Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. He’s also the classic “musician’s musician” – a man who’s received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators, a true country gentleman by way of the Big Apple.
Bruce digs deep to transport audiences to another time and place. His foils are not only his well-regarded fiddle work, but banjo, guitar and his distinctly resonant vocals. From tiny folk taverns in the British Isles to huge festival stages to his ongoing workshops at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit that can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or parlor jam session.
Larry Marschall was a founder of the Busted-Toe Mudthumpers, predecessor of the Highwoods String Band, and since the 1960’s has played banjo with various bands including Yonder City (with Dick Staber, Tracy Schwarz and Jerry McCoury) and the West Orrtanna String Band, with whom he opened for Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse, Alan Ginsburg, and the Flying Wallendas. He recently returned to performing and teaching bluegrass banjo after a long digression as an astronomy professor and science writer. His banjo style, admired by his peers as both melodically and harmonically inventive, has been described as “full of dark energy”
Tim Rowell is an avid clawhammer banjoist, tune collector, and educator. As a young lad, he was heavily influenced by Pete Seeger and a whole bunch of wonderful musicians from the Hudson River Valley. An award winning player and teacher, Tim has taught and performed at regional schools, stages and music camps from Los Angeles to Boston. Author of several books of clawhammer tablature and producer of Old-Time music CD’s, Tim has a deep interest and affection for Southern Appalachian music and culture. Tim is excited to be back at Banjo Camp North!
Chris Brashear is a sought-after singer and versatile sideman who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. He has toured and recorded with Kentucky Rose, Perfect Strangers, The Maurizio Geri Swingtet, The Colton House Trio, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, and The Piedmont Melody Makers. Chris’s most recent solo recording, Heart Of The Country, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Rooney.