As a young man, Molsky first became interested in blues music, but eventually became absorbed in old-time music while studying engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, beginning in 1972. His playing was influenced by the fiddling of Tommy Jarrell, whom Molsky visited in North Carolina in 1976. He recorded with Bob Carlin in 1990.
Molsky has released several records on Compass Records, Rounder Records and Tree Frog Music under his own name. Besides his solo recordings he has also played with the bands Fiddlers 4 with Darol Anger and Michael Doucet, Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik and Anonymous 4 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. Molsky is a guest on guitarist Mark Knopfler's latest album, Tracker, playing banjo, fiddle and guitar. He collaborated in 2008 with Norwegian hardingfele player and composer Annbjørg Lien on her album Waltz With Me and subsequent concerts. He also appears as a guest artist on Andy Statman's 2011 double-CD, "Old Brooklyn" (Shefa Records).
Molsky and his wife Audrey reside in Beacon, NY.
- Lieberman, Julie Lyonn (2004). Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 56–. ISBN 9781574670899. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
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