PREVIEW: Cheer Up Mollys release debut EP

June 5, 2019

Cheer Up Mollys launch debut EP, Mollyfied, at the Brunswick Pub, Hove on June 30.

KNOWN for their feel-good live shows and inventive arrangements of folk, acoustic and Americana music as well as well-known 70s and 80s pop hits, the all-female five-piece have been playing together for three and a half years.

Described as “…joyful to watch and listen to. Their stunning harmonies gave me goose bumps.” by Amy Hill (Brighton Folk, Roots & Acoustic club), the band have played all over Sussex at events such as Paddle Round the Pier, Southdowns Folk Festival and Steyning Festival.

Ukulele player and singer Seffy explains where the EP title comes from. “When we think about songs we’d like to cover, we always talk about how we can ‘Mollyfy’ them to give them our own spin, and then we thought about what ‘mollify’ actually means – to blend – and that kind of fits what we like to do.”

As well as including one of their signature covers – their own arresting take on Eurythmics Here Comes The Rain Again, complete with crowd-pleasing mandolin versus ukulele solo battle, the EP showcases the original songwriting of Deb Shurvell (Sweet Sorrow, What You Mean to Me) and Seffy Sefton-Smith (Thistledown Snow, Sad Heart Happy).

Seffy said: “Our writing styles complement each other and give plenty for the band to get their teeth into. Lots of harmonies, counter-melodies, textures and rhythms. It’s funny, cos I’ll rock up with something jangly and toe-tapping, and Deb will bring something more contemplative and slowly beautiful – it’s a good balance. That said, Thistledown Snow actually came out of a time when I was in a pretty dark place, but it’s a hopeful song about the healing power of nature.” And the moral of the forthcoming accompanying video is “Don’t try and shoot a music video in a field of thistles while wearing sandals…”

You can hear them perform songs from the EP and many more at their Brighton launch gig on June 30. They’ll be joined by fiddle player Linda Game (The Fold, English Contra Dance Band, Kitchen Girls) who also guests on the EP.

Event: The Cheer Up Mollys – EP launch gig

Where: The Brunswick (venue), 1 Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JF

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019, doors 7.30, music 8pm

Time: Doors 7.30, music 8pm

Cost: Tickets £7 in advance or £9 on door.

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