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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters brings tradition steeped in possibility. The grace and wisdom of longtime fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, described as “an absolute master” (No Depression) melds with the electricity of guitarist Stash Wyslouch, “a brilliant and free-thinking mind” (Chris Eldridge, Punch Brothers), and banjo player Allison de Groot’s “exquisite tone, timing, and taste” (Tony Trishka) to bring new ideas to old music. Hear the satisfying blend of these distinct yet harmonious musicians bring the folk tradition to the intimate Music Room.
“They are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul-stirring music out there today… It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.” — Sarah Jarosz
Bruce Molsky, fiddle
Allison de Groot, banjo
Stash Wyslouch, guitar
Grammy-nominated and Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music, Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) presents his new group and self-titled debut album Molsky’s Mountain Drifters featuring two of the best next-gen trad players, Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls) and Stash Wyslouch (Deadly Gentlemen). Bruce’s previous collaborations include recordings with Anonymous 4, Mark Knopfler on Tracker, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik, BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and David Holt’s State of Music airing nationally.
Allison de Groot is known for her great clawhammer banjo technique, exquisite tone, timing, and taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she’s fearless when it comes to breaking new ground.
Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus superb guitar and vocal chops.
A familiar name in Roots music, fiddler Bruce Molsky created his own group with next-gen trad players Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch.
These striking musicians have come together for a new sound within the traditional music genre through their audacious approach. “I was looking for a new voice,” says Molsky, “a new avenue of expression using old time mountain music as the jumping-off point, but not being constrained by hardcore traditionalism. Allison and Stash are showing me the way, just where the music is headed, in directions I never would have imagined when I started my own journey into the mountains a long time ago.”