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Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to welcome Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore to our hilltop in Vallecito on Friday, August 16th!
Advance tickets are only $20 and can be purchased right here online. Gates open at 6:30pm, the show starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free for children under 12.
Please note: Advance ticket sales end at 3pm on the day of the event (August 16th) - or when sold out. After that time tickets - if available - will be available starting at 6:30pm at the door for $25 each.
Tasty hot food, Delicious Twisted Oak Wines, popcorn & soft drinks will be available for purchase*.
Seating is "festival style", first come first served - but all seats are good! Bring your own low back "beach" chairs and blankets. Here is some useful information about our concert venue.
* Please do not bring other alcoholic beverages. Our license does not permit it.
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“Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. They are truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital.” - Dave Alvin
“We do not have another singer like Mollie O'Brien - she stands and delivers in a completely, original way -- no matter the material. Together Mollie and Rich have made a sure and honest recording of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings that runs as deep as family.” - Songwriter Darrell Scott
Mollie O’Brien sings. Does she ever. Jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, southern mountain traditional — you name it. And she approaches each with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat.
Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, one of five children, Mollie was exposed to music of every stripe, from performances by the Wheeling Symphony to concerts by Count Basie, Ray Charles, and the Beatles. She listened to singers — Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, Bonnie Raitt and Dinah Washington, Streisand, Sinatra, and Betty Carter — and took voice lessons. Later, with her brother, Tim, she performed in church and at coffeehouses. All the while she dreamed of heading to New York to sing and act on Broadway and make a big splash in show business.
After her sophomore year of college, she set out for the Big Apple, but the auditions were discouraging and gigs were few. She stuck it out for four years — long enough to discover the irresistible pull of swing music and the stylistic stretches required for jazz. Eventually she moved to Colorado, where brother Tim O’Brien had already staked out territory in the booming music scene.
So there’s the story — at least the first part. Mollie moved to Boulder in 1980, worked as a duo with Tim, and formed her own R&B band. Now, a couple of decades later, she’s married with two teen-aged daughters and a firmly established singing career. She has been called one of roots music’s best interpreters and singers, and her voice described as “smooth,” “smoky,” “powerful,” and “bright and bold as sheet lightning.” Once you’ve heard it, you’re hooked.
Mollie’s recordings are a tribute to the variety of her taste and the versatility of her performance. On her solo CDs — Every Night in the Week and I Never Move Too Soon (on Resounding Records) and Tell It True, Big Red Sun, and Things I Gave Away (on Sugar Hill) — she moves without hesitation from style to style, dipping into the songs of Lennon and McCartney, Percy Mayfield, Memphis Minnie, Chuck Berry, and the Subdudes.
Showcasing her old-time, folk, blues, and gospel chops are three albums with Tim O’Brien (Take Me Back, Remember Me, and Away Out on the Mountain — all on the Sugar Hill label).
There have been any number of collaborations, most notably the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe (Sugar Hill) with a stellar bunch of bluegrass greats. For the past few years, Mollie has worked with Garrison Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams as the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, with her own five-piece band, and as a duo with husband Rich Moore.
Mollie has earned rave notices at major festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, Europe, and South America.
Rich Moore is well-known and well-loved in Colorado's acoustic music family and has lived and performed here for over 25 years. He made his reputation early on as bassist and guitarist with stellar local outfits like The Solid Senders, and in recent years has been the rhythmic bedrock for Pete Wernick's Live Five, Celeste Krenz, and with ensembles fronted by his wife, the internationally-esteemed vocalist Mollie O'Brien. He is guitarist of choice for folk legend Tom Paxton, who invariably requests Moore as a sideman for his Colorado shows.