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Blue Molly: Happy to be blue

Molly Bouwsma

Molly Bouwsma /All photos by Dustin Tinney

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Lynn Lidstone

Lynn Lidstone

Grand Rapids has an enormous amount of talented musicians, not the least of which being Daniel and Brett Beelen, two members of the band, Blue Molly.

Blue Molly is composed of a diverse group including a business owner, two auto industry workers, and a couple of students:  Daniel Beelen (51)-Bass Guitar, backing vocals; Molly Bouwsma (23)- Lead vocals; Darryl Matthews (44) –Lead/Rhythm guitar; Lynn Lidstone-Organ/piano (51); and Brett Beelen (22)-Drums.  While Daniel is Brett’s father, and Brett and Molly having played music together since grade school, Daniel explained, “The rest of the band members met while performing in church. After recognizing each other’s passion for music, the four of [us] decided to pursue something more serious." Brett explained further, "The band members (Brett, Lynn, Darryl and Dan) have been playing together with a mix of other musicians for the past six years. Molly was introduced and joined the group in 2007.”

Although Molly is the front-woman, Daniel is responsible for auditioning and assembling the band and is considered the band leader.  According to him, “When the band first began, we rehearsed every week for four hours. Since we have established a strong repertoire, we rehearse bi weekly for about three hours.”

When asked about influences, Daniel and Brett replied, “Each member is inspired by many different sources, and implement musical ideas and feels in their own playing. The band itself however does not aspire to sound like any particular artist.”  

And about their name? “The lead singer’s name is Molly and we play the blues.”

Blue Molly often performs at Billy’s Lounge in Eastown, and at HopCat downtown. 

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