WANT TO GO?
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
With Doug and Shelly Harper
WHERE: Clay Center Walker Theater (enter through doors on Brooks Street)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $18, seniors and students $15
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wheeling native Mollie O'Brien said she's encouraged that things are getting better. The recession, in her opinion, is starting to ease.
The folk singer, who appears Saturday night in the Clay Center's Walker Theater for a Woody Hawley Series concert, said, "We're doing OK. We're working. People are coming to our shows and buying our CDs, and I think that's a good sign."
When times are tough, people will choose bread over music if they have to. O'Brien thinks that if they're buying tickets and taking home music, the tension everyone has felt over the past couple of years could be letting up.
"Back four or five years ago, when this thing first started, we were joking how everyone was going to find out what it's like to live like a folk musician," she said.
Now, things are looking up. At least it's not a bad time to be a folk musician or to be Molly O'Brien. O'Brien is enjoying what might be a new season of her career. Her two daughters are out of college and on their own, and she's spending a lot of time touring as a duo with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore.
"I kind of slowed down on the touring for about 10 years," O'Brien said. "Then two years ago, Rich and I decided to put out a new CD, not just a live CD or an EP, but a full CD and we figured, 'What the hell? Let's go out as a duo.'"
Playing as a duo isn't entirely new. Married for 28 years, the two have played together many times, but the record, "Saints and Sinners," was the first time they'd recorded together. Playing together, O'Brien said, has been a lot of fun. They know how to read each other on stage.