Molsky's Mountain Drifters at the Historic Octagon Barn Center


Sun Feb 19 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm


Octagon Barn | San Luis Obispo, CA

An evening of music from the southern Appalachian songbook and other musical traditions from around the globe.
About this Event

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters trio has been leading the current wave of

interest in old time mountain music with a distinctive and high-powered take on

southern old time tunes and songs. They also bring their collective voice to other

traditional styles. The result has great diversity, drawing many styles into a

common space that audiences love to be a part of.

Grammy-nominated and described as “an absolute master” (No Depression),

Bruce Molsky transports audiences to another time and place, with his authentic

and personal interpretations of rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook

and other musical traditions from around the globe. Best known for his work on the

fiddle, Bruce’s banjo, guitar and his distinctive, powerful vocals also resonate with

listeners. His combination of technical virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit

makes a concert hall feel like an intimate front porch gathering.

Bruce's take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world's

most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend

rocker Mark Knopfler’s recent CD, “Tracker.” His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home

with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks. Along with Andy Irvine &

Donal Lunny, Bruce is a founding member of the supergroup Mozaik, with three

recordings. You can see Bruce on the BBC TV “Transatlantic Sessions” with Aly

Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on “David Holt’s State of Music” on PBS. He stays

active touring and recording with longtime collaborators Darol Anger, Tony

Trischka and Mountain Drifters’ Allison de Groot.

A founding member of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Allison de Groot drills down

on her love for old-time and traditional music, and with a creative approach to the

banjo, and has formed her own sound – distinctive and full of personality. Her

collaborations with Tatiana Hargreaves, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Goodbye

Girls and Nic Gareiss provide spaces to explore the role and dimensions of

clawhammer banjo. She has performed at Newport Folk Festival, Celtic

Connections, Rockygrass, Hardly Strictly, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Tønder Festival,

and many others over years of collaborations. Her album with Tatiana Hargreaves

won "Best Bluegrass Album" from the Independent Music Awards and was

nominated for 'Liner Notes of the Year' at the International Bluegrass Music

Association awards.

The newest addition to the trio, Reed Stutz brings instrumental fluency and a

fresh, unique voice to string band music. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, he

has performed around the country with musicians including Alice Gerrard &

Tatiana Hargreaves, Bella White, and Bruce Molsky & Allison de Groot, playing at

festivals such as Grey Fox, IBMA World of Bluegrass, Porch Pride, and Old Tone

Roots Music Festival. His mandolin playing and singing can be heard all over

Bella White’s acclaimed debut album “Just Like Leaving” on Rounder Records,

and he appears on Joe Troop’s album “Borrowed Time.”



$30 advance / $35 door (subject to availability)

This show will be held in the Milking Parlor at the Historic Octagon Barn Center. Doors will open at 6pm with music beginning at 7. Seating is first come, first served. If you have a unique seating requirement please email and we will do our best to accommodate your request. The Octagon Barn Center is ADA accessible.


The use of facemasks is encouraged but not required. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.


Other than personal water bottles, no outside food and/or drink is permitted inside the venue. The Octagon Barn Center is a non-smoking facility.


Where is it happening?

Octagon Barn, 4400 Octagon Way, San Luis Obispo, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


USD 30.00

Seven Sisters Folklore Society

Host or Publisher Seven Sisters Folklore Society

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