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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters Workshop

Instructors: Bruce Molsky, Allison De Groot and Stash Wyslouch
Date: Saturday, Oct 14th
Time: 12-2pm (2 hrs)
Cost: $30
Registration closes: Friday, Oct 13
Skill level:  The workshop is designed for fiddlers, banjos and guitars, but other instruments that can play along are welcome too.  Students with some ear-training will be most successful.
Materials provided by student: Your own instrument to play
Class Description: This is a band-lab style workshop. Students will assemble at the start and the band will do a short presentation.  Then students will split into groups according their instruments (fiddles, banjos and guitars) for individual hands-on workshops. Each group will learn the same tune(s). Then the instruments reunite and play the song(s) as a group.



Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Grammy nominated and Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music, Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) presents his new group and self-titled debut album “Molsky’s Mountain Drifters” featuring two of the best next gen trad players, Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls) and Stash Wyslouch (Deadly Gentlemen). Bruce’s previous collaborations include recordings with Anonymous 4, Mark Knopfler on Tracker, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik, BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and “David Holt’s State of Music” airing nationally.

Allison de Groot is known for her great clawhammer banjo technique, exquisite tone, timing, and taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she’s fearless when it comes to breaking new ground.

Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.  Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus 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.”

​– Tradition steeped in possibility

“This record captures all the intricate, meditative, overwhelming joy that I love so much in old time music.” -THE MILK CARTON KIDS-Joey Ryan

“Bruce has always been a major player and influence on all around him. I am happy to say this recording will give him that same stamp of approval from all who hear it.”-​JERRY DOUGLAS

“Bruce Molsky has long been one of my musical heroes, and it is such a joy to hear him in this configuration with the Molsky Mountain Drifters, featuring two of my good friends — Stash Wyslouch and Allison de Groot — accompanying him seamlessly on guitar and banjo. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul-stirring music out there today. It’s hard to believe they are a new trio since the sounds they create together instantly feel so at home. The effortlessness and ease with which Bruce plays and sings has always been something I’ve deeply admired, and that is only highlighted alongside Stash and Allison. It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.” — Sarah Jarosz

About the Bow Weevils

The Bow Weevils are an Olympia, WA Stringband made up of kids who love camping at music festivals together, and  playing for concerts and dances. The Bow Weevils are: Rizley Cox, Hatcher Cox, Ellie Davis, Anna Davis, and Ruby Neatherlin. They play various and ever-changing combinations of fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, washboard, and their voices. With their ripe old ages ranging from 11 to 15, they’ve already had the honor of opening for The Foghorn Stringband and have appeared at multiple festivals and workshops including the Mud City Old Time Social, Dare-to-be-Square West, the Oly Old Time Festival and the Portland Old Time Gathering.

About Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. He has dug into the deepest reaches of mountain music, while growing his own unique voice. Bruce holds a stage as few other musicians can.  His skill at performing a deep and varied repertoire and a reverence for the past, combined with a relaxed, conversational wit, draws listeners in as if they were sitting on the front porch of Carnegie Hall.

The result has landed him in collaborations with some of the most highly respected players in the world, from roots to rock. Molsky is a guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker, playing banjo, fiddle and guitar. His collaboration with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like Andy Irvin​e​’s Mozaik, with Celtic giant Donal Lunny, and he has been featured 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.

These days, he performs with his new trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, and was recently named by Berklee College of Music as its Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program. Through his work there, he is a mentor, friend, and inspiration for the next generation of roots musicians.

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” – Mark Knopfler

“Molsky is easily one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers…he transports you … geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally” – Mother 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)

“An absolute master” – No Depression

“An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal” – Linda Ronstadt

“One of the world’s premier Appalachian-style fiddlers” – Bloomberg News

“A mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old” – Mark O’Connor