Now based in South Carolina, former Nippertown singer-songwriter Molly Durnin headed north for a January homecoming tour around the Local 518, and our intrepid contributor Tim Reidy caught up with her at one of her first stops, the Ale House in Troy.
“Skippin’ Town” was the one of the tunes from singer-songwriter Molly Durnin’s album Run that garnered her plenty of Local 518 radio airplay. But it also proved prophetic, as Durnin packed up and skipped town for South Carolina last month…
Last week’s Alive at Five concert in Albany’s Riverfront Park was a homegrown music special featuring Nippertown’s ever-popular, horn-fueled party band the Refrigerators. Opening the show was sublime singer-songwriter Molly Durnin, backed by a full band.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
With a big, bright, oh-so-close-to-full moon hanging in the Nippertown sky on Tuesday night (March 26), Mike Scott didn’t sing the Waterboys’ signature song “The Whole of the Moon.”
OK, maybe Mr. Scott is getting tired of the song, having probably played it a gazillion times since it was the band’s most recognizable hit back in 1985.
But considering that the band was celebrating the U.S. release of their new album, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, it was perhaps even more surprising that they didn’t crank up that album’s bluesy rocker “A Full Moon in March.”
Odd? Um-hmmm… Strange? Oh yeah, no doubt about it, but as it ended up, the Waterboys’ loooong overdue Capital Region debut at the jam-packed Linda, was as an acoustic trio, perhaps not the best setting for either of those songs.
On the other hand, Scott and his Tuesday night compatriots – fiddler Steven Wickham and newcomer Daniel Mintseris on keyboards – packed plenty of rock & roll power in their sit-down set at The Linda, conjuring up such diverse influences as Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon and Van Morrison.
It was simply the most transfixing performance that I’ve seen so far this year, setting the bar high for the rest of 2013.
If you don’t know the captivating singer-songwriter Molly Durnin, you really should… and most likely will. Molly is a gifted artist on the rise, clearly destined for big things. I first walked in on her playing as part the Victorian Stroll and was blown away by the power of her live performance. A small-town,eastern NY gal who got off to a quiet start in 2007, she was latter spotted at an open mic by Maurizio, a stand-out musician in his own right. Maurizio tracked Molly’s first demos, which led to the release of her debut CD “Run.”
“Run” opens with the inviting lead track “Foxes,” a simple yet infectious lock-step guitar-bass-drums groove over which she floats her seemingly effortless vocals to great effect. A turn towards the blues can be heard on “Holy Ground” and “Down to the Devil,” the latter bringing to mind Bonnie Raitt. Other tracks like “The Ocean” and “Extraterrestrial” evoke Ani DiFranco.
For a place already steeped in tradition, Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs has a few traditions of its own to offer, one being the Emerging Artist Breakout nights devoted entirely to showcasing an up-and-coming area musician whose gifts and perseverance have lifted them to a level of local notoriety.
Molly Durnin brought her movie-star looks and robust, honey-colored voice to the Caffé last Wednesday, along with a bundle of original songs. Opener: Maurizio, joined by Casey J. Chapman.
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