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The 3rd Annual Sean-nos Dance Competition & Exhibition is open to any and all dancers, of any age, who dance improvised, old style Irish dance! June 4. Registration & Information.
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Here are a few of the other concerts and music festivals coming up in the area.
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Tue. May. 31, 6:00 pm
With fiddle, flute, and guitar, Skylark’s songs conjure the enchantment of Celtic music. Alexander Mitchell, Elise Kress, and Zan McLeod are joined by dancers Joe Duffey and Erika Nielsen for driving rhythms, poignant songs, and a contagious energy. Free admission. Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Washington Folk Festival
Sat. Jun. 4 - Sun. Jun. 5
The 36th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area. Admission free. Donations accepted. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Silver Spring Sean Nós Dance Competition
Sat. Jun. 4, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
The 3rd Annual Sean-nos Dance Competition & Exhibition is open to any and all dancers, of any age, who dance improvised, old style Irish dance! If you not a dancers, don't miss this chance to see a great showcase of talent and a fantastically fun time! Dancer Registration: $15. McGinty’s Public House, 911 Ellsworth Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance
Sat. Jun. 4, 6:00 pm
Directed by Sean Culkin, the school preserves the tradition of Irish music and dance and passes it on to new generations of dancers throughout the Washington-Baltimore area. Join them for a free step class beginning at 5 p.m., no experience necessary! Free admission. Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
The Gloaming With Martin Hayes
Sat. Jun. 4, 7:30 pm
Martin Hayes brings The Gloaming to the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center. The Gloaming is an ensemble comprised of Martin, Iarla Ó Lionaird (vocals), Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. "Doveman," piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger) & Dennis Cahill (guitar). $15.00 - $40.00. Phone: 202 467-4600. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra Spring Conc
Sat. Jun. 4, 8:00 pm
The Washington Balalaika Society presents it springs concerts with guest domra virtuoso Peter Omelchenko. Tickets: $25 adults. $20 seniors. $15 students. Under 12 free. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra Spring Conc
Sun. Jun. 5, 3:00 pm
The Washington Balalaika Society presents it springs concerts with guest domra virtuoso Peter Omelchenko. Tickets: $25 adults. $20 seniors. $15 students. Under 12 free. Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22204. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Liz Carroll with Jake Charron
Sun. Jun. 5, 6:00 pm
Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll—a Grammy nominee and NEA National Heritage Fellow—amazes world audiences with her virtuosity, reviving traditional Irish and Celtic styles. Pianist/guitarist Jake Charron joins her with his take on Canadian-Celtic music. Free admission. Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
Sat. Jun. 11, 7:00 pm
For the opening of their twelfth season, Swift Run House Concerts presents Scottish/Celtic fiddle and cello sibling duo Elizabeth and Ben Anderson. Rising stars of the Boston music scene, these siblings blend Scottish and Irish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies to create an original sound rooted in tradition but inspired by the contemporary. For reservations & directions call (703) 426-1450 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. $20 suggested donation at the door. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteAdd to Google Calendar
Willie and His Chaperones
Sun. Jun. 19, 3:00 pm
In 2010, then-16-year-old Willie Barry and veteran bluegrass performer Barry Bryan met while playing Haitian earthquake benefit relief shows in Frederick Country, Maryland. From their shared passion for the songs of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams Sr., the two created a duo and later -- with drummer Tomy Wright and lead guitarist Phil Badell -- a full band that plays more than 100 traditional classic country and rockabilly songs. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside, so pack a picnic. Open mic from 3 to 4 pm, followed by Willie and his Chaperones. Free admission. $5 to $15 suggested donation. $12 for advanced reservation. Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center, 19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
River & Roots Fest Fiddle Music Camp
Tue. Jun. 21 - Fri. Jun. 24
This year, the River and Roots Festival in Berryville will feature a four-day Fiddle Music Camp starting Tuesday before the festival, with instructors Malia Furtado, David Van Deventer and Stacey Sinclair. The camp is for all ages and all levels. Students should come with a working fiddle and a way to record (most smart phones have a record app). Space is limited. Fee: $100. Watermelon Park, 3322 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville, VA 22611. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
River & Roots Festival
Thu. Jun. 23 - Sat. Jun. 25
The River & Roots festival, on the banks of the Shenandoah River, features local music, food and culture supporting the Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Tickets include camping. Performers include Tim O'Brien, the Keel Brothers, Old Man Luedecke, Furnace Mountain, Ragtime Annie, The Woodshedders, Pat Donahue, Circa Blue, Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap, The Harris Brothers, The Plank Stompers, the Morwenna Lasko and Jay Pun Quartet, A Faster Buffalo and Split String Soup. New this year: a four-day Fiddle Camp beginning on Tuesday before the festival with instructors Malia Furtado, David Van Deventer and Stacy Sinclair. Watermelon Park, 3322 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville, VA 22611. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
American Acoustic: Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck And Edgar Meyer, and I'm With Her
Fri. Jun. 24, 8:00 pm
This blockbuster show in the Concert Hall features an all-star lineup of some of Thile's closest musical friends and frequent collaborators. The acoustic quintet Punch Brothers, which Thile founded a decade ago, also includes guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and fiddle player Gabe Witcher. World-renowned banjoist Béla Fleck and bassist/composer Edgar Meyer perform as a duo. The Americana acoustic trio I'm With Her comprises singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins (a Nickel Creek co-founder), singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz. $25 - $79. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp At Common Ground on the Hill
Sun. Jun. 26 - Fri. Jul. 1
The D.C. Bluegrass Union joins with Common Ground on the Hill to present a week of instrumental, band and vocal classes taught by some of Washington’s best performers and teachers—plus some very special additions. Instructors include Frank Solivan, Mike Munford, Dede Wyland, Robin Bullock, Randy Barrett, Ken Kolodner, Brad Kolodner, Jeanean Martin, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald & Jo Morrison. See event website for prices. McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Bill Staines, plus Lynn Hollyfield
Sun. Jun. 26, 7:00 pm
For more than 40 years, Bill Staines has traveled across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. Blend a powerful, passionate singer, a crisp, acoustic guitar player and a warm heart and you will have, singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield. Hollyfield's roots hail from Staten Island, NY when she picked up the guitar at age 10 and ran with musical influences she experienced from home. From great jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to the Beatles, Cream and CSNY, Hollyfield launched into her own songwriting infusing these influences to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz. Tickets: $15 advance. $18 door. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Wed. Jun. 29 - Sun. Jul. 10
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held on the National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets, from June 29 to July 4 and July 7 to 10. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with special events taking place most evenings beginning at 7 p.m.
The Festival presents many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions. Tradition-bearers and the public can connect with and learn from one another and, in a respectful way, begin to understand cultural differences and similarities. This year's festival features the culture of the Basque.
The Woodshedders explore diverse samplings of American country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and gypsy jazz, resulting in an original and dynamic new sound they call "Indie Roots Americana." The group has charmed audiences at many festivals and venues, and are quickly becoming known as one of Virginia's premier roots bands. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. Gypsy Sally's, 3401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Event WebsiteBand WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Sat. Jul. 9 - Sun. Jul. 10
The Red Wing Roots Music Festival, hosted by the Steel Wheels, takes place at Natural Chimneys Regional Park. Performers include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, lThe Steel Wheels, Dom Flemons Trio, Nora Jane Struthers, Aoife O'Donovan, Chris Smither, Anna & Elizabeth, The Woodshedders, Bumper Jacksons, Tony Furtado, Mountain Heart, &The Hot Seats. 3-day Adult tickets start at $129. Camping fees extra. Natural Chimneys Regional Park, 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt. Solon, VA 22843. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
CCE MAD Week
Sun. Jul. 17 - Fri. Jul. 22
Designed for kids age seven through adult, CCE Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week features full-day or half-day registrations. The twice daily ninety-minute classes are organized by level of experience and taught traditionally--“by ear.” The extended two-hour lunch period provides time for electives, including bodhran (Irish drum), Celtic Arts & Crafts, Pennywhistle, Sessions, Song Circle, Sean-Nós (Old-Style) Step Dancing & Set Dancing, Ceili Band, daily faculty concerts and more. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Wed. Jul. 27 - Sun. Jul. 31
The 5-day Floyd Fest has 10 stages with a broad offering of music and workshops. Performers include Railroad Earth, Love Cannon, Otis Taylor, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Larry Keel, Gregg Allman & Bruce Hornsby. On-site camping available. See event website for prices. Floyd Fest, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Floyd, VA 24091. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
Maura O'Connell and Karan Casey will be at the Birchmere for an evening of Irish song. Tickets: $35 advance. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305. Event WebsiteMapAdd to Google Calendar
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