Jawbone named headliner

Alaska Folk Festival invites dream team of old-time musicians

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2005

A virtual dream team of old-time musicians has joined to form Jawbone and will be featured as the guest artist at this year's Alaska Folk Festival.

The three-member band is made up of folk musicians Bruce Molsky, Paula Bradley and Tony Trischka. The 31st Annual Alaska Folk Festival will be held this year from April 11-17 at Centennial Hall.

Molsky, a fiddler, guitarist, banjoist and singer, honed his skills in the Appalachian sound in the Blue Ridge Mountains under the tutelage of Tommy Jarrel and Albert Hash. His band Fiddlers 4 was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 and his solo recording "Poor Man's Troubles" received an Indie Award for best traditional folk recording in 2001.

Paula Bradley, of the old-time trio the Rhythm Rats, is influenced by stringbands of the 1920s and '30s and is known for her banjo ukelele and clawhammer banjo style. Bradley also will perform with her husband, Bill Dillof, under the name Moonshine Holler and with Girl Howdy, a honky-tonk band.

Banjo trailblazer Tony Trischka has toured around the world for years and has recorded with artists such as Bela Fleck, members of the rock band R.E.M., Pete Seeger, Charles Osgood and William S. Burroughs.

"It will be mostly old-time music - music from Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains," said Linda Frame, a folk festival board member. "Bruce Molsky had been seen at festivals for awhile and was well-known in the old-time circles."

Frame said Jawbone will play 45-minute sets on Thursday and Sunday night. The band likely will play dance music on Friday night and band members will be available for folk and old-time music workshops.

"That's one of the best parts about these guys," Frame said.

• Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothy.inklebarger@juneauempire.com.

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