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Molsky's Mountain Drifters and the Farwells in Concert
Sun, April 2, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
This great concert is the culmination of the Old Time Rollick, a wonderful weekend of Old Time music instruction, jamming and dancing, March 31 to April 2, 2017 with these same fabulous musicians.
Tickets go on sale to the public on February 1st.
Molsky's Mountain Drifters
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 the 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.
Becca Wintle has been playing fiddle since young, learning classical from her mother. Raised in Totnes, Devon UK, Becca played fiddle in an English Country dance band for many years and later found herself interested in bluegrass. Debra & Becca met at the Friends of American Old Time Music Festival in Gainsborough, England. They started making music, singing, and recording soon after with Andy Bell at his studio in the Peak District. Becca plays fiddle, guitar and sings lead and harmony in The Farwells. She now lives in the US permanently, in Western Massachusetts, where the Farwells reside.
Debra Clifford is an award winning Lonesome Sister with Sarah Hawker, voted best acoustic duo of 2006 by Gibson Guitars and recording 7 CD’s, which can be found here. Although not currently traveling, they are still making CD's. She plays mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo and tenor guitar, and sings lead and harmony in The Farwells. She is also is a member of Old Buck String Band, having recorded a CD with that band: Emily Schaad, Riley Baugus & Sabra Guzman. She has taught mandolin, singing and guitar at old time music camps and workshops here and abroad, including Ashokan Southern Week and Wheatland. She is the owner of the Old Time Traveling Music School with Val Mindel, and has toured with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz. She is also the owner of Ancestorville, a facebook town with over 60,000 members. Check out The Old Time Rollick that Debra is presenting April 2016 with Bruce Molsky.