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A Scandinavian Christmas

John Prine Time
Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

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The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.




An Acoustic Night with the Nighthawks

the Nighthawks
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $15 adv, $20 door
Children & Students w ID: $12 adv, $17 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

The legendary Nighthawks bring IMT an intimate night of acoustic blues.

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As their 50th anniversary approaches, The Nighthawks step forward with two new members: Dan Hovey on guitar and Paul Pisciotta on bass. Dan delivers strong lead vocals along with his tasty guitar playing, and Paul brings the band’s already famous four-part harmonies to a new level. Drummer Mark Stutso’s singing and songwriting make him an audience favorite. And founder, lead singer and harpmaster Mark Wenner is still at the helm. With some 30 recordings and local and international awards to their credit, The Nighthawks are still churning out new material while drawing on more than four decades’ worth of signature tunes for their legendary live shows. 

Visit their website here : thenighthawks.com

"Little by Little", performed by The Nighthawks at the Institute of Musical Traditions, St. Luke, Rockville, MD USA on February 4, 2019.




Class of 88

John Prine Time
Monday, January 20, 2020, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

Three piano playing legends come together as this year's "Class of 88": Jon Carroll, Bill Starks and Josh Christina!

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Jon Carroll will be joined by old friend and fellow singer/songwriter/musician Bill Starks. Jon and Bill have been friends since the late 70’s in the DC scene and are fellow coordinating cohorts in the musician’s collective Azalea City Recordings.

Along with his original works, Bill Starks is a veteran DC performer with Junior Cline & The Recliners, Ruthie & The Wranglers and numerous others. Bill Starks’ “I See Trouble” was wildly and warmly received near and far and won him a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association award) for Songwriter of the Year. “Do You Hear Me Now” is his brand new release on Azalea City.

Visit Bill's website and check him out at billstarksmusic.com and / or pick up the music and learn the words early here.

Josh Christina has been tearing it up locally doing original songs in the tried and true tradition of the great classic rockers like Elvis, Jerry Lee, Elton John and Chuck Berry. After the last Class of 88 in 2016, Josh and Jon joined forces to collaborate on the Josh’s latest album recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Services, “Instincts”.

Read all about him at joshchristinamusic.com. Listen all about him here.

Jon Carroll was a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Starland Vocal Band and has been writing, recording and performing on his own and touring with artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell, Peter Wolf and Eric Lindell for over 40 years, and his songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and others. He’s been busy on his next collection, and you can hear some previews on his website joncarroll.org.

His other releases can be found here.

This will be a truly rocking’ and classy Class of 88 reunion!

The Class of 88 is a recurring show at Institute of Musical Traditions - and you never quite know what you're going to get. Here's "Roadhouse Boogie" from Class of 88, 2015!




Sparky and Rhonda

John Prine Time
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

"Sparky Rucker is unique! He'll make you glad to be alive and struggling." - Pete Seeger

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Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.

Visit their website here : sparkyandrhonda.com

A spirited version of this classic performed by Sparky and Rhonda as part of KY Music Weekend on July 25, 2015.




Here are a few organizations that share goals and values with IMT.

House of Musical Traditions

Artivate
Since 1972, HMT's been the DC-area's source for new and vintage folk instruments from around the world + books & DVDs, lessons & workshops, repairs, instrument & pro audio rentals. Institute of Musical Traditions was born from a concert series started by David Eisner, HMT's owner. Barnaby Productions Barnaby presents the fall & winter Celtic Concerts series at the Old Brogue & the Swift Run summer house concerts in Great Falls, VA & is the home of DC's pan-Celtic band IONA.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean, O'Neill-Malcolm Branch The largest, single, non-profit group involved in the preservation & promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. The O'Neill Branch of CCE presents concerts, dances, summer music and dance schools & the Musical Arts & Dance Week school.

Carpe Diem Arts
DC Bluegrass Union
DCBU promotes bluegrass in the DC area. They maintain an online calendar of bluegrass events & present a bluegrass festival each February. Focus Music
Focus presents concerts in Rockville, Alexandria & Mount Vernon in an intimate, "up-close" environment, creating the opportunity for audiences to discover high-quality new artists & for artists to find sustainable & supportive audiences in the Greater DC / Metro area. Folklore Society of Greater Washington FSGW presents concerts, dances & special weekend gatherings. They also publish a comprehensive monthly newsletter listing events in the Washington area on their website.
The Greater Washington Ceili Club
GWCC hosts monthly ceili dances with live music & sponsors a year-round program of dance instruction. Mary Cliff's Traditions Mary hosts two radio shows and publishes lists of upcoming folk music events on her website.
The Songwriters Association of Washington SAW presents concerts & workshops & hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Concest.


Special Thanks...

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

AHCMC  MSAC

A Scandinavian Christmas

John Prine Time
Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

Buy Tickets

The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.




 

Next at IMT:

A Scandinavian Christmas

John Prine Time
Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

Buy Tickets

The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.






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Other Area Events

Here are a few of the other concerts and music festivals coming up in the area.

Carroll Cafe Presents : Crys Matthews
Fri Dec 13th, 2019 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church | 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
“Crys Matthews is a songwriter with a powerful message and voice to match.”


FSGW Presents : Lilt
Sat Dec 14th, 2019 | 8pm | Seekers Church | 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $15 FSGW members / $20
Hometown favorites with international acclaim, Irish music duo Lilt celebrate ten years of music and their recently released album "X". Said to have "real fizz, platinum quality" by Irish Music Magazine, "X" reflects Tina Eck and Keith Carr's "terrific rapport" and "great insight into how to connect musically" (Daniel Neely, Irish Echo).


Focus Music Presents : Big Wide Grin
Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 | 7pm | Island Pride Oasis Restaurant 617 S Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877 | $18
This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne, from California and Virginia, bring diverse backgrounds of experience & music together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and deep harmony.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Victoria Vox
Fri Jan 10th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
“If there hasn't been a university study on the psychological and sociological benefits of playing the ukulele, now might be a good time - and Victoria Vox could be the Test Case.”


School of Musical Traditions Presents : House Concert with Mountain Tay
Wed Jan 15th, 2020 | 7pm | House of Musical Traditions | 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD | $12 adv / $15 door
Mountain Tay is a singing duo with a love of two-part harmony and entertaining stories cleverly told in song lyrics.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Tom Prasada-Rao
Fri Feb 14th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door


Always check the event website for correct and up-to-date information. IMT is not responsible for these listings.

You can also find local event listings on these websites.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
www.fsgw.org

The DC Bluegrass Union
www.dcbu.org/calendar.htm

Mary Cliff's Who's Where lists
www.marycliff.net