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Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine 2-25-2018/ Rupert Wates 3-2-2018

Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine

When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling deeply in love. As the music fades you’re left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

Goodnight Moonshine is made up of Molly Venter and husband Eben Pariser. As a duo they prove that they are stronger together with their co-written song “Willow Tree”. The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, performing 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime.

“Molly Venter continues to explore a variety of musical paths, and the dynamics she brings to all of them — strong vocals, literate songwriting, an engaging, powerful stage presence — validates the recognition she’s received throughout her career.” Mike Horyczun mysanantonio.com

_mg_7500  Goodnight Moonshine Sunday, February 25th,2018

Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album ‘Blue Afternoons‘ (Mainstem, 2002) especially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates’ songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US.  No less than two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: ‘Crazy Puzzle‘ (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and ‘Wide Open Heart‘ (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler.

“A performer of the highest calibre…His guitar work was phenomenal. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such beautiful work – his fingers are full of magic” (D. Provencher, Alamogordo Area House Concerts NM)

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