Molly and Lee are back by popular demand

The perfect pairing of a rock musician and the daughter of folk royalty has proved to be a heady musical mix that few can resist.

Friday, 25th January 2013, 8:12 am

Molly Jones, the younger daughter of Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, is the partner of Lee Southall, guitarist from acclaimed Merseyside rock band The Coral.

The duo, proud parents to Betty Sue, aged 21 months, went down a storm at Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival in November.

Next week they will play at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, offering some of their thought-provoking, melodic and catchy songs which link acoustic folk, country, blues and more.

Molly and Lee, who now live in Old Town, will be supported by Uncle Wally and Uncle Steve - Wally Woodcock and Steve Andrews - who have been on the Hebden Bridge music scene for a long time and have now collaborated on a writing, recording and mixing project of their own.

Molly, 23, who first played at the Trades as a teenager, said: “I love Liverpool. I felt that I fitted in there straight away - maybe that’s partly because it’s where my dad was born.

“The music scene is brilliant, and the people are fantastic. I needed to spread my wings a little bit, and it’s great to have done it.

“But I needed to come home, especially when Betty Sue came along. My dad lives just across the road from us, and my mum and brother (Joe Tilston, another musical member of the family) are not far away in Keighley.”

And what of 29-year-old Lee: does he feel at home? “It is beautiful here,” he said. “I love the fresh air, and being part of a community. It feels good to have a proper home after years of touring, and Hebden Bridge and Keighley are great places for live music.

“We are well placed for getting to gigs across Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. I still have lots of links with Merseyside and band members from The Coral, so I don’t feel disconnected.

“And Betty Sue is part of both of us, and has her roots in Liverpool and Yorkshire, so she completes the picture.”

Lee’s blues/folk/pop guitar and Molly’s lyrics combine on their debut album, which will be available next month.

They will preview it at the Trades Club gig next Thursday (doors 8pm).