Bruce Molsky stands today as one of the finest old-time fiddlers in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions.
In addition to a prolific solo career, performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, Mozaik, and Donal Lunny. He was on Nickel Creek’s farewell tour, and performs in a trio with Aly Bain and Sweden’s great Ale Moller (who after their last stormer of a gig, will be back in the Tolbooth in November).
Whether performing an ancient reel from Virginia, a Swedish waltz, or a loping cowboy ballad, it’s a very personal sense of authenticity that deeply informs his music.
Linda Ronstadt hears that same honest beauty in Molsky’s singing. She placed his singing of “Peg’n’Awl” on her Rhapsody playlist, alongside Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chet Baker. “Bruce has has that ability to track deep emotion in his voice, without any unnecessary adornment,” she says.
Molsky is truly old-time’s master craftsman, sharing his passion for his music in a way which truly connects to his audience.
“The Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle.” Darol Anger, fiddler