Fires are getting stoked for some good musical happenings here 

I hope everyone’s resolutions are in place for 2016. Mine is to keep in touch more! I’ve added concert, workshop and camps dates to the new website and there will be reports from the road and whatever musical items of interest pop up. But what I am most excited about . . .
  
There’s nothing like the anticipation of a concert coming up . . . especially when it’s the first show ever with a brand new band. Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (MMD) played its first a few weeks back, and we’re happy to have some video here! MMD has been coming together for months now, in rehearsals jammed into busy schedules, emails about what to play and how to play it.   
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The Trio! 
Many of the old players I met years ago said that each person should play their own way, have their own voice, even when playing old tunes and songs. I want to see where traditional music is headed through my own eyes, and have been pounding away at the possibilities. And I’ve been lurking and listening to newer voices emerging around me, and want to be part of where they’re headed, too. 
  
Allison de Groot sees it that way, with fresh approach, huge abilities and her own voice, no doubt. She does almost all of it on clawhammer banjo, through her own groups like The Goodbye Girls, Oh My Darling and others. She jumps into jam sessions and on-stage mashups, and the energy just blossoms; you can see it on everyone’s faces. 
  
Stash Wyslouch comes to traditional music through some mysterious creative vortex, with metal and punk at the top, then the transition to acoustic music and finally into the barrel of tradition. His evolution includes the ground-breaking Deadly Gentlemen plus his own groups. His songs simply kick ass. I don’t know how to play them yet, but would like to. 
  
Allison and Stash have agreed to dive into the possibilities with me. And so we’ll be playing concerts and festivals and growing ourselves as a musical unit. In March we’ll be making our first recording, once again stoked at the possibilities of such a snapshot in time. 
  

I hope that Molsky’s Mountain Drifters will always be an old time band steeped in possibility. The journey finding out just what that means is going to be it’s own reward.

                                     

Greetings and Welcome to My New Website! 

We’ve added some new functions and streamlined old ones to make it easier to get around and find things. Please write and let us know what you think.

Next newsletter is going to be going out shortly, and there’s a lot going on. . . concert touring, music camps and festivals are falling into place for 2016. New recordings are in the works. And, very exciting, a brand new band! Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch. First show at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY on December 13, and more to follow! We’re all stoked.

Enrollments are coming in for our new weekend music camp at the Ashokan Campus in New York’s gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Debra Clifford and I are hosting some great teachers for an intense weekend of learning and great community.

Also looking forward to working in the studio producing Joe Walsh’s upcoming CD, and feeling happy to have produced Adrianna Ciccone’s “The Back of Winter,” which helped her to win the Canadian Folk Awards’ Instrumentalist of the Year Award a few weeks ago.

So lots going on, and I love that. I hope you’ll visit often. Hit the contact button, send us a note, and we’ll put you on the mailing list.


Bruce at the Prism Dec '15. Foto by Gary Alter Photography

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Date Event Location
Bruce Molsky @ CONWAY MUSE in Conway, WA CONWAY MUSE, Conway, WA CONWAY MUSE, Conway, WA
Bruce Molsky @ Oly Old-Time Festival in Olympia, WA Oly Old-Time Festival , Olympia, WA Oly Old-Time Festival , Olympia, WA
Bruce Molsky @ Rauland Internasjonale Vinterfestival in Rauland, Norway Rauland Internasjonale Vinterfestival, Rauland, 17 Rauland Internasjonale Vinterfestival, Rauland, 17
Bruce Molsky @ Riksscenen presents: MOLSKY / JÄRVELÄ / EGELAND in Oslo, Norway Riksscenen presents: MOLSKY / JÄRVELÄ / EGELAND, Oslo, Oslo Fylke Riksscenen presents: MOLSKY / JÄRVELÄ / EGELAND, Oslo, Oslo Fylke
Bruce Molsky @ The Town Crier Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Stash Wyslouch & Allison de Groot in Beacon, NY The Town Crier Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Stash Wyslouch & Allison de Groot, Beacon, NY The Town Crier Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Stash Wyslouch & Allison de Groot, Beacon, NY
Bruce Molsky @ Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch also Charm City Junction in Baltimore, MD Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch also Charm City Junction , Baltimore, MD Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch also Charm City Junction , Baltimore, MD
Bruce Molsky @ IMT Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch in Rockville, MD IMT Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch, Rockville, MD IMT Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison deGroot and Stash Wyslouch, Rockville, MD
Bruce Molsky @ Club Passim w/ Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison de Groot & Stash Wyslouch in Cambridge, MA Club Passim w/ Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison de Groot & Stash Wyslouch, Cambridge, MA Club Passim w/ Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Allison de Groot & Stash Wyslouch, Cambridge, MA
Bruce Molsky @ Old Time Rollick - Weekend Fiddle Banjo Guitar Singing at Ashokan in Olivebridge, NY Old Time Rollick - Weekend Fiddle Banjo Guitar Singing at Ashokan, Olivebridge, NY Old Time Rollick - Weekend Fiddle Banjo Guitar Singing at Ashokan, Olivebridge, NY
Bruce Molsky @ Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA
Bruce Molsky @ House Concert & Workshop (2pm) in Healdsburg, CA House Concert & Workshop (2pm), Healdsburg, CA House Concert & Workshop (2pm), Healdsburg, CA
Bruce Molsky @ High Street Concerts - Fiddle Workshop in Lyons, CO High Street Concerts - Fiddle Workshop, Lyons, CO High Street Concerts - Fiddle Workshop, Lyons, CO
Bruce Molsky @ High Street Concerts in Lyons, CO High Street Concerts, Lyons, CO High Street Concerts, Lyons, CO
Bruce Molsky @ Oldtone Music presents Bruce Molsky live at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA Oldtone Music presents Bruce Molsky live at Dewey Hall, Sheffield, MA Oldtone Music presents Bruce Molsky live at Dewey Hall, Sheffield, MA
Bruce Molsky @ Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Bruce Molsky @ Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Paula Bradley and Allison de Groot in Tehachapi, CA Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Paula Bradley and Allison de Groot, Tehachapi, CA Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters w/ Paula Bradley and Allison de Groot, Tehachapi, CA
Bruce Molsky @ Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters Workshop (time TBA) in Tehachapi, CA Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters Workshop (time TBA), Tehachapi, CA Fiddlers Crossing Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters Workshop (time TBA), Tehachapi, CA
Bruce Molsky @ The Da Camera Society Presents Bruce Molsky's Old Time Future at the Banning Museum in Los Angeles, CA The Da Camera Society Presents Bruce Molsky's Old Time Future at the Banning Museum, Los Angeles, CA The Da Camera Society Presents Bruce Molsky's Old Time Future at the Banning Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Molsky @ The Ram Club in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom The Ram Club, Kingston Upon Thames, England The Ram Club, Kingston Upon Thames, England
Bruce Molsky @ The Barn at Three Horseshoes in Towersey, United Kingdom The Barn at Three Horseshoes, Towersey, England The Barn at Three Horseshoes, Towersey, England

Here Aly Bain, Ale Moeller and me are performing in Edinburgh back in 2012. We are back on tour in the UK Oct 22- Nov 3! Thanks to David Vivanco for the video. 

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