Video Premiere: Red Molly, “Hello Goodbye”

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Next year, the female folksters in Red Molly with celebrate their tenth year together. It’s been a busy decade, filled with album releases and an average of 100 shows per year. Maybe that’s why the trio is just now getting around to releasing its first official music video.

Filmed at the Cape Cod Carousel Funhouse Arcade, “Hello Goodbye” captures a live performance by members Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter. Gardner, who won American Songwriter’s Lyric Contest in 2008, co-wrote the song with her father Herb Gardner, a jazz musician whose resume includes collaborations with Wynton Marsalis and Roy Eldridge.

“This is the first song I’ve written with my dad,” she says. “Naturally, it came out as a swing tune, since that’s the style he’s played since before I was born. The fun part was bringing that type of song to the band and seeing what type of modern harmonies and arrangement we could come up with.”

The result is pure Red Molly: jazzy one moment and twangy the next, with plenty of fingerpicked firepower to lace the thing together. Throw in a ragtime beat and some airtight vocal harmonies, and you’ve got a song that the Andrew Sisters might’ve sung if they ever performed at MerleFest.

Check out their upcoming spring and summer tour dates:

March 8-11, 2013: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC AUSTRALIA
March 12, 2013: Community Hall, Valencia Creek VIC AUSTRALIA
March 14, 2013: Private Concert, Cadgee NSW AUSTRALIA
March 15-17, 2013: Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba NSW AUSTRALIA
March 18, 2013: Private Concert, Nowra NSW AUSTRALIA
March 19, 2013: Private Concert, Moruya NSW AUSTRALIA
March 21, 2013: Groove Factory, Wagga Wagga NSW AUSTRALIA
March 22-24, 2013:Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah VIC AUSTRALIA
March 25, 2013: Yea Music Group, Alexandra VIC AUSTRALIA
March 26, 2013: Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo VIC AUSTRALIA
March 28, 2013: The Quarterdeck, Narooma NSW AUSTRALIA
March 29-April 1, 2013: The National Folk Festival, Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA
April 19, 2013: Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington NY
April 20, 2013: Sounding Board, West Hartford CT
April 25-27, 2013: MerleFest, Wilkesboro NC
April 28, 2013: The Hamilton, Washington DC
May 10, 2013: Catherine Cummings Theatre, Cazenovia NY
May 11, 2013: Golden Link Folk Society, Penfield NY
May 17, 2013: Center for Arts at Natick, Natick MA
May 18, 2013: Landmark on Main St., Port Washington NY
May 19, 2013: Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Harrisburg PA
May 31, 2013: Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River MA
June 1, 2013: Hurdy Gurdy, Fair Lawn NJ
June 29, 2013: Kate Wolf Music Festival, Laytonville CA
July 10, 2013: Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood CO
July 11-13, 2013: High Mountain Hay Fever Festival, Westcliffe CO
July 14, 2013: Aspen Bluegrass Series, Aspen CO
July 21, 2013: Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford CT
July 23, 2013: Meeting House Park Summer Music Series, Hampstead NH
July 30, 2013: Boathouse Theater, Schroon Lake NY
August 22-25, 2013: Tønder Festival, Tønder, DENMARK

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