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Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore performed at the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
- "Dead and Lovely"
- "The Ghost of You Walks"
- "West Virginia, My Home"
- "I Hung My Harp Upon The Willow"
Mollie O'Brien has appeared on Mountain Stage 12 times in its 27-year history, most recently when the show began its 28th season in Glasgow, Scotland as part of the 2011 Celtic Connections festival. She is joined on stage by her partner in life and music, guitarist and singer Rich Moore.
With their children off to college, the two have finally found time to record their first proper studio collaboration, Saints & Sinners. They play two songs from their new release, as well as "West Virginia, My Home," written by West Virginian and roots music icon Hazel Dickens. The duo is joined by Mollie's brother, Tim O'Brien, also a guest of Celtic Connections. "Dead and Lovely" was written by Tom Waits, while "The Ghost of You Walks" is by Richard Thompson. The Mountain Stage band joins in for "I Hung My Harp Upon the Willow," written by John Douglas about the Scottish poet Robert Burns, a song Mollie learned from another Scottish star, Eddi Reader.
The segment ends with pianist Bob Thompson's tribute to the late Billy Taylor, "I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free."
This Mountain Stage performance originally ran on April 7, 2011.