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Past Concerts, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

May 24 - Richard Gilewitz "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$15 at the DOOR

Touted as one of the strangest men in acoustic music by Spectrum Magazine, fingerstyle guitarist Richard Gilewitz lives up to this depiction with his rousing performances filled with amazing chops, humor, and a history of the acoustic guitar from blues to folk, traditional to classical and somewhere in between. His use of banjo style picking patterns, classical arpeggios and tapping and harmonics with a rhythmic and percussive approach bring a fresh impression to the listener.
For info about workshops with Richard Gilewitz contact the House of Musical Traditions.
At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

May 18 - Téada & IMT Silent Auction

Tickets: $17 in advance and $22 at the door

The five young Irishmen led by champion fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada and collectively known as Téada have definitely "arrived" as one of the leading traditional Irish bands. IMT was proud to host their Washington area concert debut 5 years ago. We are equally proud to welcome them back as a world traveling band that has been playing to audiences as large as 30,000! We've added a couple of dancers to the program. Don't miss this chance to hear some "pure drop" Irish music.

May 17 - The Haints "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$15 at the door

Old-time band The Haints are releasing the band’s new CD, Shout Monah. The Haints features Erynn Marshall on fiddle, vocals and uke, Pharis Romero on lead vocals and guitar, and Jason Romero on banjo, lead vocals, and banjo-uke. The band has a penchant for obscure, old tunes and songs that are seldom heard in today’s day and age. They also play string band tunes from the era of early radio and before. Jason Romero is a well known luthier and will be performing on banjos he has made. Fiddler Erynn Marshall has recently moved to Virginia to start her new job as music concert coordinator of the Blue Ridge Music Center.

An IMT Next to the House Concert at Contradiction Dance
7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park

May 11 - Tanglefoot

Tickets: $17 in advance and $22 at the door

FINAL Tour for Canadian band Tanglefoot.
For everything there is a season, and after twenty-five-plus years 2009 will be the last for Tanglefoot. They have become perennial favorites at IMT. Come send them off with a gracious thank you for all the years of touring and performing.
"Stan Rogers meets Van Halen" is how one fan described them, and Tanglefoot is indeed a potent brew of full-throttle energy, musical agility and exquisite vocal polish. They are also a noteworthy group of songwriters, "...masters of the storytelling tradition, (with) elegant, sensitive musicianship and an impressive range of talent", according to BBC Yorkshire. We'll miss them.

May 4 - Pete Seeger 90th Birthday Tribute

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Pete Seeger is probably the most important figure of Twentieth Century folk music.
Pete's 90th birthday is being celebrated on May 3 with an enormous concert at Madison Square Garden ( to benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater ( - the non-profit organization Pete created to defend and restore the Hudson River.- But that concert is sold out!
So why not join IMT's tribute by local musicians on the next day? Performers will include Joe Uehlein , Avril Smith, Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers, ilyAIMY, Andy Blyth, Kristen Jones, John Seebach, and some special guests!
There will be some unique video footage and we promise lots of Pete's singalongs.
A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to Clearwater.

April 27 - Andes Manta

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

Join us to celebrate this vibrant and powerful music that continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and none play it better than the four Lopez brothers who make up ANDES MANTA. Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge bring this unique art form to North America in its purest and most authentic form. Natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, the brothers learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years - passed from father to son, and brother to brother.

April 26, 7 pm How to Make Your Own Pan Flute Workshop
with Andes Manta - Takoma Park, MD

Workshop: $35 (includes materials)

A hands-on learning experience for children and adults alike, the panpipeworkshop is a start to finish lesson in creating one's own instrument. Each participant is provided with a kit (included in the workshop fee) containing pre-tuned South American bamboo pipes, cording and bamboo struts. The musicians teach the participants how to assemble the panpipes, called pallas, and finish the workshop by teaching all participants how to play a simple traditional Andean song. Approximately one hour long.
Held at Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.
Advance registration recommended

Saturday, April 25 at 8PM - Hanneke Cassel with Natalie Haas and Keith Murphy "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$15 at the DOOR

Hanneke Cassel, the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, is joined by cellist Natalie Haas, who performs with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, and Keith Murphy, who plays guitar and mandolin with the noted contradance band Nightingale. At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

April 20 - Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger

Tickets: $22 at the door, $17 in advance

Alone or with fellow musicians; guitar, fiddle, or banjo in hand, Bruce Molsky has been exploring traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades – synthesizing them and refracting them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his. While most identified with traditional American old-time music, Molsky's influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues; from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, the Duo and other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers' residencies and grants. He is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.

Sunday, April 19 at 8PM - Ernie Hawkins "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone's to the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has played with blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer, Rev. Gary Davis and many others.
At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

April 13 - Dede Wyland CD Release

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

Tonight we celebrate Dede Wyland's CD Release “Keep the Light On” with Mike Munford, Rickie Simpkins, Ronnie Simpkins & Wyatt Rice at the helm. Dede Wyland’s pure and compelling voice has enchanted audiences around the globe, and her driving rhythm guitar has powered the sound of many a bluegrass band including the popular Tony Trischka & Skyline and ’Grass, Food & Lodging. As a teacher, she uses her profound knowledge of the human voice and her inspiring and supportive manner to help amateurs and professionals alike realize their vocal potential. Bluegrass Unlimited, in a January 2001 feature article, said that Dede’s “gifts of vocal virtuosity, musical expression, and sheer positive force of personality have made her a valued presence in modern acoustic music.” She is often described as “a singer’s singer.”

April 6 - Giveway

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

Scottish traditional and folk music, with haunting airs and lively jigs, energetic blends of folk-jazz, spine-tingling vocals, exquisite harmonies and bold tunes guaranteed to put a smile on your face and stay in your head long after you leave a Giveway concert or switch your stereo off. In the few years since these four young sisters formed their own band Giveway has won awards at the acclaimed Scottish music festival Celtic Connections, in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk awards, performed on numerous radio shows, on television and at a series of high profile venues including the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival. They have also supported top musical acts including Karen Matheson, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, performed alongside Cherish the Ladies, Natalie MacMaster, Kate Rusby and Fiddler's Bid.
Their IMT debut concert was a big hit. We expect an even larger crowd this time as their reputation is building.

March 30 - John Jorgenson Quintet

Tickets: $24 at the door and $19 in advance

The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds. At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John's dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, John and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul.

March 29, 7-9pm Guitar workshop: Introduction to Gypsy-Jazz Guitar by John Jorgenson - Takoma Park, MD

Workshop: $75

It will be geared towards the player who is just starting to learn gypsy jazz and swing guitar, and will cover both rhythm and lead techniques. For rhythm playing, various chord shapes and patterns that can be utilized in many different songs will be demonstrated along with elementary music theory behind these progressions. In addition, the right hand rhythm patterns that are the very life blood of swing playing will be taught. The beginning lead guitarist will again be shown various scale and arpeggio combinations and how to use them over the most common chord changes in gypsy jazz music. Along with left hand fingering (including the "two-finger" and "four-finger" approaches) various right hand picking techniques will be taught (including "gypsy-picking" and alternate picking). After having taken this workshop, the student should be left with a good understanding of the elements that make up gypsy jazz and swing.
Held at Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.
Attendance limited to 20.
Advance registration recommended

Friday, March 27 at 8PM - The Kitchen Quartet "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

The Kitchen Quartet unites four remarkable performers from America’s East Coast Irish music scene. Shannon Dunne (dance, vocals), Kieran Jordan (dance), Sean McComiskey (accordion), and Cleek Schrey (fiddle) combine the down-to-earth ease of a kitchen session with the sophisticated interplay of a string quartet, and add in the improvisation of sean-nós Irish dancing.At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

March 23 Steve Kaufman

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

Steve Kaufman is the only Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. His listening CDs and Videos number over 14 and his catalog of instructional materials is close to 75 items. In addition to touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts, he runs "Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps" (Fingerpicking, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo and Mandolin) as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville, Tennessee - a major force in the guitar world.

March 22 , 3-6 pm Flatpicking Workshop by Steve Kaufman - Mount Rainier, MD

Workshop: $50

Hands on workshop for all levels except ultra-beginners. It will be tailored to the specific participants. They should bring guitars and voice recorders - no video. Topics to be covered will include: Right and Left hand technique, new chords, muscle memory, understanding the fingerboard, new songs and much more.
Held at:
Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Advance Registration recommended.
Info: Andy Bryson 301-351-8087

March 16 - Eric Brace with Peter Cooper

Tickets: $20 at the door and $15 in advance


Eric Brace, front man for Last Train Home, and Peter Cooper have been friends since Eric's move to Nashville in 2004, a friendship that was solidified in Peter's living room listening to Tom T. Hall, Willis Alan Ramsey, the Seldom Scene, Charley Pride while pouring screw top red wine. Pretty soon they were playing guitars and singing songs together—first in that same living room, then on tour: Europe, Alaska, and the Lower 48 too. Then came the recording ses sions for "You Don't Have to Like Them Both," where some of the greatest musicians in Nashville lent their skills to songs of Eric's and Peter's, as well as covers by Jim Lauderdale, Todd Snider, Kris Kristofferson and others.

Friday, March 13 at 8PM - Ben Carroll with Special Guests "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

Ben Carroll’s soulful, powerful voice lives somewhere at the crossroads of Stevie Wonder and James Taylor—he’s captivating, distinctive, mesmerizing. With the help of his accomplished acoustic guitar playing, he moves his audiences with his plaintive songwriting, written from the heart and with a thoughtful, sometimes keen eye, while exploring the endless themes of love, of a search for a place and meaning in the world.
At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

March 9 - Missy Raines and the New Hip

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

A beloved figure in bluegrass and a pioneering force in acoustic music, Missy Raines' adventurous musical spirit has always been her compass. Launching her career with experimental bluegrass outfit Cloud Valley, Raines next toured the country with Eddie and Martha Adcock. Soon she was lending her bass skills to the Masters (Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds). Raines joined Claire Lynch's popular Front Porch Band, and developed a successful duo with band mate Jim Hurst. Their CDs and live performances pushed the envelope on how much music two people with acoustic instruments could make. A stint with the Brother Boys opened Raines' eyes to the value of spontaneity and immediacy in her musical approach. Missy Raines is now stepping out to make a longtime dream come true; creating a fusing of bluegrass virtuosity, jazz-tinged groove and a song-driven sensibility with a hot band. •

March 2 - Nick Annis & Elizabeth Crisfield with Special Guest Sam Pacetti

Tickets: $18 at the door, $15 in advance

Winning the Grand Prize at the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival for a collaboration with Ellen Bukstel, established Nick Annis as a leading songwriter. He is admired by folk fans as much for his distinctive storytelling talent as his edgy, insightful songs. He will be performing with longtime music partner, Elizabeth Crisfield on fiddle and vocals. •
This concert is underwritten by a grant from the Public Domain Foundation.

February 23 - Sometymes Why - CD Release: 'Your Heart is a Glorious Machine'

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance

You might know the three women of Sometymes Why as singers with one of their other bands. Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still), Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl) and Ruth Ungar Merenda (The Mammals) have been at the center of a creative revolution in the acoustic stringband scene for the past few years. With Sometymes Why, Aoife, Kristin & Ruth create music that moves past the "stringband" label entirely. They sing their own songs and back each other up on Wurlitzer, glockenspiel, high hat & tambourine. They appeal to a part of their audience (and a part of themselves) that's more aligned with Feist, Joni Mitchell, and Bessie Smith than by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. But the band is best heard live. "There's an instantly appealing quality to the trio-harmony blend of their voices, and in live performance they relate to each other with a charm and ease that radiates to the audience," said No Depression, which claimed that Sometymes Why's impromptu Sunday morning set in a parking lot at North Carolina's epic festival Merlefest "stole the show". •

February 21 - Cletus & Lori/Billy Coulter "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

IMT presents an intimate acoustic concert by Cletus & Lori and Billy Coulter.
Folk/Pop artists Cletus & Lori have earned 46 Washington Area Music (WAMMIE) nominations and have won ten of the awards, including Contemporary Acoustic Group, and individual WAMMIEs for Songwriter of the Year. "What's better than a good singer-songwriter? Two singer-songwriters whose meshed voices seem built for close harmony. That's the case for Cletus & Lori." (Richard Harrington, Washington Post.) Billy Coulter has graced the stages at some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top venues including Birchmere, Rams Head and Barns of Wolf Trap with inspired and energetic performances. His distinctive voice won him last year's WAMMIE Award for Roots Rock Vocalist, while his writing earned honors from the Billboard and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests.

Note: This concert is at 8:00PM at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

February 16 - Tannahill Weavers

Tickets: $22 at the door, $18 in advance

Get your Scottish ON! In the late 18th and early 19th century Scotland was in a turmoil of change. Highlanders were being driven from their lands and into the burgeoning Lowland factory systems. This brought two quite distinct cultures together, the mystic Celtic culture of the North and the old Anglo/Scots culture of the Lowlands. They were married by the double barreled shotgun of necessity and the Industrial Revolution. The Tannahill Weavers arrangements of the music of Scotland are traditional, but as good musicians should, they have transformed it and brought it into the modern world, vitally alive and kicking. One of Scotland's premier traditional bands, these versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. •

February 14 Beth Patterson's Bouzouki Workshop

Registration $45


Described by viewers as “a cross between a cobra and a puppy,” multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight- and ten-stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her progressive sound with Irish music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive). Note: This workshop is at 3:00PM.

February 9 - The Kennedys

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance


Inspiration is where you find it – and where it finds you. Open to every moment, the much-traveled married duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy have spun their personal experiences, musical influences and philosophical beliefs into nine previous albums of winsome original songs, frequently seasoned with exquisitely-performed cover tunes, that blend acoustic-based folk, rock, country, pop and secular gospel into an inclusively delightful sound that’s all their own.

February 6 - Elise Witt "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

Elise's music is as colorful as her background. Her original songs include "Why Are Our Eyes in the Front of Our Heads?" (a capella jazz vocal ); "Those Gorgeous Fishes" (an ode to snorkeling); "Natural Phenomena" (a song about spiders, lynx, salmon, eel, and humans, sung to the tune of a Greek sirtaki); "That Silver Sliver of a Moon" (a celestial love song); the irreverant "Too Busy for the Blues"; and "Au Revoir Les Bateaux" (a bluesy bi-lingual tune). Aside from quirky song titles and international flair, the real reason to go hear Elise Witt is her charismatic stage presence and her gorgeous voice. All of Elise's songs come straight from the heart. Her voice has the power to carry you to distant lands as well as inner landscapes. And by the end of a concert, it is not unusual to have the entire audience (self-professed "non-singers" included) to be singing in fabulous seven-part harmony!
Note: This concert is at 8:00PM at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

February 2 - Remembering Vic Heyman Scholarship Fundraiser
Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 in advance  

Tonight we remember Victor Heyman, folk music impresario. A regular contributor to Sing Out! Folk Magazine, concert presenter, mentor, judge, concert attendee and most of all…friend. We will be raising money for a scholarship fund, listen to folk music as Vic what have liked us to do and remember our friend. The scholarship fund creates Heyman grants to help Kerrville New Folk finalists from the DC area attend the festival. He is survived by his wife Reba, four children and three grandchildren. Please join us for this special evening. •

January 26 -SAW Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest Winners
Tickets: $17 at the door, $14 in advance  

Join SAW & IMT in celebration of songwriting and winners of the Mid Atlantic Song Contest's 25th competition on Jan 26! The performance will feature artists chosen by the staff of the Institute of (over) Musical Traditions from among winners of all categories in the 25th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest. The Mid Atlantic Song Contest draws contestants regionally and from all over the world, who enter their original songs with the hope of winning the Grand Prize of $1000. Approximately six artists will each present a short set of their music. IMT tries to choose a wide variety from the winners represented, while keeping in mind that the venue largely presents acoustic music. Last year's showcase was one of20the highlights of the schedule and winners from most of the eleven contest categories performed. •

January 24 - Firewheel "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

IMT presents an intimate acoustic concert with Firewheel. This duo from Takoma Park features John Kadlecik and Katy Gaughan. John, cofounder and lead guitarist of Dark Star Orchestra, plays with Katy, a hand drummer and drum circle facilitator who has been drumming in Takoma Park for almost 10 years. Together they blend their love of rock, folk, improv, jazz and world music to create a fiery blend of “AsiAfricAppalachian Folk/Funk.” Firewheel will be joined by friends, including Christian Crowley on mountain dulcimer and Topher Dunne on Chapman Stick.
Note: This concert is at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

January 19 -Peter Ostroushko and Danny Gotham

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance


Peter Ostroushko is undoubtedly one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. His tours have taken him to the stages of clubs, performing arts centers, music festivals and theaters across North America and Europe, and he has earned an international reputation as a versatile and dazzling master of instrumentation and com position. His recording contributions read like a Who’s Who of Nashville - he’s played with Jethro Burns, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, and Johnny Gimble to name a few, but his hometown Minneapolis’ music scene has provided a fabulous variety of musical styles in which Peter remains unequaled: folk, bluegrass, jazz, classical, and even rock. Peter’s first recording session was an uncredited mandolin set on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks!

January 12 -Bearfoot

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance


Bearfoot is a fast rising, young acoustic band based out of Anchorage, Alaska featuring powerful, emotive vocals, moving arrangements and instrumental exellence backed up by solid rhythm. Kate Hamre on acoustic bass, Mike Mickelson guitar , Jason Norris mandolin, and Angela Oudean and Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddles bring a unique sound ranging from traditional bluegrass to original jazzy compositions. They have been xx festivals and concerts across the nation. At the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Bearfoot won the 2001 Band Competition, an honor they share with past recipients like Nickel Creek and the Dixie Chicks! This is a band to watch. •

Friday January 9 - Justin Trawick "Next to the House" Concert 8 pm

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

For the first Next to the House concert of the new year, IMT presents Justin Trawick, winner of the “Emerging Artist Competition” at the 2006 Takoma Park Folk Festival. Like Johnny Cash singing about life in Folsom Prison or Bob Dylan revisiting Highway 61, Justin writes songs that make you believe in the characters of his stories. Fans of John Prine, David Gray, Jack Johnson and Bob Schneider will enjoy Justin's unique sharpness and clarity. Comfortable in his ability to incorporate multiple genres while still maintaining his own distinctive, organic sound, Justin has been know to perform with a number of artists ranging from hip-hop to bluegrass, creating a modern, urban feel that feels right. Go to Justin’s MySpace page to hear some of his music. •
Note: This concert is at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

FALL 2008

December 15 - A Scandinavian Christmas: Bruce Sagan, Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer

Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance


There may not be snow on the ground, and to truly bring the heart of Scandinavia to you we offer a holiday celebration rich with tradition: Scandinavian Christmas. Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer have performed at concerts and dances across the U.S. and in Europe for over 25 years, including appearances on All Things Considered, Performance Today, and Prairie Home Companion. They can be heard together on the CDs Hambo in the Snow and Hambo in the Barn.

December 8 - Celtic Yule with Al Peteway, Amy White & Robin Bullock

Tickets: $22 at the door, $17 in advance


Songs for the coldest day of December, Al Petteway, Amy White & Robin Bullock bring an expert touch to their guitar strings and heart felt Holiday concert filled with seasonal song, stories and meditations. Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al Petteway & Amy White are an acoustic music duo that draws inspiration from musical traditions across the globe and distills these myriad styles into a rich and unique voice – a timeless recipe for healing, heartfelt music. They capture the hearts of audiences with colorful stories of wildlife in their own back yard in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina and the people and places along the way that have influenced their music. Al and Amy invite their listeners to celebrate beauty and joy in all aspects of life. Robin Bullock joins Al Petteway and Amy White. The music of Christmas, perfectly suited to the ageless tones of the acoustic guitar, comes to life in Robin Bullock’s concert of carols and hymns spanning over 600 years, drawn from his bestselling holiday recordings A Guitar for Christmas and A Midnight Clear. Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin celebrates the many moods of the Yuletide season in gorgeous guitar interpretations, augmenting his six-string virtuosity with selections on cittern, mandolin and piano. Robin weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable evening of acoustic Christmas cheer.

December 6 - Cathy & Marcy's 23rd Family Holiday Show with special guest Christylez Bacon

Friday December 5 - Gregory Allen Isakov "Next to the House" Concert 8 pm

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in Philadelphia, Gregory Alan Isakov moved to Colorado at the end of the last decade. He was named 2008's Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the Denver Westword (Audience Award) and was named by the Denver Westword as the Best Singer/Songwriter 2007 (Critics Award). Isakov is also the 2007 winner of the Telluride Troubador Songwriting Competition. You can hear Gregory's music on his Myspace page.
Note: This concert is at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

December 1 - Mosaic Harmony Choir

November 24 - David Grier

November 17 - Class of 88: Keyboard Magic

Friday November 14 - The Bowmans "Next to the House" Concert 8 pm

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

The Bowmans (sisters Sarah and Claire). The band combines Sarah's lyrics and vocals, Claire's harmonies and Sarah's guitar with Claire's percussive instruments. You can hear Sarah and Claire singing two songs in the video at left from Joe's Pub in New York, and hear more of their music on their MySpace page. Sarah and Claire have shared the stage with The Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile. Jim Lauderdale and David Rawlings are fans.
Note: This concert is at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

November 10 - Bryan Bowers

November 3 - Kristin Andreassen

October 27 - Jay Summerour, Michael Baytop, Rick Franklin

October 20 - Mediaeval Beabes

Oct 18 - Banjo Academy Workshops with Dan Levenson

Oct 13 - Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko

Oct 6 - Nightingale

Sep 29 - Kevin Burke & Cal Scott

Sep 27 - (Saturday) The New Green Blade Rises Family Festival Tour (Takoma Middle School)

Friday September 26 - Joy Kills Sorrow"Next to the House" Concert 7:30pm

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

Joy Kills Sorrow, an up and coming young band, "melds bluegrass, old time and country into a cohesive sound that makes them almost "poster children" for the burgeoning American format, demonstrating a deep knowledge of, and respect for the history and sources of the music, yet producing music that is easily accessible to listeners who often think they don't like country music". (Sing Out! Magazine).
Note: This concert is at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave.

Sep 22 - Lissa Schneckenburger

Sep 15 - Cantrip

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