An Evening with Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore & Todd Burge
Sep 19, 2015
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Date: Sep 19, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Price: $20 in advance/$23 day of show
Singer? Check. Guitarist? Check. Married? Check. To each other? Check.
Mollie O’Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists’ songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves.
Mollie (Tim O’Brien’s big sister) has long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who’s not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.
Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.
Both new and long time fans alike are amazed at the musical scope presented by just one singer and one guitarist. Mollie and Rich are unafraid of risk taking, authoritative in their performance, and fun. This is unaffected musicianship of the highest caliber.
Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage
“He’s got a great talent as a writer and unique view of the world; he’s invented his own art form. His songs just get better and better.”
Tim O’Brien (Singer-Songwriter, Grammy winner)
Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia’s most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and of course, literally hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots. He is a repeat guest on NPR’s Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce. In 2014, Burge wrote 13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. The show received great reviews as it was performed at Muskingum Park in Marietta Ohio, produced by Marietta College/The Colony Theatre and directed by Geoff Coward. Burge, who may be best known for his method of writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, bugs and animals (listen to Building Characters produced by Don Dixon) has recently released an album of very personal songs entitled Imitation Life (MARCH 2015). The recording was produced by long term collaborator, Tim O’Brien. O’Brien is an inductee of the WV Music Hall of Fame and Grammy winner. The album includes a song called Change (For Clean Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals. Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg WV with his wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia.