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.
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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