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Tiki Parlour presents MOLSKY’S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS in Los Angeles

Bruce Molsky is returning to the Old-Time Tiki Parlour with his new powerhouse stringband:  Molsky’s Mountain Drifters! Last time Bruce came to town, we celebrated the release of his DVD & CD Set “Can’t Stay Here This a-Way” filmed and recorded at the Parlour. Now we’re proud to present his new trio for their debut concert in Los Angeles!

WHERE? Timewarp Records–12204 Venice Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066

WHEN? June 17, 2017 8:00 PM



REMINDER: All Tiki Parlour concerts sell out, so get your tickets while they’re still available!


Grammy nominated and Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music, Bruce Molsky, one of Americas premier fiddling talents (Mother Jones) presents his new group and self-titled debut album Molskys Mountain Drifters featuring two of the best next gen trad players, Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls) and Stash Wyslouch (Deadly Gentlemen). Bruces previous collaborations include recordings with Anonymous 4, Mark Knopfler on Tracker, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunnys supergroup Mozaik, BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and David Holts State of Music airing nationally.

Allison de Groot is known for her great clawhammer banjo technique, exquisite tone, timing, and taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she’s fearless when it comes to breaking new ground.

Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrasss great young genre-bending pioneers.  Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus superb guitar and vocal chops.

These striking musicians have come together for a new sound within the traditional music genre through their audacious approach. I was looking for a new voice, says Molsky, a new avenue of expression using old time mountain music as the jumping-off point, but not being constrained by hard core traditionalism. Allison and Stash are showing me the way, just where the music is headed, in directions I never would have imagined when I started my own journey into the mountains a long time ago.

— Tradition steeped in possibility

This record captures all the intricate, meditative, overwhelming joy that I love so much in old time music.” -THE MILK CARTON KIDS-Joey Ryan

“Bruce has always been a major player and influence on all around him. I am happy to say this recording will give him that same stamp of approval from all who hear it.- JERRY DOUGLAS

“Bruce Molsky has long been one of my musical heroes, and it is such a joy to hear him in this configuration with the Molsky Mountain Drifters, featuring two of my good friends — Stash Wyslouch and Allison de Groot — accompanying him seamlessly on guitar and banjo. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul-stirring music out there today. It’s hard to believe they are a new trio since the sounds they create together instantly feel so at home. The effortlessness and ease with which Bruce plays and sings has always been something I’ve deeply admired, and that is only highlighted alongside Stash and Allison. It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.” — Sarah Jarosz

Old-Time String Band Class at Walker Creek Camp-April 7-10

David Bragger will be teaching the Old-Time String Band class at the Walker Creek Music Camp on April 7-10. He will also be teaching two additional old-time fiddle classes including his Will Adam: African American Fiddler class.

This class is designed for musicians who are interested in having a foot-stomping, great old time while learning to play tunes/songs from the great canon of old-time music. We’ll focus on some classic square dance tunes as well as some obscure bluesy pieces. We’ll also focus on the pulse and downbeat that makes this music so danceable and mesmerizing. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses, singers all welcome, also those fringe instruments such as ukuleles and autoharps.

Prerequisites: Students should have basic knowledge of their instrument, the ability to tune their instrument, a handful of common chords (guitar, mandolin) and know how to play some classic old-time tunes.

Bring: a recording device and a list of tunes that you know.

David Bragger is a performer and teacher of old-time music on a variety of early American stringed instruments. He is a world-renowned fiddle instructor who teaches workshops and private lessons around the globe. David is the director of the prestigious Old-Time String Band Ensemble in the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department. He is also the artistic director of the Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and a producer/workshop coordinator for the Los Angeles Old-Time Social. David is also the founder of the Old-Time Tiki Parlour where he documents the greatest living musicians of traditional American music for the premier old-time label Tiki Parlour Recordings. We are pleased to welcome David to our staff for the first time.

Spencer & Rains and Skeleton Keys in Los Angeles


The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is proud to present Spencer & Rains with their six-piece stringband The Skeleton Keys! Fiddles, banjo, guitars, bass, accordion, ukelele and a pair of golden throats perform the arcane tunes of Texas and Kansas. This will be a rare oppurtunity to see them with The Skeleton Keys!
In order to keep this event as intimate as possible, seating is limited.

On Saturday, February 11th 2017 at 8:30PM. This special event has limited seating and it will be held at Timewarp Records in Los Angeles.
An old-time jam hosted by David Bragger will begin at 7:00.
Venue Info and Tickets are available HERE.

skeleton-keys-cropped2-1024x517Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are two of the greatest emerging artists in the traditional music scene!

The band came about when Tricia and Howard recorded The Old Texas Fiddle, Vol II. They gathered together a group of dear musical friends: Charlie and Nancy Hartness of Athens, GA on ukulele and guitar, respectively, Brendan Doyle of Oakland, CA on banjo, and Virginia Musser, of Lawrence, KS, on bass. When the band started performing, Emily Mann of San Francisco, CA took over the bass duties.

The Skeleton Keys specialize in early Texas fiddle tunes as well as old tunes from the Midwest and the Spencer Family in particular. Centered around Spencer & Rains twin fiddling, Doyles pitch-perfect fiddle-like banjo style, and the Hartnesss and Manns air-glide rhythm, the Keys create their own unique sound but stay true to the roots of the music.

Tiki Parlour Presents: Foghorn Stringband Live in Los Angeles

The Tiki Parlour is proud to present an evening with this smoking, barn bustin’ old-time superforce that redefined modern old-time string band music!
On Thursday, January 19th 2017 at 8:30PM, Foghorn will mark their return to Los Angeles! This special event has limited seating and it will be held at Timewarp Records in Los Angeles. Tiki Parlor’s David Bragger will lead an old-time jam at 7:00.
Venue Info and Tickets are available HERE.

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. They’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

The music of The Foghorn Stringband revolves around four master musicians: Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) and Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), and Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of The Foghorn Stringband comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78.

Onstage, The Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.

To Foghorn, this music is as relevant today as it was a century ago. They see themselves not as revivalists, but as curators and ardent fans, and their music is a celebration of these roots. From their origins in Portland Oregon’s underground roots music scene in the late 90s and early 00s, when members of today’s hot bands like The Decemberists and Blind Pilot were gathering to explore the roots of American folk music, The Foghorn Stringband have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they’ve brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes now rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs, and pre-bluegrass picking. This is the kind of bubbling musical brew which first intoxicated the American mainstream in the day.

Joe Fontenot CD Release Party

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Joe Fontenot’s official CD Release Party is finally here! After months of conflicting schedules and a few unforeseen health issues, Mr. Joe is finally celebrating his debut release L’Echo a Travers Le Clos (Echo Across the Field) with a big Cajun dance!

On Sunday, October 23rd at 4:30 at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, California, were gonna have a big ‘ol party!

Location: 6285 Pacific Coast Hwy  Long Beach, CA 90803