This article is about Bruce Molsky as perhaps the premier traditional American old-time fiddler. Like other recent articles on the Tresbear Music blog, this post sprang from our detailed examination of old-time music as one of the music genres serving as inspiration for Tony Huber & Friends and other bands on the Tresbear Music label in Dickson, Tennessee.
Bruce Molsky (Wikipedia | Facebook), one of America’s premier fiddling talents who has been nominated twice for a Grammy, is an American fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, and singer in the tradition of Appalachian old-time music. Molsky is seen by many (and rightfully so, in our opinion) as the go-to guy for the next generation of tradition-minded fiddlers. Bruce is the first permanent visiting professor in Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Program, which is dedicated to exploring the rural and early American music of the first half of the 20th century (1900 to 1950).
The Bronx-raised fiddler started playing the fiddle at age 17 but did not quit his day job until age 40, after he’d married and had a career as a mechanical engineer. These days, Bruce Molsky tours the globe performing Appalachian old-time folk music tunes from the heyday of the old-time genre, teaches classes at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and puts on old-time fiddle workshops. Bruce is known for his distinctive bowing and a clear, droning voice.
He performs on all three instruments (fiddle, guitar, and banjo) in his solo work and, to his credit, also consistently has a few bands going. Molsky has over a dozen albums to date, include “genre-bending collaborations from the multinational Mozaik to the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers 4” (www.motherjones.com) In the summer of 2013 he released the debut CD by his trio which included the Swedish mandola virtuoso Ale Möller and fellow fiddler Aly Bain.
Old-Time Fiddling Tips by Bruce Molsky – YouTube
Resources: Bruce Molsky
- Bruce Molsky – Official home page
- Bruce Molsky – Tour dates
- Bruce Molsky – Wikipedia
- Bruce Molsky Is Not Fiddling Around – Mother Jones – How a Bronx “street urchin” bailed on college, quit his day job, and took the Appalachian music scene by storm
- Bruce Molsky on Facebook
- Bruce Molsky on Twitter
- Old-Time Fiddling Tips by Bruce Molsky – YouTube – Bruce Molsky shows you bow strokes that can help you achieve an authentic ‘old-time’ sound. Molsky is an American fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, and singer. He primarily performs old-time music of the Appalachian region. He is a former member of Fiddlers 4 (with Darol Anger, Michael Doucet, and Rushad Eggelston). His latest album is “If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back.”
- Old-Time Fiddle with Bruce Molsky – Peghead Nation