On the fringes of Ballard not far from Phinney
Ridge lies Molly MaGuire's, a small Irish pub, nestled in an old
established business community at 610 NW 65th Street, between
8th and 3rd Avenues NW. Here you will find a bowl of Irish Stew
or; a pint of Guinness, pulled in slow motion. On Monday nights
you will also find open mic "Diva" Linda Lee, hosting
her new open mic.
Linda Lee is a veteran of hosting open mics, as shown by her many
years at the Dubliner and Mulleady's. She is all about community
spirit and encourages players to back each other up. A small drum
set, keyboard, bass and guitar (a backline set-up) are provided.
Linda has a large cirlcle of musicians who have played her open
mics, I'm sure they will be dropping by from time to time. I have
played in some fun jams with Linda at the Dubliner and Mulleady's.
Linda plays everything on the stage and will play with you if
Some musicians however, want to play solo and that's OK too. You
can do your 15 min. set with just you and your guitar or sax or
just about anything you want. You will hear all styles there;
Traditional, Folk, Blues, Rock, Country, Hawiian, Jazz etc.
Molly Maguires, is a cozy space, with a pool table in the back
room. This is a good place to have supper and a glass of wine
or a stout. Neighbors hang out in this community oriented pub
and enjoy the music while they socialize along side the long,
wooden bar with stools scattered up and down it's length. The
bartenders and wait staff make you feel right at home and they
have some good food with a full bar. Did I mention the Irish Stew
This is music serving a purpose, being part of the community,
where everyone has access to the music and the music has access
to them. A place where musicians can try out new ideas with new
musicians they have just met. You might meet your next band mate
there. From what I have seen, Linda fosters this kind of spirit
where ever she goes., bringing musicians together.
She regularly supports other open mics and is an accomplished
musician with and endless repertoire, crossing over and over the
genre spectrum. When you think of open mics in Seattle, you think
of Linda Lee. She is part of the fabric of this network of creativity.
She is a big part of the reason why we have open mics, we owe
our thanks to her and people like her. I remember the time, shortly
after Johnny Cash passed away, she came into O'Shea's Pub dressed
like Johnny and did a tribute to him, playing his songs, with
Ricky Herrin on bass. One year John Weiss had a special Halloween
open mic, by invitation and Linda came dressed in witch attire,
singing scary songs! Linda gives the open mic community character
and adds some sparkle to it.
Molly's has a small well lit stage with a sound system. Being
a small room you don't have to be very loud there. This is an
intamate room where you can make good contact with your audience,
they're right in front of you. The room has a good sound, ideal
for the folk singer or a scaled down band. Sign up at 6:00 PM
every Monday, 610 NE 65th Street, Ballard, 206 789-9643
Open mic news:
For all you Lake Forest Park / Victory open mic fans it's sad
news. The open mic has been terminated by the management of the
commons, due to demand for the space. The 19th of Dec. is the
last one which; by the time you read this, will be history. Hats
off to Ed Zindcavage for running the open mic there, we will talk
more with Ed soon. Also thanks to Allen Camhi for taking over
Ed's job there these last few months.
There is talk of perhaps two new ones; in Everett and at Alderwood
Mall. Well the scence keeps churniing over and over.
The Ugly Mug open mic, in Renton, is now every 2nd and last Friday
of the month. "Why don't they just do it every Friday"
(nuge nuge). Thom Thornsberry Smith will be there to greet you!
And last but not least, the Victory open mic at Crossroads Mall
in Bellevue will change from Wednesday to Thursday night, after
the new year. This is a great open mic with great sound by Bob
Conger. The food court has all kinds of really good food and people
come on a regular basis to hear the music. You will see a lot
of amazing talent there as well as some beginners. It's a family
"Ramblin' Mike" wishes you all a happy holiday season
and all the best in the New Year! Play lots of music! Have a happy
open mic season! Be inspired! Be inspirational! And remember what
Frank Rupert wrote in Dune, "fear, is the mind killer"
Michael Guthrie is a singer/songwriter who regularly plays venues
in the NW. and is a Victory Music sound volunteer. He has produced
his own CD and ran his own coffee house/cafe, The Village Green
Cafe in Kaslo, BC. '73-'79.
He studied sound engineering and recording at : Sound Master Recording
Studios in North Hollywood, CA '87 contact: email@example.com