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December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$12 – $15
Held upstairs at The Front Porch**
Doors 7:30 // Show 8:00 PM
Handsome Molly is a Virginia based trio that performs traditional tunes and songs from Ireland and the British Isles. The members of the band, Kelly Kennedy (piano, accordion and vocals), Andy Cleveland (fiddle and whistles) and Craig DuBose (guitar), have performed at venues throughout the country as well as in Ireland, Scotland and England. Together they perform regularly at Colonial Williamsburg and throughout Virginia and the region presenting programs featuring the tunes and songs at the root of American traditional music. They perform in a friendly and relaxed style to mirror the informality and spontaneity of the home and community based nature of traditional music. For their concert at the Front Porch they will be joined by outstanding young fiddler Margaret Graham.
Kelly Kennedy is highly regarded for her beautiful singing voice, engaging stage presence and gift for interpretation whether in theatrical roles or playing traditional or early music. An actress, musician and singer, and dancer, she performed for many years in the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg and was the vocalist for 15 years with “39 Fingers” Richmond’s premiere Celtic ensemble. She currently performs as an independent musician for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, conducts workshops, and appears in regional theater productions around the country. She has made several recordings of Early American music and music from Ireland and Britain. Kelly is also an avid rower and adoring grandmother.
Andy Cleveland grew up in a musical family in Lancashire, England and developed his musical ability playing with English folk luminaries of the 60s and 70s at the Scunthorpe Folk Club in his hometown. Andy’s involvement in English and Irish folk music naturally led to an interest in homebrewing for which he has won several awards. During the day Andy is employed as an IT specialist with the Appomattox Regional Govonor’s School for the Arts and Technology, and in his spare time he makes fine violins and violas. He is a stalwart of the Irish music community in Richmond and has enlivened many sessions with his enthusiastic playing and exceptional good humor.
Craig DuBose, having hit a hole-in-one at age 12, gave up golf and began teaching himself to play the guitar, being inspired early on by the folk music scare of the 1960’s. For over fifty years he has followed his love of all types of traditional music and has performed for countless dances, festivals, concerts, and social occasions. He has been a staff musician at the John C. Campbell Folk School in NC and the Augusta Heritage Art Workshops in WVa. For many years organized and promoted music and dance events for the local chapter of the Country Dance and Song Society in Charlottesville. His “home away from home” is the Isle of Mull in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.