The STEAM Irish Quartet takes its name and inspiration from Chicago native (by way of Doolin, County Clare) John Williams’ 2001 ground-breaking album of the same name. A dynamic blend of traditional Irish and Celtic melodies with modern rhythmic ideas and chord structures, this album explored the themes passed down to him from a family deeply rooted in Irish traditional music. STEAM carries this forward even further by incorporating musicians with backgrounds in the classical and jazz genres. Unpretentious and accessible, their deceptively “simple” music is both emotionally evocative and engaging. Re-imagined arrangements of exuberant jigs and reels as well as quiet, soulful melodies from the West coast of Ireland and beyond create a unique expression of the ever-evolving folk music tradition.
Molly discovered blown glass while studying Art History at Illinois State University. At first contact, she was captivated by the lively material. Her background in historical studies (specifically the Roman Empire) created the need to learn and master the sacred craft of glassblowing. After luckily stumbling into J Draper Glass, she found her hot shop home to evolve and create. Her glass education continues under the mentorship of Jeremie Draper and Brandie Centi- Fislar- assisting both artists, instructing classes, and managing the J Draper Glass Gallery. Molly has a passion for family roots, antiques, female empowerment, and all living things. She translates these values into her work by incorporating found objects into sculptural glass pieces, making historically based functional art, and seeking strength in vulnerability- with glass as a glowing guide.