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Molly Maguires is an indie rock & roll band from New England … In the summer of 2009, founding member JJ Sorensen began conceptualizing and writing music for Molly Maguires. In 2010, while attending Framingham State University, Sorensen met vocalist Meghan Earle, and the pair would eventually launch a failed attempt to start Molly Maguires in 2014 with other musicians they had met at FSU. After this near-immediate disbandment, Earle went on to front the popular Boston-area cover band The Road Dawgs while Sorensen mostly abandoned music, occasionally working as a live guitarist for lifelong friend and pop/R&B artist Laura Dowding in their native Westerly, Rhode Island.
In late 2018, Sorensen was encouraged by then-coworker and entertainment industry veteran Kent Jordan to attempt another start at forming Molly Maguires. Earle, who had begun looking for original projects, agreed to join. After the duo recorded an acoustic demo in Earle’s apartment in early 2019, Sorensen began assembling a band. Jordan would go on to serve as Production Manager for the group’s debut album Public Enemies, which was recorded in November and December of 2019 and released on April 7th, 2020. The 8-track concept album was produced by Sorensen and Bradford Krieger and released to widespread acclaim, with singles “October Sky” and “For A Few $ More” receiving frequent airplay on college and indie radio.
After the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Molly Maguires from touring to support their debut album, the group instead began writing and production for their second full-length LP That’s My Story, which is tabbed for release on June 25th, 2021. The first single “Soul Searching” was released on February 12th, 2021 and climbed the college radio charts, reaching the top-200 (unweighted) and peaking at 202 in the weighted category. The second single off That’s My Story, “Hey Boyo,” was released on March 19th, 2021 and received a glowing review from Glide Magazine, who premiered the track on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of events at AS220’s Empire Street venues being cancelled. Since it isn’t possible to gather for shows, AS220 Live Arts is bringing performances from local artists directly to you to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home with“AS220 Streaming Sessions” – high quality multi-camera, multi-track, live-streamed or pre-recorded weekly performances! AS220’s LIVE ARTS performance spaces are unjuried and uncensored forums for the arts,offering every artist residing in our small state the opportunity to perform or present their original work at our venue. If you are a performer interested in setting up a Streaming Session, especially if you had an event cancelled at AS220 due to the pandemic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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