Friday Night Folk welcomes Red Molly

Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacAllister and Molly Venter are country-folk trio Red Molly.

I hereby nominate, well, ME as the arbiter for the newly formed National Registry of Band Names. Each new artist must get approval from me before said group can then pursue a career under a particular nomenclature.

As such, I'm not sure we need any more bands with "Molly" in the name. Flogging Molly, for example, summons an uncomfortable image without even hearing the music, and Molly Hatchet creates an uncomfortable image AFTER you've heard the music. (Just kidding, Dave Hlubek! I'll never forget that you were an excellent host on the Odessa, Texas, stop during the "Take No Prisoners" tour.)

Given all that, Red Molly, a folk-based female trio boasting fine acoustic musicianship and harmonies like hot fudge being misted over ice cream, nonetheless gets approval from the Name Dictator. Their "Light in the Sky" album spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart, and Red Molly has also toured extensively with Willie Nelson.

It's more than worth your time to see and hear Red Molly when they headline Friday Night Folk at All Souls New London.

- RICK KOSTER

Red Molly, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Unity Hall, All Souls New London, 19 Jay St., New London; Friday Night Folk; $20 door, $17 advance, $10 students with ID; (860) 447-9580, fridaynightfolk.org.

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