About Molasses Creek
Photo by Justin Casey
Phenomenal songwriters and interpreters of song, their concerts run the gamut of traditional to contemporary acoustic, sweet ballads with ensnaring vocal harmonies, hot instrumentals, quirky vaudevillian pieces, and captivating stage banter stitching it all together.
Expect the unexpected . . . unexpect the expected!
The band's combination of harmony, humor, and love for the island they call home gives their work a distinct sound and vision.
~ RL, Sing Out Magazine
Where Are They From?
What kismet, what serendipity, what miracle of planetary alignment placed all these incredible musicians in this one place at the same time?
~ Recent Concert Attendee
Where Have They Been?
Wolf Trap caliber performance without the traffic! We loved it. Thank you!
~ Recent Concert Attendee
“They exude sheer joy and talent when it comes to entertaining and more than that – they are delightful people. . . I hail them as a North Carolina Treasure.”
~ Laura Ward, Director, Davie Arts Council, Mocksville, NC
Members of Molasses Creek
Gary Mitchell ~ Vocals, Guitar, Bass. Gary began his performing career at 13 years old with his friend Jim Harper in the folk duet “Ham & Eggs” in Burlington, NC. In his first year at North Carolina State University, he met Gerald Hampton and Stan Brown and discovered bluegrass. After recording 2 albums with “The Wahoo Revue”, Gary went on to play with a number of rock bands (including The Aliens, The Boar Cats, Good Question, and the Ocracoke Rockers) and cabaret theater with his wife Kitty. In 1993 Gary, Kitty and David Tweedie started Molasses Creek and recorded their first album at Doug Rorrer’s studio in Eden, NC. In 1994 Gary began doing his own recording here on the island and has continued engineering and producing numerous albums for Molasses Creek and many other regional artists in his “Soundside Studio”. Gary was responsible for the creation of the “Ocrafolk” label, starting with the “Ocrafolk Music Sampler” series, the “Ocrafolk Opry” variety show, the “Ocrafolk Festival”, and most recently the “Ocrafolk School”
Upon graduation from Davidson College in 1994, he received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel for a year studying changes in fiddling in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After many months of walking into villages with his fiddle on his back, hunting down like-minded tune collectors, Fiddler Dave returned to Ocracoke Island, where he married Amy Howard (a descendent of the quartermaster on Blackbeard’s ship!). To this day, he continues his pursuit of great music, food, quality island life, and wrangling his pirate son, Lachlan. He loves gardening, breadbaking, and woodworking with scraps of lumber that wash up on the beach.