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Molly Sweeney: Gold Rings and Fur Pelts

One of the most compelling new voices to emerge from the Montreal music scene, singer-songwriter Molly Sweeney's debut album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure up an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry in a classic concept-album format. From a journey foiled by fate to a poignant French chanson of faithless love, these folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics.
A regular on the Montreal circuit, Molly has shared the stage with a diverse slate of musicians including White Magic, Elfin Saddle, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett, MV and EE, Simon Finn, Matana Roberts and Sally Seltmann, and performs with Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush both onstage and on their critically acclaimed 2009 release Against the Day and 2010 release Monogamy.
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Track List:
1. Swollen
2. Not Faithful
3. Florida
4. Gold Rings and Fur Pelts
5. Full Moon
6. Eros and Psyche
7. You Mustn’t Worry
8. Spirit, Will I See You
9. Radiant Sun
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Personnel:
Molly Sweeney: voice, guitars, tiple, autoharp
Jérémi Roy: upright and electric basses
Xarah Dion: keys
Molly McGivern: violin and morin khuur
Patrick Conan: drums
Gavin John Sheehan: electric guitar
Miles Perkin: upright bass
Becky Foon: cello
Gen Heistek: viola
Philippe Lauzier: bass clarinet
Jen Reimer: French horn
Jason Sharp: baritone sax
Sarah Wendt: French horn

Amelia's Mechanics Announces Plans for New Album + Tour Dates

Amelia's Mechanics is fronted by Greensboro, NC singer-songwriter's Molly McGinn and Molly Miller and backed by a talented group of musicians out of Nashville, TN. Despite what the oil-and-iron name might suggest, the women of Amelia's Mechanics swap that toughness for a more urban, sophisticated take on Americana music, using luxuriating harmonies and classical swells to temper their lyrical frustrations with love and life. The instrumentation and vocal harmonies of Amelia's Mechanics result in a genre-busting sound best described as "vintage country with a moonshine concerto."
The band released their debut album "North, South," produced by Jim Avett (father, The Avett Brothers,) in February of 2010 to critical acclaim and embarked on an inaugural tour pleasing audiences from Florida to West Virginia. Select performances in May will feature support from guitarist Daryl Hance (guitarist, J.J. Grey & Mofro.)
Amelia's Mechanics will begin recording a follow-up album this summer in Asheville, NC at the wonderful Echo Mountain Studios (Smashing Pumpkins, The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses) with three-time Grammy-winner Steven Heller (producer, David Holt's Stellaluna, Doc Watson's Legacy) and fellow Greensboro, NC singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett (songwriter, Ana Lee) at the helm. A release date has not been set for the new album.
REMAINING PERFORMANCES - SPRING 2010:

Acoustic Coffeehouse - April 8 (Johnson City, TN)
Canyons - April 9 (Blowing Rock, NC)
Pisgah Brewing Co. - April 10 (Black Mountain, NC)
Five Spot - April 21 (Atlanta, GA)
Carrboro Arts Center - April 24 (Chapel Hill, NC)
Carolina Theatre - April 25 (Greensboro, NC)
Preservation Pub - April 28 (Knoxville, TN)
Garage - April 29 (Winston-Salem, NC)
Tipsy Teapot - April 30 (Greenville, NC)
MerleFest - May 2 (Wilkesboro, NC) - Molly McGinn PA
Purple Fiddle - May 5 (Petersberg, WV)
Ashland Coffee and Tea House - May 6 (Ashland, VA)
Center City Park - May 7 (Greensboro, NC)
Pour House Music Hall - May 12 (Raleigh, NC)
Stillwater Taproom - May 14 (Augusta, GA)
NC Potato Festival - May 15 (Elizabeth City, NC)
3rd & Lindsley -May 18 (Nashville, TN)
FemmeFest - May 22 (Charlotte, NC)
White Mule Music Pub - May 27 (Columbia, SC)
Home Team BBQ - May 28 (Charleston, SC)
Music in the Woods - May 29 (Paris Mnt. State Park)
Maguire Theater - June 3 (Elizabeth, City, NC)

Amelia’s Mechanics Tour Dates

Amelia's Mechanics hires Nashville-based drummer and percussionist Jamie Dick to perform with the band on select tour dates this spring. Dick has been performing live for over 15 years and most recently recorded with Rayna Gellert and Abigail Washburn on each of the artist's forthcoming albums.
Amelia's Mechanics is touring in support of their debut album "North, South" released earlier this year. The band's tour launches Thursday, March 11 in Raleigh, NC at the Pour House Music Hall and takes through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia and is supported by the following radio stations: WDVX, WNCW, WUNC, WKNC, WUIN, WQFS, WXDU, WUSC, WUAG, WDWG, and WRMT.
Current 2010 Performance Schedule:
The Pour House Music Hall - March 11 - (Raleigh, NC)
The Whiskey - March 13 - (Wilmington, NC)
Home Team BBQ - March 18 - (Sullivan's Island, SC)
Coffee Underground - March 19 - (Greenville, SC)
White Mule Music Pub - March 20 (Columbia, SC)
The Basement - March 24 - (Nashville, TN)
MoDaddy's - March 25 - (Asheville, NC)
RA Fountain - March 26 - (Fountain, NC) 
Union Alley - March 27 - (Washington, NC)
The Broad Street Cafe - April 2 - (Durham, NC)
The Evening Muse - April 3 - (Charlotte, NC)
Acoustic Coffeehouse - April 8 - (Johnson City, TN)
The Canyons - April 9 - (Blowing Rock, NC)
Pisgah Brewing Co. - April 10 (Black Mountain, NC)
The Five Spot - April 22 - (Atlanta, GA)
Carrboro Arts Center - April 24 - (Chapel Hill, NC)
The Carolina Theater - April 25 - (Greensboro, NC)
Preservation Pub - April 28 - (Knoxville, TN)
The Garage - April 29 - (Winston-Salem, NC)
The Tipsy Teapot - April 30 - (Greenville, NC)
MerleFest - May 2 - (Wilkesboro, NC) - Molly McGinn PA
Purple Fiddle - May 5 - (Petersberg, WV)
Ashland Coffee and Tea House - May 6 - (Ashland, VA)
FemmeFest - May 22 - (Charlotte, NC)
Music in the Woods - May 29 - (Paris Mnt. State Park)
The Maguire Theater - June 3 - (Elizabeth, City, NC)
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:
Amelia’s Mechanics is an all-female, Americana music trio whose instrumentation and vocal harmonies traverse classical, country, and jazz genres resulting in a sound best described as vintage country with a moonshine concerto. The band, whose name, debut album title, and lyrics are inspired by the accomplishments of early aviatrix and aviators, explorers and pioneers, writes and sings about the mechanics underlying life’s triumphs and tragedies. Amelia's Mechanics is Molly Miller (Lead Guitar and Vocals,) Kasey Horton (Viola,) Molly McGinn (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals,) and Jamie Dick (Drums and Percussion.)