I loved your performance last night in Garden Valley! I was in the back with my son in the wheelchair. We had a rough day with therapy and the joy you shared through your music just filled us both up, thank you so much!
I’d love to bring my whole family to a concert sometime, I’m sad they missed it. Sure hope to see you guys perform again sometime!
-Cara (audience member)
Thank you so much for all your work in making today happen. We’ve been looking forward to this for so long [because of COVID] and it has been above our highest expectations. Your professionalism, flexibility, and accommodation are unmatched. You’ve truly had a huge impact on our community, young and old. Both your musical talents and inspirational message will continue to resonate and make a difference in many lives. Your art has brought us together in a time we so needed it. Keep up the good work!
-Chris DeVore, Director, Mountain Home Arts Council
Write-up on a special needs concert in Caldwell, ID in 2022
Drew the audience right in from the beginning and never lost them. The hour flew by. The audience loved it, leapt to their feet as the final song concluded, and applauded until you agreed to an encore. Clearly an audience favorite and impressive performance. Fun, professional skill level, exciting and high energy. Very unified sound. Personable, down to Earth. Nice variety and show of talent. Ranged from folk favorites like Orange Blossom Special to Celtic ballads and upbeat spiritual songs. Well balanced ensemble, a full and rich sound instrumentally; and strong, in tune (not at all pitchy), compelling vocals. I overheard an audience member telling one of your band members afterwards, “We’ve been coming to concerts here for 20 years, and this was the best!”
Hope to have you back sometime!
–Stephen Breinholt, Temple Square Performances Coordinator
“Molly in the Mineshaft was a real hit on our college campus. I can’t say enough about the musicianship of these players. They had a great variety of music that kept people from kids to college students to older community concert-goers very interested. It was an exceptional evening of great music by some up-and-coming players.”
–Don Sparhawk, Center Stage Performing Arts Series, BYU-Idaho
“I went out on a bit of limb to feature Bluegrass music on my performing arts series, and I admit I was a little nervous. But WOW! My audience ate it up. Completely. The vocals were stunning, your playing was out of this world, and your interaction with the audience was warm and engaging. Did I mention you guys can play?! There is some serious talent in Molly in the Mineshaft. What a delightful show. Thanks!”
–Alison Moulton, Executive Director, Caldwell Fine Arts
“Molly in the Mineshaft performed in an assembly for Washington Elementary School for 600 students, grades K-6. I was impressed by the degree of personal interest the performers took in our students. Molly in the Mineshaft band members went into the cafeteria to talk with students before the performance, and spent time connecting with the students afterwards. The group also sought out from me an understanding of our school culture before the performance, and incorporated some elements in their concert to make a further cultural connection. Finally, the concert was high energy and entertaining—just the right length for elementary students. For most of our students, bluegrass was entirely a new genre. While the band performed traditional pieces, they also performed modern pieces in a bluegrass style that helped the students connect to the new sounds. I would recommend Molly in the Mineshaft to any school of any age group for an assembly. Their presentation is energetic, educational, and developmentally and culturally sensitive.”
–Deborah Wynkoop, Washington Elementary School
“I wanted to share our immense gratitude to you and your amazing bandmates for such a spectacular evening at Sundance!!! Our Lab Partners had such a great time and enjoyed your group tremendously. We even heard that our party was better than any Bar Mitzvah they had been to – which is quite a compliment!!! We want to be sure to book you for our event next year. Mark your calendar now!!!
–Kathy Doherty, The Experience Lab
“Thanks so much for a fantastic Special Needs Concert. The music was totally fantastic, but above that, I really appreciated how welcoming the whole band was to all our patrons with special needs, regardless of ability. Your audience involvement was spot-on and the concert was such an inclusive experience. Plus, you were sooo easy to work with, friendly, and polite…basically, everything a presenter is looking for! Thanks for coming!”
–Monique Michel-Duarte, emPOWERme Program Director