is the next in a line of storied performers like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss who used their consummate musicianship to break boundaries in bluegrass music and blossom into mainstream performing artists, appealing to fans in country, Americana and pop.

On her debut solo EP RISE, Molly reveals the scope of her diverse influences. Produced by Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn, Bobby Bare, Jr., the Greencards), the seven-song collection builds a bridge from bluegrass to Americana as Molly breaks free without breaking ties, singing and exploring what her six-string acoustic guitar can do.

In some circles she is the poster child for what Spotify considers “Indie Bluegrass” as the dominant streaming platform chose to feature her on their popular playlist of the same name, but they also added her tracks “Save This Heart” and “Lightning in a Jar” to two influential mainstream Americana playlists: Acoustic Love and Afternoon Acoustic.

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Having just performed at Celtic Connections, Molly will return to the UK in April for a co-headlining tour with Rachel Baiman.

TOUR DATES 2018:

4/27 – The Live Room, Saltaire, UK
4/28 – The Carlile Institute, Meltham, UK
4/29 – Thimblemill Library, Birmingham, UK
4/30 – Manorbier Youth Hostel, Manorbier, UK
5/01 – House Concert, Bristol, UK
5/02 – Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson, Southport, UK
5/03 – The Dukes, Presteigne, UK
5/04 – The Live Theatre (Studio), Newcastle, UK
5/05 – Crossover Festival, Congleton, UK
5/06 – JJ Harlows, Roscommon, IE
5/07 – Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny, IE
5/08 – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, UK
5/10 – Green Note, London, UK

Further tour information: https://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/tour

10 STRING SYMPHONY – Weight Of The World (Poppychop Records)

10 STRING SYMPHONY Weight Of The WorldIf Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer performed with acoustic guitars they would still be worth a second listen because their material is so good. In fact they play fiddles – two five-strings, hence their name – and banjo with their only support from occasional percussion and what they do with their instruments makes them special.

You might expect 10 String Symphony to sound real old-timey or even bluegrass and, although they do dip into traditional styles now and again, they mostly don’t. I don’t know if it’s possible to flat-pick a fiddle but that is exactly what one of them seems to be doing a lot of the time. There is one traditional song, ‘Black Eyed Suzie’, and two covers in the set. The first of these is Dylan’s ‘Mama, You Been On My Mind’ which replaces the lazy delivery of the original with a quick, edgy reading that is quite disconcerting. The second is John Hartford’s ‘On Christmas Eve’ on which they really get traditional. It’s a great song, full of timeless images that suit the duo so well.

Most of their songs are written by Rachel Baiman and they’re the kind of songs you want to spend time unpicking. The most obvious one is ‘Oscar’s Verdict’, about the Pistorius trial. The facts are in the public domain and interpretation is easy. The first two songs, ‘Anna Jane’ and ‘Someone To Be Good For’ come from deep within Rachel and, although some lines float the surface, the deeper meanings remain somehow elusive.

Weight Of The World is a knockout album which, with just ten tracks, leaves you wanting more.

Dai Jeffries

Artists’ website: http://www.10stringsymphony.com/

‘Black Eyed Suzie’ live: