Emerging artist Molly Tuttle speaks softly. Her voice is both lilting and lucid, and when she says that she wants to create music that is truly original and unmistakably hers, her quietness shifts into a steely audacity that’s charming and almost funny - she’s only 25. Critics rave that brash, beautiful originality is exactly what Molly and her band are producing. On Friday, July 13, Molly Tuttle comes to Boothbay Harbor’s historic Opera House for her only northern New England appearance this year.
On her debut album “Rise,” Molly reveals the rich new ground she’s discovered. The collection relies on a rock-solid bluegrass foundation as Molly breaks free without breaking ties, singing and exploring what her six-string acoustic guitar can do.
Her 2017 win for Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association (IBMA) was history-making, as the first woman to ever be nominated for the honor, and the accolades kept coming in 2018 as Folk Alliance International’s International Folk Music Awards awarded her Song of the Year for her song “You Didn’t Call My Name.”
Anchored by her lucent vocals, smart writing, and incredible flat-picking, an evening listening to Molly and her band has resulted in rave reviews from critics. “She sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive.” says American Songwriter Magazine.
This performance is possible thanks to generous sponsorship from E.M. Wood Construction and the Lafayette Group. All seats general admission. Advance discounted tickets to hear this rising star are $20 available directly from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. The box office is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regularly priced tickets, $25 are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door.
The evening will open with another rising musical talent, Brian Dunne, on stage at 7:30 p.m. Brian has appeared at the Opera House previously with Liz Longley. Molly Tuttle and her band will follow Brian Dunne. Doors for seating open at 7.