Bruce Molsky


Arbutus Folk School Presents

Bruce Molsky

Opening performance by The Bow Weevils

in Concert on Friday, Oct 19th 7pm at Nova Middle School

Advance tickets prices: $20 adults, $15 youth
Door tickets: $25 adults, $20 youth
Tickets available at:
Nova Middle School: 2020 22nd Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
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The workshop takes a hands-on approach to old time fiddle.  Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together.  We’ll dig into old-time music’s unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc.  The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we’ll be playing! A recorder is highly recommended.  Since developing ear training skills is one of the workshop goals, written music will not be provided.  Suggested experience level:  If you’re comfortable with the instrument and have at least a small repertoire of tunes then you’ll be fine.  The skeleton of the tune is taught first, and then built upon with additional bowing, variations, etc.

About the Bow Weevils


About Bruce

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