Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar
Classes are limited in size so sign up ASAP at
$20 – $30 sliding scale
(potential scholarship assistance available-inquire if help is needed)

Participants will have the opportunity to play and learn with some of America’s most respected old time musicians. Join Bruce Molsky (fiddle), Allison de Groot (clawhammer banjo) and Stash Wyslouch (guitar) for hands-on old time music workshops.

The evening will start with separate groups meeting for 90 minutes to dig into the details of each instrument:

Bruce’s fiddle group will explore a couple of fiddle tunes to uncover some of the magic that makes old-time fiddling unique and powerful.

Allison’s musical voice on banjo is precise and beautifully phrased. She will guide students through making variations on a tune with rhythmic and melodic ideas.

Stash’s guitar playing is simply like no other, and his approach to old time music is rich with new and old ideas. He’ll guide students through some very cool chord accompaniment, bass runs, and how to bring the tunes alive.

After the individual workshops, we’ll all meet together for some informal jamming and enjoy some tunes together!

Experience level: for anyone who can learn short phrases of melody or simple chords by ear. Participants are welcome to record the lessons for their own use.
About the band:
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters is Bruce Molsky, Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch.

Bruce, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, has collaborated in a wide variety of styles for decades. Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce 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. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.

Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at venues such as Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Tønder Festival in Denmark. In addition to the Mountain Drifters, she performs with her group The Goodbye Girls, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and others.

Stash is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass band, The Deadly Gentlemen, and now Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. He also explores other acoustic music worlds with his own Stash! Band.

Supported by a grant from Bubbaville and the generosity of Neighborly Music and the Pacific Crest Community School.