Mollie Marriott - Manchester Ruby Lounge, 17th November 2017

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray

For the uninitiated, Mollie Marriott is the daughter of the legendary Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie) and the step-daughter to ‘chirpy cockney’ Joe Brown. She’s previously toured with Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson, did backing vocals for Oasis, and was even the vocal coach for ‘All Or Nothing’, a musical based on the Small Faces. 


Now filling the support slot on the current Bad Touch headlining tour, Mollie hit the stage to promote her brilliant debut album 'Truth Is A Wolf', resplendent in black leather jacket and leopard-print leggings. Opening the set with two album tracks Run With The Hounds and Truth Is A Wolf, Mollie’s voice soared and glided like a bird set free of its cage. Backed by a power trio of bass, guitar and drums, clearly at the top of their game, Mollie strutted, gyrated and entranced the audience, convincing you both she and the band were having a great time too. Nobody To Love, a new song, felt dark, grungy and heavy, and Broken was simultaneously beautiful and haunting. 


Having thanked those who bought the album, pushing it up both the Indie and Blues charts, we got a non-album track Into Shape, a brooding colossus of a song. King Of Hearts brought a temporary change of pace, and after enquiring "Have we got any Tom Petty fans tonight?", Mollie and band launched into a rather frenetic I Should’ve Known ItTransformer and Control, accompanied by some excellent guitar pyrotechnics, brought the set to a rousing close. Mollie later took to the stage again with Bad Touch to do a sublime rendition of their recent joint single Baby Get It On


Now that the dust has settled, what were her thoughts on playing Manchester tonight? "I love playing in Manchester," Mollie tells me post-gig. "I knew it was going to be a good show and it felt good. So hopefully it was!" Well Mollie, let me put your mind at ease. It was good, and then some...


Enjoy the photos from the Manchester show and check out the lyric video for the new single Truth Is A Wolf. Visit www.molliemarriott.com to find more.


Gary Gilmurray 

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray