Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

~2-Time Grammy Award Nominated Fiddler~
Old-Time, American Roots

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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – Tradition steeped in possibility.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters packs a punch with three of the most captivating performers in the most recent generation of Old-Time and American Roots music.

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.

Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.

These striking musicians have come together for a new sound within the traditional music genre through their audacious approach. “I was looking for a new voice,” says Molsky, “a new avenue of expression using old time mountain music as the jumping-off point, but not being constrained by hard core traditionalism.  Allison and Stash are showing me the way, just where the music is headed, in directions I never would have imagined when I started my own journey into the mountains a long time ago.”

Molsky is easily one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers…he transports you … geographically, historically, and most of all emotionallyMother Jones

It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live.WBUR (Boston NPR)

Allison has it all. . .great clawhammer technique, exquisite tone, timing, taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she’s fearless when it comes to breaking new ground. It’s a thrill whenever I get a chance to play with her.Tony Trishka

With his acoustic guitar, Wyslouch blazes like Eddie Van Halen and then drops into an old-timey ballad.Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

Main Stage
7:10 – 8:00pm

Main Stage
1:10 – 2:00pm

Workshops Lane
Fiddle w/Bruce Molsky
3:30 – 4:30pm

Workshop Lane
Guitar w/Stache Wyslouch & Ed Boyd (Lúnasa)
3:30 – 4:30pm

Dance Stage
Squares & Contras w/Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Becky Hill Calling
6:30 – 8:00pm

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