Molly Malone's

Two recent projects have raised Shannon McNally’s profile over the past year or so, but collaboration is just one of the singer-songwriter’s strengths.

Scott Miller has performed in Greater Cincinnati in many configurations: with the V-Roys, as the leader of the Commonwealth and as a solo act.

He will try something new Friday night when he plays Molly Malone’s in Covington with Rayna Gellert, a fiddle and viola player who also adds harmony vocals.

Bill Kirchen gave a masters class in music history at Molly Malone’s in Covington Tuesday night. The difference between his presentation and a college lecture was the fact that he was thoroughly entertaining as well as enlightening.

Kirchen, the “Titan of the Telecaster,” is in his mid 60s but retains the impish gleam that he must have had at Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School where he went to class with Iggy Pop. He plays with such joy that it’s immediately obvious why his band is called Too Much Fun.