Bruce Molsky is a New Yorker who latched onto Appalachian music in his college days, particularly the Round Peak fiddling of Tommy Jarrell. He has since become an influential multi-instrumentalist and teacher with a passion for unearthing rare gems of Southern Appalachian music. Bruce’s many musical collaborations include Mark Knophler, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Douglas, Anonymous 4 and our own Carla Gover. His nine solo albums include Lost Boy, Poor Man’s Troubles and Contented Must Be on Rounder Records. Bruce currently teaches at the Berklee School of Music.
Art Mize grew up in southern Kentucky amid a musical family. He is a gifted and versatile fiddler and teacher who was an apprentice to Lexington fiddler and luthier J. B. Miller. From J. B. he learned fiddle repair and construction and was awarded the first Homer Ledford Award for “combining contributions to Kentucky Traditional Music with personal dedication to the instruments themselves.” Art has performed widely with The Bluegrass Collective, Homer Ledford & Stoney Creek and the Kentucky Celtic trio Pale, Stout and Amber. From his luthier’s shop, Art will lead a workshop on the care and keeping of your fiddle.
Andrew Bentley is a fourth-generation herbalist from Lee County who has practiced and taught for nearly 30 years. He still gathers ginseng from the same stand he began digging at age 3. His skills are passed on from his father and grandfather but also from tribal and traditional healers from other cultures. Andrew will offer a virtual nature walk and introduce you to some of the common medicinal plants found in the east Kentucky mountains and meadows in midsummer. He’ll show you how to find and recognize them, discuss how they have been traditionally used and their background in folklore and science.
And just a few of our workshop leaders…
Randy Wilson (Roving Storyteller) from Leslie County, Kentucky, is a talented multi-instrumentalist, dance caller and story teller. He recently retired after decades of engaging public school kids in Leslie and Knott Counties with traditional and home made music, storytelling and dance. Randy has also taught at Hindman’s Family Folk Week. He performed and recorded Heritage on June Appal Records with the late poet James Still. In 2003 he appeared at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and in 2007 at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington.
George Gibson grew up on Burgey’s Creek in Knott County, Kentucky, a community with a rich musical heritage. He learned banjo from listening to his father, uncle and many neighbors. George’s playing uses a driving and complex drop-thumb style strum, two- and three-finger picking and a wide variety of tunings. He has performed widely at regional festivals including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Florida Old Time Music Championships, Augusta, and Home Craft Days. His 2000 June Appal release Last Possum Up the Tree reflects the unique repertoire of Knott County.