A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Sonny Ochs
I first became aware of the Mollys in 1993 when they applied for the Falcon Ridge Showcase. I immediately realized that they had a unique sound, and accepted them to perform at the event.
Here we are, four years later, and The Mollys have released their second CD, "this is my round" (the first was called Tidings of Comfort and Joy.) Their sound combines elements of Nancy McCallion's Irish background with those of Catherine Zavala's Mexican heritage. McCallion is the lyricist. She writes songs on topics that range from women's issues and entertaining stories to drinking songs.
Both women sing and play guitar. They play other instruments as well including mandolin, penny whistle, harmonica and melodion. They are accompanied by a three piece band : Kevin Schramm on accordion, banjo, and guitar, Dan Sorenson on bass and guitar, and Gary Mackender on drums and percussion. Guest musicians fill in with accordion, organ, trumpet, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, making for a wide range of sounds.
I particulary enjoyed "Kathleen", about a sexist husband who doesn't understand why his wife left him, and "On We Go", an upbeat number about a woman who murders her husband. "Walking Down the Road" is about an Irishman who gets angry at English prejudice. My favorite is "On the Mountain High", a spirited number which describes a young girl who decides to have a fling without worrying about the consequences.
As you may have gathered by now, the themes are varied, and there's a lot of humor while dealing with serious issues. The presentation is upbeat. The musicianship is more than competent. It's a fun CD, whether you just enjoy the music as background music or like to sit and listen to the words.
Edited by Kerry Dexter