When: Sun Mar 4th
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole
The Woods Hole Folk Music Society's 40th season will continue with a performance by Appalachian fiddler and singer Bruce Molsky.
Bruce performs on fiddle, voice, banjo and guitar, and his repertoire includes a variety of musical styles, from Swedish dances and Anglo-American ballads to Celtic airs and Romanian gypsy tunes. However, old-time music, the traditional music of the southern Appalachian region with its driving, rhythmic string band sound is his deepest inspiration.
Born in the Bronx in 1955, Molsky discovered old-time music as a teenager. He moved to Virginia in the '70s, learning directly from elderly fiddle masters such as Tommy Jarrell and seeing how the music fit into people's lives. "It was only the older people, of Tommy's generation, who still had the music as part of their everyday existence," he says. "At first, I wanted to live like that, but then I realized I didn't want to claim the culture as my own - I just loved the music."
He became a mechanical engineer and kept music as a hobby until his forties, when he changed his career to full-time touring, teaching and recording. He quickly developed a busy performing career, touring solo to wide acclaim as well as playing with master fiddlers such as Aly Bain of Scotland and Sweden's Ale Möller, and with top groups such as Mozaik, Fiddlers Four and Nickel Creek. His newest band, Jumpsteady Boys, plays global folk and roots music while highlighting American string band traditions such as old-time and bluegrass.
Molsky has produced over a dozen albums and continues to tour and teach, being particularly popular with younger fiddlers at music camps throughout the country. In 2012 he will take a position as Associate Professor in the string department of Boston's Berklee College of Music.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM. Admission is $15 with discounts for members, seniors, youth and children. Community Hall is handicapped accessible. There is no charge for street parking after 6 PM.
Upcoming performances include: March 18, Masters of the Celtic Harp: Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson; April 1, Tight harmonics and bluegrass classics from The Old Time Bluegrass Singers; April 15, The heart and soul of American roots music with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason; April 29, Contemporary singing duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.
The Woods Hole Folk Music Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enjoyment of folk music in all its forms. Concerts are generally held on the first and third Sunday of each month from October to May. They are made possible by support from its members, season subscribers, volunteers, and performers. More information is available at www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic or by calling 508-540-0320.
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