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Kashena Sampson & Molly Pinto Madigan
May 16, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Nashville-based Kashena Sampson made her mark in 2017 with the release of her debut record Wild Heart. The album received rave reviews and support from publications such as American Songwriter and Rolling Stone. She soon caught the eye of many respected musicians, going on to share stages with Nicole Atkins, Langhorne Slim, Amythyst Kiah, and more.
A shimmering enchantress, Sampson combines a 70’s folk-rock aesthetic akin to Nicks and Ronstadt with lungs that could shake the walls of an opera house. She has garnering comparisons to prominent acts such as Cat Stevens, Bobbie Gentry, and Bonnie Raitt. On September 10, 2021, Kashena released her long-awaited sophomore record Time Machine. Based on its positive response, it’s safe to say that Sampson’s star is quickly on the rise.
“If her debut offered an initial promise that Sampson was a timeless voice for the years, Time Machine is a 24-carat confirmation that she belongs in the ranks of the greats. Her gold will not tarnish.” – Folk Radio UK
Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan won first place in WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named “Artist of the Year” at Salem State University, her alma mater. Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in the dark, luscious world of ballads, drawn to their magic, and her original songs echo with the whisperings of the American and European traditional music.
Madigan has performed extensively around the Boston area at venues like Club Passim, The Boston Celtic Music Festival, First Night Boston, Cantab Lounge, notloB Parlor Concerts, Campfire Festival, The Lizard Lounge, and The Bull Run, sharing the stage with some big names in folk music, including Claire Lynch, Scott Alarik, Bridget Fitzgerald (of Cherish the Ladies), Robbie O’Connell (of The Clancy Brothers), Susan Cattaneo, Tracy Grammer, and John Carter Cash. Molly has been featured on WUMB’s Local Folk, WATD’s Almost Famous, as well as WBRS’s Off the Beaten Path. She recently won first place in the Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Contest, and was awarded a prestigious Passim Iguana Music Fund for her album, “Wildwood Bride.”