“Newgrass” group Molly in the Mineshaft finds a perfect balance between celebrating the diverse musical heritage of bluegrass music and presenting it with a new twist. They’ll wow the audience with their upbeat take on traditional favorites from around the world, mixed with roots-inspired original compositions. Expect toe-tapping solos from remarkable players, including three-time national twin-fiddle champion from the Weiser, Idaho Fiddle Festival. Their purpose is to uplift, entertain, and inspire people of all ages through high-energy, diverse music. Members of the band have performed throughout North America and Europe, including the United States, Mexico, Croatia, France, Switzerland, and Spain. Their audiences range from Elementary school children to international dignitaries.
Awards and recognition include three-time national twin-fiddle champion; “Best of State” small instrumental group; “Best Original Composition”, Utah Percussive Arts Society; and a combined 7 state instrument championships in violin, banjo, and mandolin. Members of the group have shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster, Bar J Wranglers, Rory Feek, The Lower Lights, Jon Schmidt, Lincoln Highway, Evan J. Marshall, Cold Creek, and the Lux Singers.
Band members have degrees in music education, business, English, and occupational therapy. Outside of school and music, they serve their communities at youth camps, church organizations, senior living centers, hospitals, and schools.
Current band members of Molly in the Mineshaft:
Alex Vincent – Voice, Guitar, Mandolin
Alex represents the East Coast in the band, and claims North Carolina as his home. He graduated from BYU with a degree in music education. After graduation, Alex taught elementary school in a French-immersion program. The only thing softer than his beard is his heart. He also performs with Grizzly Goat, a folk-rock band based out of Provo.
Grace Dayton – Voice, Violin
Grace hails from Pleasant Grove, UT and graduated with a degree in Art History. She is a three-time national twin-fiddling champion, and has won many state and regional contests too. With a voice straight out of the 1920s, and fiddling that is out of this world, Grace is sure to simultaneously soothe your ears and boost your heart rate. She has also toured with the Charlie Jenkins band and the Clog America band.
Lucy Larsen – Voice, Guitar
According to her mom, Lucy has been singing ever since she was 9 months old in her crib. Lucy loves travelling and has spent more than 6 of her 30 years of life living overseas. Most of her time is spent chasing around her cute little baby, reading, doing yoga, and learning the violin.
Jordan Benson- Banjo, Cello
Jordan graduated from BYU, and completed his Master’s Degree in occupational therapy at the University of Utah. He started playing cello in 4th grade, and picked up the banjo a few years later. He enjoys pushing the musical boundaries of the cello and his old-time banjo style. Other hobbies and interests include biking, camping, volleyball, relaxing in his hammock, and using the Oxford comma. Jordan is Utah’s 2016 banjo champion. He currently works as an occupational therapist in Logan, UT.
Joshua Haines – Bass
Josh chose to play bass as a result of his brothers’ desire to have a bassist in the family band. Since then, Josh has used this low-tone instrument in orchestras, jazz bands, percussion ensembles, pep bands, and drumline. He has played with Brigham Young University’s ROC Band, Symphony Orchestra, and a jazz combo. He is currently a sophomore studying Information Systems, but spends most of his spare time playing music with his current bands: Molly in the Mineshaft and Hour Glass.
Scott Monson – Percussion, Piano
Scott is a native of Orem, UT. He studied music performance at BYU, and currently works for a software company in Utah County. Scott is a versatile musician who wows audiences with his precise percussion and piano playing. With Molly in the Mineshaft, Scott typically plays the cajón, a Peruvian instrument sometimes called a “drumset-in-a-box.” He also performs with Grizzly Goat, a folk-rock band based out of Provo.
Talmage Haines – Guitar
Talmage started teaching himself guitar in 6th grade, and would regularly wake up early and hurry home from school to practice more. During high school, he became heavily involved in jazz music and later moved into Folk Music in college. His professional career started at age 16 when he spent a summer in Cedar City with the Utah Shakespearian Festival. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from BYU and works full-time as a Demand Planner for a company in Lehi, Utah.
Doug Patterson – Accordion, Trumpet
Doug heralds from Provo, UT, and boy does he herald! This mild-mannered man turns into a face-melting accordion and trumpet player when he is onstage. He recently moved back to Utah after a stint with a music group in California, and is excited to lend his skills to the group. In his spare time, he enjoys smelling garlic bread.
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