Thursday 1st June 2017
The Borderline, London
This woman can sing! What a voice! A very special, gifted and talented artiste with a natural, seductive and captivating stage presence which hypnotizes and dazzles. Her soulful Blues vocals exude raw emotional power, you can’t help but feel and be moved by her performance.
Mollie Marriott has spent much of her life from the age of 15 growing up in the music industry working mainly as a backing singer with artists including Oasis, Proud Mary, P. P. Arnold, Paul Weller and her stepfather Joe Brown. Mollie is the daughter of the late great legend that is Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie fame, who died on 20th April 1991 when Mollie was just 6 years old. Steve’s powerful Soul voice lives on in Mollie’s.
Having seen Mollie many times before, mainly as a backing vocalist at notable high profile gigs such as the London Astoria tribute to her late father on 20th April 2001, the Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th April 2004, Joe Brown’s ’50 years in show business’ gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 24th September 2008 and The Faces reunion in 2015, it wasn’t until I heard Mollie sing lead vocals on the song ‘Tulsa Time’ with Joe Brown at Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday at the IndigO2 London on 28th October 2016 that I became fully aware of the true power of Mollie’s mesmerizing voice. I became a huge fan from that moment on.
The first proper Mollie headlining solo gig I attended was at a special intimate acoustic show at Olympic Studios in Barnes on 23rd February 2017, hosted by legendary producer Chris Kimsey. With the stripped back nature of the performance it allowed her voice to really shine, a truly sublime evening.
At the Borderline, Mollie was backed by a five-piece band, which delivered a high calibre set of songs from Mollie’s highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Truth Is A Wolf’ which will be released in September 2017. The set included masterfully crafted gems written by Mollie such as ‘Transformer’, ‘A Million Miles’, Give Me A Reason’, ‘Gravity’, Trouble and Shame’, the album title track ‘Truth Is A Wolf’, the brilliant new single ‘Control’, released in March this year, and the excellent ‘Ship Of Fools’, which was a special request from one of Mollie’s loyal fans in the front row. This song was released as a single back in 2014.
Unfortunately the set was rather short, but those of us lucky to be there did get to spend a top quality hour in the presence of one of the best Rock/Soul singers around today and be able to experience first-rate songs with an outstanding voice that penetrates deep into your heart and soul. The newly renovated venue was only about half full but the atmosphere was brimming with positive energy. Available at the gig was Mollie’s new four track acoustic sessions EP which she enthusiastically signed for anybody that bought one.
Mollie has recently completed tours supporting Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson. It has just been announced that Mollie will be supporting Bad Touch on their UK tour this November.
1. Run With The Hounds
2. Truth Is A Wolf
4. Ship Of Fools
5. King Of Hearts
6. Give Me A Reason
7. Baby I Love You (Aretha Franklin cover)
11. A Million Miles
Steven C. Gilbert (photos courtesy of Laurence Harvey)