Bruce Molsky, Old Time Music Master

Bruce Molsky of Washington, DC is a master of old-time music, a walking encyclopedia of the roots of storytelling folk. He performs live in concert Friday, March 15, for the monthly Portland Folk Music concert at Carvlin Hall, St. Philip Neri Church, SE 16th and Division.

Molsky left a career in mechanical engineering in his 40s to become a keeper of old-time music traditions. He is teacher, performer, collector, collaborator and international ambassador with nineteen CDs and a heart full of old-time Appalachian traditions. Darol Anger calls him “the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle.”

Molsky says, “I think most of us who play ‘antique’ music feel like moving parts in some big time machine contraption that chugs along and will outlast us all. I love that.” (

Also on the bill is Tatiana Hargreaves, the 14-year-old fiddling and banjo pickin’ phenomenon from Corvallis and a rapidly rising star. ( and Hank Payne and Claire Favro  hailing from Poulsbo, Washington (

Music begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are $17 non-members, $14 members, $8 children 12-18, free under 12. Advance tickets: /503.551.8849.

Bruce Molsky, Old Time Music Master

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