Bruce Molsky

Wednesday / March 24, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Alone or with fellow musicians, guitar, fiddle, or banjo in hand, Bruce Molsky has been exploring traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades, synthesizing them and refracting them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his. While most identified with traditional American old-time music, Molsky's influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues, from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.

Soon Be Time is Molsky's newest solo recording and features his unique approach to traditional music. His other recordings have become staples for music lovers of every genre. Among his six solo recordings, Contented Must Be was released in April 2004. Poor Man's Troubles won a 2001 "Indie" award for Best Traditional Folk Recording and received great praise from the Washington Post, Washington Times, Bluegrass Unlimited, and others. Molsky has been featured on Garrison Keillor's acclaimed A Prairie Home Companion radio show. He appears as special guest artist on Darol Anger's Diary of a Fiddler and has been featured in and occasionally writes for Sing Out!, fRoots, Fiddler Magazine, Living Tradition, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Musician, and The Old Time Herald.

The collaboration Highland, Heath & Holler (Molsky, Martin Hayes & Alasdair Fraser) starts its first tour in fall 2006. Fiddlers 4 (with Darol Anger, Michael Doucet, and Rushad Eggleston) was a 2003 U.S. Grammy nominee. Molsky is also a member of Andy Irvine's acclaimed Mozaik (Irvine, Molsky, Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov, and Rens Van Der Zalm). His participation in the latest recording "Abaraka!Tack!" from Swedish/Senegalese duo Ellika & Solo helped earn them the 2005 Swedish "Grammy."

Molsky continues to tour extensively in the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. The long list of great players with whom Bruce has worked includes luminaries like Mike Seeger, Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Dirk Powell, Kevin Burke, Stuart Duncan, Bill Frisell, and Tony McManus.

Molsky is highly sought-after as a fiddle and banjo teacher, and teaches his own intensive instrument workshop all over the U.S. He is a regular instructor at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, Swannanoa Gathering, and others.