Molsky’s Mountain Drifters finished up our 16 day UK & Ireland tour at King's Place London last week, with a surprise guest, John Paul Jones, joining us for a tune!
Home for a minute. . . then off again. . .
I make a bad joke from the stage at a lot of concerts. It’s bad because it’s true. “Sign up for my monthly newsletter, which goes out about every six months,” I say. Makes me think of the Cajun comedian and chef Justin Wilson, who used to say “It’s not an excuse, it’s a reason!” So I’m invoking Justin Wilson here, which also kind of applies.
My reason, not excuse, for not writing, is just being busy with music, and nothing could make me happier. The Mountain Drifters just returned from our first tour in the UK and Ireland. We got to play in some beautiful halls, met new friends and old, and saw some nice countryside, though much of it from the motorway. We can’t wait to get back there for Celtic Connections Festival in January! It’s worth mentioning here that we’re thrilled to be working with ABM Management for our UK and Ireland bookings. This was our first time together, and it’s great to be with Alan Bearman and his organization.
It’s been a busy time all around for the trio. Allison, Stash and I are scheming up our next recording and plan to hit the studio in February.
But next up is Australia! Starting with Woodford Folk Festival north of Brisbane, and a mere 1900 miles south of the equator, then working our way south with shows and workshops, and eventually to Tasmania for the Cygnet Folk Festival.
We’ll also be way closer to home this winter and spring. See the tour schedule on this email or on the web page. And I’ll be returning to teach at Berklee College of Music in our American Roots Music Program, an honor I look forward to every day.
Debra Clifford and I will once again be hosting the 3rd Annual Old-Time Rollick at the beautiful Ashokan Center in the Catskills, another intense weekend of old time music immersion and we are so happy to welcome back the staff and adding Mark Wholley for even more singing and beginner guitar!
Of course, with the holidays fast approaching, please think of us when you think of gifts for your music-loving friends. The Mountain Drifters CD, my recent solo DVD/CD “Can’t Stay Here This a-Way” and just about all my other titles can be shipped right away. Order at the brucemolsky.com/store. Also, the April 2018 Old Time Rollick makes a gift too - it's filling up! Join me with the Mountain Drifters and The Farwells for our weekend music intensive at Ashokan.
There’s no escaping it’s been a tumultuous year, here at home and in so many places around the globe.Thank you all for being in my world - Audrey and I wish you a great holiday season and a peaceful and happy new year.
Take care, drive safely, stay in touch and have fun!