To play traditional music, you’ve got to be something of a folklorist, hand-selecting songs learned from field recordings, festivals, and old-timers. Bruce Molsky goes above and beyond: the world’s premier old-time fiddler walks around with a library’s worth of lyrics and music humming in his head.
Lauren Rioux has toured the United States, Europe and the UK with Darol Anger and his Republic of Strings, as a duo with Brittany Haas, with Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, and most recently with her husband Sten Isak.
Lauren is a proud Maine-iac, born in Portland and raised in East Machias. She graduated from University of Southern Maine with degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education on full-scholarship.
As a classical, Celtic, and folk musician and educator, Tom Morley (author of Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle ) is one of the most visible violinists on the Gulf Coast. Classically trained with a degree in music education, he has played professionally, on stage and recordings, in almost every musical genre, including Celtic, Cajun, folk, bluegrass, classical, swing, jazz, and country styles (earning a gold album for his work with “new traditionalist” country artist John Anderson). His recently released CD, The Raven’s Wing , showcases his playing in many of these genres.