Bruce C. Molsky (b.
Manhattan, New York, 1955) is an American fiddler, banjoplayer, guitarist, and singer. He primarily performs old-time musicof the Appalachian region.
He was born in 1955 at New York Infirmary in Manhattan, and grew up near St. James Park in
The Bronx. His father, Milton, a mechanical engineer, was a first-generation American descendant of Jewish immigrants from Poland.
As a young man, Bruce first became interested in
bluesmusic, but eventually became absorbed in old-time musicwhile studying engineering at Cornell Universityin Ithaca, New York, beginning in 1972. His playing was influenced by the fiddling of Tommy Jarrell, whom Molsky visited in North Carolinain 1976. He recorded with Bob Carlinin 1990, has released several records on Rounder Recordsunder his own name. He recorded with Beverly Smith and Rafe Stefanini as Bruce Molsky and Big Hoedown, in 1997. He has also appeared in instructional videos teaching old time fiddle, both solo and with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer.
Besides his solo recordings he has also played with the bands
Fiddlers 4and Mozaik and played in many concerts and festivals.
He formerly lived near Washington, D.C., then lived for a time in
Beacon, New York, but now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Audrey.
* [http://www.brucemolsky.com/ Bruce Molsky official site]
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