Help, I'm swamped! May 2016 

Just thought it might be nice to have a new recording this year -- as it turns out, there are now three...

 
The first one is just out - a year in the making, “Can’t Stay Here This a-Way” is a DVD/CD set from David Bragger’s wonderful Tiki Parlour series. Not a studio recording at all in the traditional sense, I showed up at David’s with just some rough ideas and music rattling around in my head. He planted me in front of the camera, and I just ‘went.’  One tune led to the next; there are some old favorites and also some new developments. 
The Old Time Tiki Parlour beautiful, quirky aesthetic is all over every aspect of the package. And there are some nice historical embellishments to my own notes by the scholarly Chris Berry. 
It’s now available on our website store!
And the first Review: 
  • These are sublime examples of Bruce singing while playing fiddle... Molsky is a master of blending his voice and intricate fiddle playing. There are no shortage of phenomenal fiddle tunes on this recording... Bruce displays his guitar mastery [and] superb banjo playing. Folkworks.org
Sneak peek from the recording with Arto Järvelä and Ånon Egeland
And then there was the one that wasn’t planned at all . . . I was at the Rauland Winter Festival in Norway this past February with Arto Järvelä and Ånon Egeland. The plan was to play a few shows together, share some music and a good visit. And somehow we ended up with that, plus a couple of days in the recording studio where we put down some track and then we added live performances done in Oslo later that week. It was magic playing with those guys. Coming June 23!  

And THEN Molsky’s Mountain Drifters -- Allison de Groot, Stash Wyslouch and me. The new CD is recorded, and will be out in mid-July. We love playing together, and love where this is going!

In the meantime, I'm in England and Scotland for solo shows in some of my very favorite spots. It’ll be great to see old friends at The Old Queens Head in Islington, and also explore some new places like Kingskerswell in Devon. And then up into the Scottish Highlands for some fresh air and maybe a dram or three.

In the Hudson Valley in New York where I live, a new publication has been launched by the awesome photographer Kate Orne. Upstate Diary is an ongoing journal of photo essays, and I’m so pleased to have been featured this month.  http://www.upstatediary.com/bruce-molsky/  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UpstateDiary/

Summer camp and festival season will be firing up shortly, too - check the tour page for for all the goings on - I hope to see you out there.

Here’s to being swamped!
Warm wishes,
Bruce 

p.s. If you haven't been able to get into my other workshops, you might take a look at:
Berklee’s Global String Intensive - there will be an incredible palette of bow-based styles, from folk and bluegrass to jazz, classical, middle eastern music and everything in between. It’s been life-changing for me to be part of the Berklee community, and this event is really a confluence of many of the things that make it a great place to study.



 
Bruce UK Tour 5/20-6/5
  • 5/20    Ram Club, Kingston Upon Thames
  • 5/21    The Barn at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey
  • 5/22    Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot
  • 5/24    Dartford Working Man’s Club, Dartford
  • 5/25    Old Queens Head, Islington
  • 5/26    Bury Art Museum, Bury
  • 5/27    The Old Laundry Theatre Laundromat, Bowness
  • 5/28    The Hippodrome, Eyemouth
  • 5/29    Roseangle Cafe, Dundee West Church
  • 5/31    Bonar Bridge Village Hall, Bonar Bridge
  • 6/1    Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Teangue
  • 6/2    Crafts and Things, Glencoe
  • 6/4    Washington Arts Centre, Washington
  • 6/5    Barnsley Civic, Barnsley
Molsky's Mountain Drifters with Allison & Stash:
  • 6/11    Morgan Opera House Aurora, NY
  • 6/12    Private Germantown, NY
Bruce Solo
  • 6/19-25    Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop, Indianapolis, IN
  • 6/26-7/1 Berklee Global String Intensive, Boston, MA
  • 7/2 Club Passim with Darol Anger, Cambridge, MA
  • 7/9 New Bedford Folk Festival, New Bedford, MA
  • 7/17-24 The Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, NC
  • 7/27 Hugh's room, Toronto, Canada
  • 7/28-8/2 The Woods Music and Dance Camp
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Peghead Nation has just released the first of 6 more months of new tunes for my on-line video fiddle course. You can take a test drive of the course here: pegheadnation testdrive .

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February 2016 

Making record time. . .

I made record time driving from home in the Hudson Valley in New York to Newark Airport last week. Usually there’s tons of time to sit in traffic and cogitate about what’s up, what’s to do. Luckily (and thanks to the coffee), today my mind was also racing at about the speed of my car: 

Last weekend belonged to the Olympia Old Time Music Festival in Washington State. So great to be in one of the epicenters of old-time music for millennia, and this festival is in the middle of that middle. 
Now there’s a day to pack, and then the Rauland Vinterfestivalen in Norway. Yes, it’s cold, but so beautiful. And passionate musicians! Workshops, jams and craic in a nice warm school building.  Add a couple of concerts with Arto Järvelä and Ånon Egeland, one in the beautiful Riksscenen in Oslo. I can’t wait for that.

Then it gets busy. Our new trio, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters will be hitting the road with concerts throughout the year (including one in my little city of Beacon, NY at the legendary Towne Crier on March 6!) We’re also hitting the studio to record our first CD at Dimension Sound Studios. Looking forward to working once again with whiz engineer Dan Cardinal there.

I’ll be bouncing all over the place with solo concerts and workshops. Please take a look at my tour page for dates and deets. Two-and-a-half weeks in Scotland and England will be a special highlight in May.

There are some very special camps, if you’d like to grab your instrument and get your musical feet wet:

Our first annual Old Time Rollick is going to be a great and intense weekend of old time music immersion and community. Debra Clifford and I are hosting at the beautiful Ashokan Center in the Catskills.

Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop will feature musicians from all over the world, proving again that there is more in common between cultures than that which separates them. I’m already ruminating about how the melodies and rhythms of old-time mountain music could intertwine and speak alongside balafon, oud, celtic harp. This should be a wonderful one-week journey, and I’m honored to have been asked.

Berklee’s Global String Intensive will have it’s second gathering in Boston in June as well, and will offer an incredible palette of bow-based styles, from folk and bluegrass to jazz, classical, middle eastern music and everything in between. It’s been life-changing for me to be part of the Berklee community, and this event is really a confluence of many of the things that make it a great place to study.

On the more traditional side of summer music camps, I’m really happy to be returning to Swannanoa for the Gathering’s Old-Time Week. And also to Canada for Woods Camp, and Nimble Fingers for the first time.

Look for a great new CD from Joe Walsh coming soon. Tunes and songs almost all written by the mando master, with equally masterful performances from Brittany Haas, Courtney Hartmann, Karl Doty, plus an occasional dark-cornered Alfred Hitchcock-ish glimpse of me. I’m proud to be producing such a fine and soulful set of music.

If all this helps to bring spring on that much more quickly, then that’s fine with me. I’m into moving quickly. 

Take care, drive safely and stay in touch! 
Bruce
BruceMolsky.com
Molsky's Mountain Drifters with Allison & Stash:
  • Sun, Mar 6 7:30 Towne Crier Cafe Beacon, NY
  • Fri, Mar 18 7:30 Stony Run Friends Meeting House, Baltimore MD
  • Sat, Mar 19 7:30 IMT Rockville, MD
  • Sun, Mar 20 8:00 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
  • Fri, May 6 7:00 Fiddlers Crossing, Tehachapi, CA (w/ Paula Bradley)
  • Sun, May 8 1:30/3:30/5:30 Da Camera Society, LA, CA (w/ Paula)
Bruce solo:
  • Thu, Feb 18 7:00 Rouland, Telemark, Norway
  • Thu, Feb 25 8:30 w/ Arto Järvelä, Ånon Egeland, Oslo, Norway
  • Thu, Apr 7 8:00 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
  • Sat, Apr 9 7:30 wkshp 2pm Healdsburg CA
  • Sat Apr 16 8:00 wkshp 12 High St Concerts Lyons, CO
  • May 20-Jun 6 UK Tour!
Bruce & Debra Clifford's Old Time Rollick
  • Fri-Sun Apr 1-3  Weekend Fiddle Banjo Guitar Singing Dance, Ashoken Ctr, NY
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch
–Tradition steeped in possibility
Live from Jalopy Brooklyn: 
youtube.com/brucemolskymusic
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Peghead Nation has just released the first of 6 more months of new tunes for my on-line video fiddle course. You can take a test drive of the course here: pegheadnation testdrive .

If you’re looking for a musical gift, please check out our new website store..

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Winter 2015 

. . .and boy are my arms tired. . .

Greetings! Just starting to look back at all that’s happened this past year. If I don’t put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, or whatever, the memories will slip away. A few highlights:

A couple of weeks ago was the last concert with Anonymous 4 and our commemorative project, 1865 - Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. It was a fabulous and fun run with four singers I respect so, so much. Sadly, the group is ending at the end of this year - I feel lucky to have snuck in on the tail end of that, and to have been involved in the CD.

Right before that was a couple of weeks of touring with my pals Aly Bain and Ale Möller in Scotland and England. A lot of hours in the van together, and a lot of great conversation. Getting to play music at the end of each day was like a big reward for just having made it to the next stop. I brought back more copies of our CD "Meeting Point" recorded live at The Liverpool Philharmonic during our last tour!

There was the beginning of a new and overdue CD with Mozaik (Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny et al). And I also had the thrill of producing a wonderful CD by emerging artist Adrianna Ciccone, which landed her with Instrumentalist Of The Year in the Canadian Folk Awards. So happy for Adrianna!

And Rollicking Into 2016
The Ashokan Old Time Rollick! For a long time I thought on what an old-time music camp might be if I had the place and time to put it together. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason came through with that opportunity, and the result will be a brand new weekend immersion course. Hosted by Debra Clifford and myself, we’ll be offering fiddle, banjo, guitar, singing and more in a beautiful setting. Info at http://ashokan.org/old-time-rollick/.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. My new trio features clawhammer banjo virtuoso Allison de Groot and incredible guitarist/vocalist Stash Wyslouch. Can’t wait for our very first show together on December 13 at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY (fiddle and banjo workshops that afternoon as well). We’ll be touring around and getting our musical sea legs all through 2016, please check my website for dates.

And speaking of website, I’ve got a brand new one! Same URL (brucemolsky.com), but all reconfigured for easier navigation and new content. Monstrous thanks to Audrey Molsky for putting it all together.

A new, live-in-the-living room DVD will be out in a couple of months on David Bragger’s wonderful Old-Time Tiki Parlour series. Already out are Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Eric & Susie Thompson, Dan Gellert and David's own just out. A real labor of love by a wonderful human being who has dedicated and thrown himself at this very cool project.

Peghead Nation has just released the first of 6 more months of new tunes for my on-line video fiddle course. You can take a test drive of the course here: https://pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/old-time-fiddle/jenny-baker-part-4-embellishments/

So that kind of sums it up for this beginning of the holiday season. If you’re looking for a musical gift, please check out our new website store. Happy holidays to everyone, and please keep on keeping in touch!
Warm wishes for cold months, Bruce

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Molsky's Mountain Drifters with Allison & Stash:
  • Sun, Dec 13 7:30 Jalopy, Brooklyn
  • Fri, Jan 22 7:30 Stony Run Friends Meeting House, Baltimore MD
  • Sat, Jan 23 7:30 IMT Rockville, MD
  • Sun, Jan 31 7:30 The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA
  • Sun, Mar 13 8:00 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Bruce solo:
  • Thu-Sat, Feb 11-13, Oly Old-Time Festival, Olympia, WA
  • Thu, Feb 18 7:00 Rouland, Telemark, Norway
  • Thu, Feb 25 8:30 w/ Arto Järvelä, Ånon Egeland, Oslo, Norway
  • Thu, Apr 7 8:00 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Bruce & Debra Clifford's Old Time Rollick
  • Fri-Sun Apr 1-3 Weekend Fiddle Banjo Guitar Singing Dance, Ashoken Ctr, NY
Mozaik! Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov, Rens van der Zalm and me recording the next Mozaik CD in Nagykovácsi.​ Here is a vid from our last tour:
https://www.youtube.com/brucemolskymusic/watch?v=HNZ0YJw7CM8
 

Music from East South West and North 

Greetings!

On the train to NYC this morning to meet a cousin who I didn’t even know existed a month ago!  Apparently there’s a whole branch of our family in Brazil, and a whole lot of musicians in that branch of the family, so I’m really excited to learn more. My cousin Manu is a very fine samba style guitarist, and we’re both big fans of Luis Bonfa. This is going to be fun!

While the Hudson River is flying by on my left, here’s a little bit of what’s been happening lately, musically speaking:

  • Excited to be returning to Scotland and England with the Aly Bain and Aly Möller Meeting Point Tour starting October 23. And I'll be returning with copies of our CD "Meeting Point" recorded Live at The Liverpool Philharmonic during our last tour! Order now I'll send your copy as soon as I get back from UK. Here's a preview:youtube.com/brucemolskymusic/watch?v=E0hnx2RVRDg
  • The first annual Old Time Rollick is now a reality. Debra Clifford and I are thrilled to be hosting a brand new weekend of old-time music immersion and community, April 1 to 3, 2016 at the Ashokan Campus in the Catskill Mountains. Fiddle, banjo, guitar and singing classes will be offered, plus special sessions in mandolin, dances, jamming, some very fine food, all in a very beautiful setting. Early enrollment discounts before Dec 1! Details and signups here: ashokan.org/old-time-rollick.
  • With 7 years since our last CD, and over a year since our last tour, Mozaik got together near Budapest last month to record. Wonderful new songs from Andy, tunes from Dònal and Nikola, and old tunes from Rens and me. No release date set, but the music is all there. Check out our previous cds:Changing Trains and Live from the Powerhouse. 
  • SUGGESTIONS PLEASE! Peghead Nation just celebrated its first anniversary offering video lessons in a variety of roots styles, and I’ve really enjoyed presenting old-time fiddling there. My next round of filming is in a couple of weeks. What would you like to see? Tunes, topics you’d like to see explored? Please write and send suggestions and thoughts! And if you’re new to Peghead Nation, please check us out with a free month trial at pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/old-time-fiddle.
  • On top of that, I’m honored to have officially joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music. Love my students there and looking forward to digging deeper and deeper into roots music from every possible angle.

It seems like a lot, I suppose it is. But I never ever grow tired of music. Playing, listening, teaching, learning, it’s all good. I hope your musical experiences are wonderful too, and hope to meet you out there! Stay in touch...

Wishing you lots of great music,
Bruce

Bruce’s Fall Tourdates
  • Thur, Oct 15 8:00 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Aly Bain, Ale Moller & Bruce Molsky - Fall UK Tour with the "Meeting Point" 10/23-11/7:
  • Fri, Oct 23 8:00 Universal Hall, Forres, Scotland
  • Sat, Oct 24 8:00 Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer
  • Sun, Oct 25 7:30 Wood End Barn, Banchory, Scotland
  • Tue, Oct 27 7:30 The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
  • Wed, Oct 28 7:30 Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, C9
  • Thur, Oct 29 8:00 The Met, Bury
  • Sat, Oct 31 8:00 Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby
  • Sun, Nov 1 8:00 Saltaire Live, Saltaire, B4
  • Tue, Nov 3 7:00 The Barn, Baston, J9
  • Wed, Nov 4 8:00 The Sage, Gateshead, England
  • Thur, Nov 5 7:30 Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles, Scotland
  • Fri, Nov 6 7:30 Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth
  • Sat, Nov 7 8:00 The Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland
 
Anonymous 4 – Final Season Tour with Bruce
1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War
  • Sat, Nov 14 7:30 The Newman Center, Denver, CO
  • Sun, Nov 15 7:00 St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA
  • Sun, Nov 22 7:00 Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC
Mozaik! Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov, Rens van der Zalm and me recording the next Mozaik CD in Nagykovácsi.​ Here is a vid from our last tour: 
https://www.youtube.com/brucemolskymusic/watch?v=HNZ0YJw7CM8
 
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