AT the ARC Yinnar on Friday (July 5), folk band Mollimor is sharing their new album, Trad Time Live, featuring 13 tracks of original tunes.

Originally named The Molly Maguires, the group was founded in the early 1990s by some colleagues who wanted to get together and play music.

The band includes Frank O’Dowd, Pete Foote, Ben Sim, Kate Haines and Steve Schultz. Each band member is multi-instrumental, exploring their passion for music through each instrument.

The band’s founder, Mr O’Dowd, originally comes from Mullingar, an Irish town. They visited Mullingar a few years ago to perform at the biggest Irish music festival, Fleadh Cheoil.

“Playing at the Fleadh Cheoil in Mullingar was a great honour. It was our first overseas trip as a band. Kate, Ben and I attended it. It was very memorable,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Now, he is excited to share Trad Time Live with the ARC Yinnar. He told the Express that it gave the band a chance to showcase their extensive music content and the enjoyment they get from playing.

“It is a great opportunity to play at Yinnar. It is a chance to showcase our music, share that pleasure with an audience, and receive feedback,” he said.

“We play music from Galicia and Astoria in northern Spain and Brittany in France, Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland – music from the Celtic nations.”

Mollimor plays frequently at Traralgon’s Flannigan’s Bar and The Irish in Willow Grove, and is part of the Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, which brings together musicians from all over Gippsland, giving them a chance to share their talents and network with other musicians.

Trad Time Live was recorded, mixed and mastered at Wombat Studios Valencia Creek.

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