Milwaukee by way of Derry, Ireland, Fiona Molloy has a musical career to trump most. She’s performed nonstop, beginning as a small child, studying both voice and piano, eventually landing spots in competitions and later performing in front of famous musicians and foreign dignitaries, alike, in big cities and small towns, going from Ireland to New York City to end her travels in Wisconsin, where she currently resides. Molloy has many accolades for her vocals, which Steve Smith wrote of for Seanachaoi, describing her vocal style as “a stunning blend of all that is best from both the American and Irish folk music. Fiona Molloy has strength and sensitivity in equal abundance and is a talented guitarist…[with the] ability to cross musical borders effortlessly.”
Her voice reflecting at times that of her idol, Joan Baez’s, Molloy tackles both traditional Irish ballads and contemporary folk songs with originality and charm. Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE tonight for Local/Live at 8 p.m. to hear Molloy perform, live, before she heads out to the east coast for performances in Connecticut and New York. 91.7 FM on your radio dial, WMSE.org to stream online or to download in the WMSE archives.