Pull up a chair and chill with Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky is playing at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday.

Bruce Molsky is playing at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday.

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SINGER, fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Bruce Molsky is inviting folk fans into his ‘living room’ – which this Wednesday is Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre.

“I’m a social musician in the sense that I talk to an audience the way I talk to people in my house and I play for them just like we’re all in the living room together,” says the double Grammy nominee.

“I want to present myself as who I am and this music as what it is”, he said.

A former engineer from the Bronx, Bruce fell in love with old-time music as a teenager.

He moved to Virginia in the 1970s, where he learned directly from old masters such as Tommy Jarrell.

Bruce didn’t begin his music career until he was 40, however, but since then he has performed alongside supergroups, such as the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, as well as Aly Bain and Sweden’s great Ale Moller.

“Playing in these kinds of groups is an important part of what I do,” Molsky says. “Regionalism was one of the hallmarks of traditional music in the old days; now we’re in the information age, and I don’t think that’s what folk music does anymore.

“But the more cultures I discover, the more I realise that folk music performs the same function for everybody and therefore is the same thing everywhere – just spoken with different accents.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s gig, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £14 and are available from 01721 725777.