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*WHAT: Twisted Folk Concert Series Presents: Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, with Eric Thorin

*WHERE: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4, Vallecito

*WHEN: Friday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Gates open 6:30 p.m.

*TICKET INFO: Tickets $20 advance ($18 Twisted Few wine club members), or $25 at the gate, if available. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

*MORE INFO: For more info, or to purchase tickets:  209-736-9080,





Twisted Oak Winery offers music

legends for final concert Aug. 16

VALLECITO — Twisted Oak Winery’s final show of the 2013 Twisted Folk Concert Series features Grammy-award winning Americana music legends Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore on Friday, Aug. 16.

A hot dinner will be available for purchase, along with Twisted Oak wine, brownies by Wren Catering, popcorn, and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics but are asked that no outside alcoholic beverages be brought in.

Seating at Twisted Folk concerts is outdoor festival style, first-come, first-served – bring a low beach-type chair or a blanket. The venue is on top of a hill and there is always an evening breeze – it can get a little chilly after dark. The concert venue offers a sweeping view of the Sierra and the surrounding foothills, presided over by a 350-year old California Blue Oak.

Twisted Oak Winery is located in the foothills of Calaveras County. It specializes in wines made from Mediterranean varieties like Tempranillo, Viognier, and Petite Sirah.

Grammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known as a singer's singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of 3 critically acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded 5 equally well received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill, and I Never Move Too Soon and Every night in The Week for Resounding Records). She's long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of any song she tackles. Amazingly, given how many artists fall to the temptation, O'Brien has mostly managed to resist the siren call of singer-songwriterdom and has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation. The end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.

Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. In an act of utter selflessness, he stayed home with the kids when Mollie and her brother Tim started performing again as a duo in the late 1980s. While she toured all over the world Moore held a day job for years and managed to continue to perform locally with people like Pete Wernick's Flexigrass, Celeste Krenz, and Tom Paxton. Not only is Moore is known to produce some of the funniest running onstage commentary, he's also a power house guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar.