THE first woman in the 27 year history of International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to be nominated and win the Guitar Player of the Year title will be coming to Presteigne to play in May.

Molly Tuttle, who releases her solo debut EP Rise on March 9 ahead of a full album later in the year, will be appearing at The Dukes in Presteigne on May 3.

Molly performed at the Celtic Connections festival in Scotland in January and she returns to the UK to co-headline a tour with Rachel Baiman.

The softly spoken 24 year old musician was described by Premier Guitar as “among the most brilliant guitarists in this new generation” and her local appearance is another coup for the small border town adding to the string of contemporary American musicians who have played at venues Presteigne.

Molly’s forthcoming EP of seven original songs reveals the scope of her diverse influences and builds a bridge from Bluegrass to Americana music exploring what her six-string guitar can do.

Her songs Save This Heart and Lightning in a Jar have already been added to the influential Americana playlists Acoustic Love and Afternoon Acoustic streaming platforms.

Molly is touring in the US until April, when she returns to the UK to tour with Rachel Baiman.