Grammy nom­i­nated mu­si­cian to per­form in Fresh­wa­ter

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Grammy nom­i­nated mu­si­cian Bruce Mol­sky will be in Fresh­wa­ter, Con­cep­tion Bay next week for a con­cert cel­e­brat­ing the fid­dle, banjo and song tra­di­tions of Ap­palachia.

Con­sid­ered by many to be “the pre­miere old-time fid­dler in the world, great banjo player and fine singer,” Mol­sky is the “defin­ing vir­tu­oso of Ap­palachia’s folk mu­sic tra­di­tions,” ac­cord­ing to Jean­nie Hew­son, who is bring­ing the mu­si­cian to the prov­ince for the Fresh­wa­ter show and work­shops in St. John’s.

Singer Linda Ron­stadt has been quoted as say­ing: “ There’s an in­cred­i­ble power of his­tory and tra­di­tion in his vo­cals.”

Mol­sky per­forms both as a solo artist and mem­ber of var­i­ous high pow­ered groups, in­clud­ing the Grammy nom­i­nated Fid­dlers Four, Mozaik, with Ir­ish mu­si­cians Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny and High­land, Heath and Holler, with ac­claimed Scot­tish fid­dler Alas­dair Frasier.

He has six solo record­ings to his name, and his work has won an In­die award, a Swedish “Gram­mis” and he has been nom­i­nated for two Gram­mies.

He has toured world­wide and has been fea­tured on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion.

New­found­land mu­si­cians Gerry Strong, Wanda Crocker and Jean Hew­son will open the Fresh­wa­ter con­cert, which is set for 7:30 p.m., Mon­day, Sept. 19 at the United Church Hall.

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