Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore with Eric Thorin

Date/Time Sun 07 Apr 2013 7:45 PM


Mollie is the older sister of the Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien. They came from a musical family and originally formed a folk/bluegrass duo in their teens while being raised in West Virginia.

After studying voice in college, Mollie moved to New York City but in 1980, inspired by Tim’s success in ‘Hot Rize’, she joined him in Colorado, where she became a fixture on the R&B and jazz club circuits. In 1984, the O’Brien siblings reunited as a concert act, and four years later recorded a duets album, ‘Take Me Back’. Concurrently she continued her solo career, issuing her debut albumin 1987. She also joined the group ‘The Mother Folkers’ who released a live album in 1989. In the decade that followed, O’Brien continued to divide her time between solo and duo work. A third duet collection, the acclaimed ‘Away Out on the Mountain’, appeared in 1994.

Mollie had meanwhile met and married guitarist Rich Moore in the early 80’s. Even though they played music together regularly in the intervening years it is only in recent years that they have recorded together as a duo. Following a live CD in 2007 they have recently released their first studio album ‘Saints and Sinners’ co-produced by bassist Eric Thorin (who will accompany them at Twickfolk) and Ben Winship (who has previously guested in Twickenham with ‘Growling Old Men’ and ‘Brother Mule’)

Mollie has also appeared as a guest singer on the touring ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ show and recently reunited with Tim, Rich and their offspring under the name ‘O’Brien Party of Seven’ with “Reincarnation” a tribute album to Roger Miller.