Best known for his playing of Appalachian music, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky has spent decades learning from the masters of the old-time music tradition. On Friday, June 13, he’s bringing that fiddle, banjo and guitar music to Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven courtesy of the KCT Concert Series.
Highly sought after as a fiddle and banjo teacher, Mr. Molsky does intensive instrument workshops all over the U.S. He teaches as the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp.
The Association For Independent Music chose Mr. Molsky’s Poor Man’s Troubles as its 2001 Traditional Folk award winner. His collaboration with Darol Anger, Michael Doucet and Rushad Eggleston, Fiddlers 4, was nominated for a 2002 Grammy award.
Mr. Molsky’s onstage demeanor is as warm and laidback as the music he performs. His influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues; from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.
Fiddler Magazine said his arrangements for fiddle and voice “sound like Thelonious Monk at a pump organ.”
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance from Aboveground Records, Island Entertainment, and Alley’s; or $25 at the door. Children free. For details, call 508-693-6996.