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You can catch the Mollys March 17, 2012 at
the Boondocks Lounge in Tucson, Arizona

Just released - Live at El Casino Ballroom, Tucson, AZ, 2010
cd

The Mollys never fit comfortably in any bin, not for long anyway. The song selection on Live at El Casino Ballroom Tucson, Arizona - Set1 offers a representative taste of the band's early days, with stomping takes on Celtic traditionals ("The Foggy Dew," "The Youngest Daughter," "Whiskey in the Jar"), a strong reading of Pogue Shane MacGowan's "Lullaby of London," and a couple of McCallion's Celtic-influenced originals.

Founded by singer-songwriter-penny whistle and guitarist Nancy McCallion and her longtime performing partner, singer-mandolinist Catherine Zavala, in 1990, the band started out as an Irish folk duo covering Celtic traditionals and folk-punk modern Shane MacGowan of the Pogues. McCallion, already a prolific songwriter and the daughter of a Scots-Irish immigrant father, quickly started churning out originals, her take on the cross-Atlantic folk tradition. Within a couple of years, after adding accordion, bass and drums, her songwriting branched out to include the stories and sounds of the Mexican-American borderlands that surrounded the Mollys' Southern Arizona home. Later periods brought in still more Tex-Mex, country and even Eastern European influences.

The band recorded six studio CDs during breaks from touring the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s. Since 2005 they have reunited every year or two to do a live show in Tucson. This latest recording, "Live at El Casino Ballroom Tucson, Arizona - Set1," from a 2010 St. Patrick's Day show, lacks some of the polish of the band's touring days, but captures the spirit of a group that left its members and audiences exhausted and sweaty night after night during its touring period.

– Dan Sorenson, Molly's bassist and scribe

Track list:
• The Foggy Dew - traditional
• Foxy Devil – Dolen
• Mershin Derkin – traditional
• Johnny Jump Up – traditional
• The Yongest Daughter – traditional
• Lullaby of London – MacGowan
• All Around My Hat – tradition/McCallion
• Kitty – traditional
• On We Go – McCallion
• Whiskey in the Jar – traditional
• El Bandito del Corazon – McCallion/Schramm

Personnel
Catherine Zavala: Vocals, mandolin
Nancy McCallion: nocals, guitar, tin whistle
Kevin Schramm: Accordions, guitar, vocals
Dan Sorenson: Bass
Gary Mackender: Drums, vocals

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