Molly in the Mineshaft, a contemporary folk band, is coming to BYU-Idaho to perform. The show will be held in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
It costs $6 for BYU-I students and $12 for the general public to attend, according to the BYU-I website.
Band members Scott Monson, Talmage Haines, Alex Vincent, Grace Dayton, Alina Geslison, Jordan Benson, and Erin Patterson all met while attending college and founded their band in 2014, according to Molly in the Mineshaft’s Facebook page.
Haines, guitarist of the band, said it was their love of folk music that brought the band together and they have stuck with each other ever since.
“When I tell people I’m in a folk band, usually the first thing they think of is people in straw hats and overalls singing hick songs or something,” Haines said. “But it’s really fun — what we do. It’s super technical and enjoyable and impressive to watch.”
Don Sparhawk, coordinator of the Center Stage performing arts series, said he had heard a lot of great things about the band and thought that BYU-I students would enjoy them.
“I am told they are truly awesome musicians and some of the musicians have won a lot of individual awards for their playing,” Sparhawk said.
Benson, banjo player of the band, said the band had previously performed at BYU-I in December of 2014 with Viking Station and was excited to return.
“It was a blast—fun venue and fun atmosphere,” Benson said.
Patterson, mandolin player and most recent addition to the band, said that she hopes the audience will attend the show to have a good time.
“The childlike part of me is what enjoys this, and so I want other people to come, and just let loose and have fun,” Patterson said.
The band members said being in the audience of their shows is a very chill and laid-back experience.
“It’s like we’re playing in our living rooms, but there’s like 500 extra seats,” Benson said.
Benson and Haines said those who attend the performance will see an epic show filled with many different musical compositions.
“It’s a good opportunity to hear a new twist on songs the audience already knows and then be introduced to some new genres and songs they don’t know yet,” Benson said.
Benson said he guarantees that every audience member will at least like one song because of how much variety there is in the band’s style.
“We take modern music and give it like an old time twist and makeover,” Haines said. “We’re going to play some Lady Gaga, Crazy Trains, the Proclaimers, and we’re going to mix it with old time fiddles and Celtic tunes at a technical level that most bands don’t have.”
Patterson said that the audience could anticipate a few hymns to be played as well including “All Creatures of Our God and King” and some original songs.
Benson said holiday songs would also be performed.
They all said that they are really looking forward to coming to BYU-I and sharing what they love most with the students here. They said they hope that those who attend will walk away with an unforgettable experience.
“A major part of our success has been that the audience see how much fun we have together on stage and then it just permeates to them,” Haines said. “That’s what I hear after every show.”
Monson, the cajon drummer and the brain behind most of the band’s compositions, said that every performance he does is a joy because creating the music and sharing it brings the band and their fans closer together.
“Hopefully the audience has almost as much fun as we have,” Benson said.