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Celtic music fans will have the chance to learn from a star performer, and hear him play, when the Winter Celtic Music Festival takes place this Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown.
Bruce Molsky, A Bronx native who became a well-recognized master fiddle player of Appalachian music after moving to Virginia in the 1970s, will conduct a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. that day for not only fiddlers, but banjoists and guitarists as well. At 7:30 p.m., Molsky will present a concert in the school’s Romauld Hall auditorium.
“He is so entertaining, he doesn’t even need a whole band,” according to Sarah Brenzo, the president of the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland and director of its Celtic Arts Education Committee.
Brenzo said this week that the festival has been held since 2006 at the school, hosted by its Student Organization for Improving the Arts. Brenzo said some of the school group’s members have supported the festival program from the onset.
“I think [the president of the group] might have been 8 years old when she attended the workshop,” Brenzo said.
Molsky’s played in Nickel Creek’s farewell tour, Brenzo said, and musicians bringing their instruments to the workshop are encouraged to bring along a recording device, as Molsky will be teaching them tunes by ear.
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