About Bruce Molsky
One of the most influential fiddlers of his generation, Bruce Molsky is also a remarkable guitarist, banjoist and singer. His high-spirited music melds the archaic mountain sounds of Appalachia, the power of blues and the rhythmic intricacies of traditional African music. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune calls him "old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder - a commanding musician with a voracious appetite for traditional music styles." Darol Anger has dubbed him "The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddling."
Bruce's newest solo recording, If It Ain't Here When I Get Back, was released in 2013. His Poor Man's Troubles (Rounder) won a 2001 "Indie" award for Best Traditional Folk Recording and has received great praise from the Washington Post, Washington Times, Bluegrass Unlimited and others. Lost Boy (Rounder) and Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown (Rounder) have become staples for traditional music enthusiasts everywhere. Bruce has been featured on Garrison Keillor's acclaimed A Prairie Home Companion radio show with Fiddlers 4, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, and with Big Hoedown. He also appears as special guest artist on Darol Anger's "Diary of a Fiddler" (Compass Records). He has been featured in and occasionally writes for Sing Out!, Fiddler Magazine, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Musician, The Old Time Herald and Banjo Newsletter.
Bruce's band Fiddlers 4 (Bruce, Darol Anger Michael Doucet and Rushad Eggleston) was a 2003 Grammy Nominee! He is also a member of Jawbone (with Tony Trischka and Paula Bradley) and Andy Irvine's Mozaik (Andy, Bruce, Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov and Rens Van Der Zalm). Bruce continues to tour extensively as a solo artist. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York and The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. He toured the U.K. with internationally acclaimed fiddler Kevin Burke and others on the Fiddles on Fire tour. Along with Mark O'Connor and Natalie MacMaster, Bruce and was a featured performer at Fiddles of the World in Nova Scotia in 1999. The long list of great players with whom Bruce has worked includes luminaries like Martin Hayes, Mike Seeger, Stuart Duncan, Bill Frisell, Tony McManus and Alasdair Fraser.
Renowned musicians Tommy Jarrell and Albert Hash were two of Bruce's mentors in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he first learned to play. Thanks in part to his time spent with these old masters, Bruce has earned numerous awards at fiddle and banjo contests around the south, including Galax, Virginia; Mount Airy, North Carolina; and the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia.
Bruce is a highly sought-after fiddle and banjo teacher, and teaches his own intensive instrument workshop program all over the United States. He is an instructor at Swannanoa Gathering, Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp and others.