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Old Time Fiddle Tunes: A Workshop with Bruce Molsky
September 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Handmade Music School presents Old Time Fiddle Tunes: A Workshop with Bruce Molsky on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30pm EDT. The workshop will take place at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, VA. Cost is $35.
Bruce will guide fiddlers through several old time fiddle tunes from different regions and highlight some of what’s unique and compelling about each. Starting with simple melody, we’ll add ornaments and bowing as we go. Participants can build their own renditions, or keep it simple and solid. Playing good music doesn’t mean being fancy! There will be lots of repetition of phrases, and questions and conversation are welcome. It will be so exciting to be live in-person!
Come spend a day full of music in Floyd and stay for Bruce Molsky’s live show at 7:30pm at The Floyd Country Store!
Suggested experience level: If you have at least a small repertoire of tunes and feel comfortable learning short phrases by ear, then you’ll be fine.
About Bruce Molsky
Grammy-nominated, described as “an absolute master” (No Depression), Bruce’s take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world’s most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler’s recent CD, “Tracker.” His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks, and the third record with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik was released last year. You can see Bruce on the BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions Videos with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on “David Holt’s State of Music” airing nationally. His trio, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters includes banjo virtuoso Allison de Groot and genre-defying Stash Wyslouch on guitar. Their self-titled CD has been released to great acclaim and their most recent release “Closing the Gap” topped the Folk-DJ charts.
Berklee College of Music has made Bruce their Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program where Bruce is the go-to guy for the next generation of roots musicians.
“Performing and teaching traditional music is the biggest thing in my world. For me, being a musician isn’t a standalone thing; it informs everything I do in my life. It’s always been about being creative and being a part of something much bigger than myself, a link in the musical chain and part of the community of people who play it and love it.” — Bruce Molsky
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