Sponsored by Goat Peak Strings & Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts
PARLOR SESSION #1 // Bruce Molsky & Molsky's Mountain Drifters
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Bruce Molsky & Molsky's Mountain Drifters
We're kicking off this Parlor Session* season in high form, with American fiddle master Bruce Molsky and the Mountain Drifters: Allison de Groot on banjo and Stash Wyslouch on guitar. Think of this night as one part tradition; three parts infinite possibility.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with 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 de Groot combines wide-ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops. Chances are, you'll see Stash more than once in the Parlor Sessions this year. Keep an eye out.
"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" -- Mark Knopfler
"Molsky is easily one of the nation's most talented fiddlers...he transports you ... geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally" -- Mother Jones
"It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live" -- WBUR (Boston NPR)
"An absolute master" -- No Depression
"An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal" -- Linda Ronstadt
"One of the world's premier Appalachian-style fiddlers" -- Bloomberg News
"A mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old" - Mark O'Connor
The Parlor Sessions
ABOUT THE PARLOR SESSIONS
On assorted winter Sundays, we welcome American roots musicians into the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup, and an all-comers' jam. So bring your instrument with you. These Parlor Sessions are our antidote to the dark of winter. They're a little like home, if home is a houseful of wicked great musicians. The Parlor Sessions are sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, the Easthampton shop with rare, vintage, and handmade instruments; and with generous donations from Captain Jack's Roadside Shack, Bread Euphoria, Hungry Ghost, and Florence Pie Bar.