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Past Concerts, Summer - Fall 2009


December 14 - Scandinavian Christmas with Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer

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



God Jul! Light the candles, feast like a Viking as we try to bring the heart of Scandinavia to you in this Scandinavian Christmas celebration with the internationally recognized trio of Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer. They 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.
http://hoagkelleypilzer.com/

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December 7 - Celtic Yule with Al Petteway, Amy White & Robin Bullock

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


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.
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.
www.alandamy.com/
www.robinbullock.com/
8:00 pm at the KREEGER AUDITORIUM
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD 20852


Sat Dec 5 - Cathy & Marcy's 24th Annual Winter Family Concert
with Special Guest Bonnie Rideout

Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door



BONNIE RIDEOUT JOINS CATHY & MARCY and ROCKVILLE High School PIPE BAND in rare family concert.
Bonnie Rideout’s children’s recording, Gimme Elbow Room received RAVE reviews and a Parents’ Choice Gold award in 1998. It has been over 10 years since Bonnie performed for a family audience and now it’s time for a new generation to discover the magic of her Scottish music. She joins GRAMMY Award winners Cathy & Marcy as special guest to merge Scottish & American folk, dance, fiddle and other music in a sing-along, participatory family show. The Rockville High School Pipe Band brings their love of Scottish music to the show and to inspire the next generation. Performing together in this show is a once in a lifetime experience for the artists and the audience!
Come all ye fiddlers, singers, family music lovers, pipers and fun loving folks.
www.cathymarcy.com
www.bonnierideout.com

1-2pm at the
TAKOMA PARK/SILVER SPRING PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
of Montgomery College
(located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue & East-West Highway)
Silver Spring, MD


November 30 - Roy Book Binder

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


Roy Book Binder is a blues singing, guitar picking, song writing raconteur, and has been for the past 40 years. Roy learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis Back in the early 1960s. He has run across quite a cast of characters in his travels, that have become a part of a “Roy Book Binder Show” - a hilarious educational experience not to be missed! He’s been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, featured on the Emmy award winning segment of the PBS TV series EGG Art in America, appeared more than 30 times on Ralph Emory’s highly regarded TV series Nashville Now, and been included in the Big Book of Blues, as well as the Blues Who’s Who. Roy has been continually touring across America in his tour bus, which has been his home for the last thirty years, as well as performing internationally: truly a folk icon with a lot of musical experience to share.
www.roybookbinder.com


November 23 - Jeremy Kittel World Band CD Release

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


Jeremy Kittel, US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, winner of 6 Detroit Music Awards, and member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, leads the exceptional Jeremy Kittel World Band whose musical roots transverse the world. Join us to celebrate the release of their new CD, Chasing Sparks. With the drive of Celtic fiddling, spontaneity of jazz, soul of bluegrass, layered melodies of Eastern Europe, intricacies of chamber music, and rhythms of Africa and Latin America the band consistently captivates audiences. Jeremy is joined by versatile guitarist Kyle Sanna, percussionist Mathias Kunzli, and young cello prodigy Nat Smith who tours with Natalie MacMaster.
www.jeremykittel.com


November 16 - Red Molly

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


Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship and a warm, engaging stage presence. They have earned a devoted and ever-widening fan base, and have begun to tour nationally. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious. The Boston Globe says: "Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do..."
www.redmolly.com



November 13 - Coal Country Concert to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Tickets: Not required

Admission is Free

Click this thumbnail NTTH Flyer to download a copy of the Next to the House flyer.

Sierra Club is holding hundreds of nationwide Coal Country House Parties from November 10th to 14th to show the documentary Coal Country and to take action to end mountaintop removal coal mining. IMT has joined with Sierra Club to host a showing of the film Coal Country. Tara Linhardt and Friends--John Flower (bass), Megan Downes (feet) and Danny Knicely (mandolin, guitar & fiddle)--will provide mountain music before and after the screening.

Coal Country is a moving documentary that reveals the devastation caused by mountaintop removal to the mountains, streams and communities of Appalachia. Mountaintop removal is a form of coal mining that literally blasts the tops off of mountains to access the coal seams within, then dumps the mining waste into streams. This destructive practice not only destroys our age-old Appalachian mountains, it pollutes local water sources with cancer-causing heavy metals and threatens the health and well-being of nearby communities.

Please join us for the screening of this important film and help end the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining.

 

8 pm at Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


November 9 - The Kitchen Quartet

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



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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.
www.myspace.com/thekitchenquartet


November 7 - Greasy String in an IMT Next to the House Concert & Jam

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR
Greasy String
Click this thumbnail NTTH Flyer to download a copy of the Next to the House flyer.

Old time band Greasy String kicks off IMT's new First Saturday Concert and Jam in our Next to the House venue at Contradiction Dance Studio in Takoma Park.

Greasy String plays and is inspired by traditional old-time music from West Virginia and beyond. Members Scott Prouty (fiddle), Brad Park (banjo), & Ellen Hatton (guitar) have spent time learning from master Mountain State musicians such as Melvin Wine, Wilson Douglas, and Leland Hall.

Scott has won the West Virginia State Folk Festival fiddle contest and taught fiddle at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, and together with Ellen has played dances for years. He was also involved in producing a recent series of field recordings known as the Hammons Legacy.

Brad has produced Dwight Diller's most recent recording projects, and continues to study with him.

Greasy String has become a regular fixture on the DC old-time circuit, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of Appalachian musical traditions to their concerts and presentations, as well as a 'greasy' flavor that is all their own.


IMT's new Concert and Jam shows will provide a unique opportunity to enjoy a concert performance and then participate in or watch as the musicians from the band and audience get together to play, swap tunes and talk about the tradition.

See the band, then take out your instruments and join in the music along with the band the band. Or just watch, listen and enjoy the live jam/session. The Concert and Jam shows will take the month off in December, then return in January and continue on the first Saturday of every month. Each show will feature a local or out-of-town band from a musical genre that includes a strong jam or session element--bluegrass, old time, Irish and Scottish.

Come out to the first IMT Next to the House Concert and Jam and join in the beginning of a new tradition!

8 pm at Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


November 2 - Victoria Vox and Patty Reese

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


Victoria Vox maintains that sad songs are hard to come by on the ukulele. A Baltimore resident, she toyed with a few guitar-driven albums before a friend gave her the inspirational 4-stringed instrument. It proved to be the perfect foil for her rich voice and changed the way she wrote and arranged music. Now she is averaging 150-200 dates each year and is finding that non-ukulele listeners are converted daily.
www.victoriavox.com

With the voice and musicianship on Patty Reese’s latest release Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be more clear that the medicine is working. Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and honed songwriting skills have led her to the recording of her best work to date. On the new CD, between acoustic guitar-accompanied story songs and powerful songs backed by a full band, Patty puts all of her crafts to work. Wammie award winning guitarist Dave Chappell will be joining Patty on stage.
www.pattyreese.com


October 26 - Blue Moon Cowgirls CD Release

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


"A little bit invitin', a little bit excitin', a little bit ignitin' . . .that's my trademark," proclaims an old song. And that's the Blue Moon Cowgirls, four Washington-area musicians with their own refreshing approach to country music. A shimmering trio of female voices led by fiddler Karen Collins, backed by harmonies from Ann Porcella and Lynn Healey are accompanied by acoustic instrumentation driven by Ira Gitlin's guitar playing. The Cowgirls blend front-porch directness with neon-lit sophistication as they sing about home and highways, heaven and honkytonks, heartbreak and hope.
Join us to celebrate the release of their latest CD, I Love You Honey.
www.bluemooncowgirls.com

Special guest, Orrin Star, will open the show. A National Flatpicking Champion, who combines hot picking on both guitar and mandolin, with cool singing and good humor, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and boasts a repertoir ranging from bluegrass standards to little-known folk gems, Celtic fiddle tunes to fingerstyle blues.
www.orrinstar.com
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to download a copy of the poster.


October 24 - Zoe Mulford in an IMT Next to the House Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$15 at the DOOR
Zoe Mulford

A set by American songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories - evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting-point is Franklin’s doomed polar expedition or the neglected contents of her own refrigerator, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humor promise listeners an enjoyable journey. She backs her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo and intersperses her own songs with selections from the music that inspires them: American and British folk ballads, Appalachian banjo tunes, and the work of songwriters from George Gershwin to Richard Thompson. Raised near Philadelphia, she now lives in Manchester and plays on both sides of the Atlantic. http://www.zoemulford.com

8 pm at Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


October 19 - Amy Speace with Billy Coulter opening.

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


Born in Baltimore and raised in small town Pennsylvania, Amy Speace taught herself to play guitar and began setting her poetry to music, the most creatively fulfilling thing she'd ever done. She soon began performing as half of the female duo, Edith O, then made her solo debut with the 2002 release Fable, recorded with $5000 donated by fans and released on her own, Twangirl, label. Her performance at the SXSW music industry festival led her to be signed by Judy Collins' own label, Wildflower Records. Her new CD The Killer in Me, is her second release on Wildflower.
www.amyspeace.com

Opening for Amy is Billy Coulter who 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 roots-rock sound has won him several WAMMIE Awards, including this year's Album and Song of the Year, while his writing has earned honors from the Billboard and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests.
billycoulter.com

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October 12 - Solas with Bearfoot

Tickets: $25 in advance and $28 at the door


Since its birth in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band ever to emerge from the US. The Solas sound today is anchored by founders Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar, bodhrán) and fiddler Winifred Horan, two of the most respected and imitated musicians in acoustic music. Mick McAuley from Kilkenny joins them on accordion and concertina, Eamon McElholm from Tyrone plays guitar and keyboards, and Máiréad Phelan sings. The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine says, "Seamus Egan and Solas make mind-blowing Irish folk music, maybe the world's best." Although Solas can play undiluted traditional Irish music, they are always varying the mix of tradition and contemporary sensibility with ease and naturalness, blending Celtic, folk and country melodies, bluesy sometimes jazz-inspired improvisations and global rhythms.
www.solasmusic.com

Bluegrass music from Alaska. It may sound like a bit of a non sequitur but Bearfoot, a band from Anchorage, is proving that the two aren't unrelated. Comprised of Kate Hamre (acoustic bass), Mike Mickelson (guitar), Jason Norris (mandolin), Angela Oudean (fiddle), and newest member Odessa Jorgensen (vocals/fiddle), Bearfoot's rise from talented music camp counselors to an established national touring band has been nothing short of meteoric! Although Bearfoot has 9 years, major festivals, and 3 albums under their belt, their latest release, Doors and Windows, contains firsts: the first Bearfoot CD to feature guest musicians, including Andrea Zonn of James Taylor And Band (fiddle); the first in which the band relies more on a lead singer approach, with newest member Jorgensen taking charge of the vocals. Produced by Compass Records' Garry West, the release of Doors and Windows finds Bearfoot atop a cultural mountain where they overlook the past, present, and future of bluegrass music.
Sample video clip:
'Drank Up All the Whiskey', 'Molasses', 'Follow Me' video from California Worldfest
www.bearfootband.com

8:00 pm at the KREEGER AUDITORIUM
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD 20852


October 5 - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

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

Alasdair Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). His dream to find a cellist who could ressurect the cello as the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music has been amply realized by Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a musical force in her own right. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz throughout Europe and North America, Haas is in the vanguard of young cellists who are re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music.
www.nataliehaas.com
www.alasdairfraser.com/

8:00 pm at the KREEGER AUDITORIUM
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD 20852


September 28 - Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa

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

Soul Beat Africa is the new voice of Ugandan music, the inspired synthesis of African roots and world music, of traditional and modern instrumentation. These musicians represent the new vanguard of Ugandan performers, gifted instrumentalists steeped in the music of their homeland, but with ears opened to the sounds of the world at large. Driving poly-rhythms underlay transcendent melodies. Traditional African instruments – koras, kalimbas, adungus, endongos, ngonis, drums – blend with guitars and keyboards, drawing on influences from around the globe. This is a new groove for a new world
www.kinobemusic.com
Advance Sales cut off at 1pm Monday
Tickets will be available at the door.

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September 21 - Väsen

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


Perhaps the best known Swedish folk band, Väsen, has been touring for 20 years. So it is surprising that this will be their IMT debut. Olov Johansson (the first world champion of the nyckelharpa), Roger Tallroth (guitar, Swedish bouzouki) and Mikael Marin (viola) are celebrating the release of their 11th recording, Väsen Street. It's a mixed repertoire with new composed material, old Väsen favorites not recorded earlier and some traditional Uppland tunes.
www.vasen.se/


September 14 - Old Blind Dogs

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

Since the early 1990's, Old Blind Dogs has stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs. The current foursome of Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Fraser Stone (drums, percussion) are carrying on the tradition of the band that the Montreal Gazette called "...a Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack".
www.oldblinddogs.co.uk/


Monday August 31 - Mediaeval Baebes

Tickets:
25 in advance and $30 at the door


Combining fourteenth century poetry with the talents and sensibilities of twenty-first century women these six talented, attractive singers breathe renewed life into the rich texts of medieval songs and poetry. Their hauntingly beautiful music captures the imagination and devotion of modern audiences. They are the Mediaeval Baebes, and in ten years they have placed three studio albums into the top of the UK classical charts and performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, United States, Canada and Europe.
www.mediaevalbaebes.com/
7:30 pm at the
ROBERT E. PARILLA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD

Performing at IMT for the third time - this is always a popular concert.

Friday August 7 - Amilia K Spicer in an IMT Next to the House Concert

Tickets: No advance sales

$15 at the DOOR

Her voice is often described as haunting and ethereal, but it's the writing that really separates Amilia from the rest of the new generation of literary songwriters. Likened by one critic to a French chanteuse in a candle-lit cafe, her songs set a mood. They are intimate and visual, like walking into a movie. It's some kind of strange potion, but one that's perfect for that midnight ride with the windows down. There is an edge, a turbulence, in many of the places Amilia writes about, but not all of them. Her songwriting fuses together the different places she calls home- the languid textures of rural Pennsylvania, the swing and melody of Texas Americana, with the back alley bite of LA. Though Amilia might be best known for her more poetic works, her live shows are really where she shines - you get to see all the layers coexisting there on the stage. http://www.amiliaspicer.com/

8:00 pm at
Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


Sunday July 26 - Albert Alfonso & Skip Healy in an IMT Next to the House Concert

Tickets: No advance sales

$12 at the DOOR

As America’s premier bodhrán maker, Albert Alfonso leads the way in innovation, taking his drums to even greater heights. They are unmatched for sound, playability and ease of tuning. His distinctive drums can be found on the concert stage and in sessions around the world. In addition to his renown as a drum maker, Albert also has a distinctive career as a musician, recording with many of Irish musics most well-known artists. http://www.albertalfonso.com

For over thirty years, Skip Healy has been a renowned, Grammy-nominated performer of Irish flute and American fife music. He is widely regarded as one of the finest American fife and Traditional Irish wooden flute players, makers and educators that the country has ever produced. His playing style, heralded as "at once traditional and contemporary", breathes new life into his enormous repertoire of tunes. http://www.skiphealy.com

After the show, Albert & Skip will lead an open session at Roscoe’s restuarant (7040 Carroll Ave.) at 7 pm. On Saturday, they’ll be giving workshops at the House of Musical Traditions (see http://www.hmtrad.com for details).

4:00 pm at
Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


Friday July 3 - Ember in an IMT Next to the House Concert

Tickets: No advance sales

$12 at the DOOR

Ember's simple yet moving music centers around the miraculous blending of two very different voices: that of Welsh songstress Emily Williams, who also sails through the mix with her violin and sets up chunky rhythms with her nylon-strung guitar, and that of Rebecca Sullivan of Utah, who fingerpicks a sparkling steel-string, and breaks out the harmonica for a song or two. Since a chance meeting in a hostel in Barcelona, the unique acoustic magic of Ember has delighted audiences all over the world. They are now based in Wales. http://www.myspace.com/embersong

8:00 pm at
Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD.


Sunday June 28 - Tom Paxton Celebration at the Fitzgerald Theatre

TTickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
($15 to SAW, WAMA & NARAS members)

Sold Out!

In February of this year singer-songwriter legend and Alexandria resident, Tom Paxton was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy (GRAMMY® ) and the Contemporary Folk Album of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE). Said Tom "A Lifetime Achievement Award–– wow. I hope this means I can continue my lifetime!"
In recognition of his of his accomplishments and in the fervent belief that he will have many more in the years to come, the Institute of Musical Traditions is presenting this gala concert on June 28.
Producer and radio veteran Robert Aubrey Davis will host the evening. Tom will be backed up by "Celtic Guitar God" Robin Bullock and two-time GRAMMY winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. Other luminaries from the local music world will be on hand to celebrate Tom's big awards. Loralyn Coles (another WAMMIE winner) will be opening the show
In his 45 years of performing, Tom Paxton, has presented thousands of concerts around the world in places including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. That these fans still enjoy his music is a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin' Boy, Bottle Of Wine, Whose Garden Was This?, Goin' To The Zoo, and The Marvelous Toy. His song books, critically acclaimed children's books (available from HarperCollins), award-winning children's recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs (recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo), all serve to document his impressive career.
This concert is made possible by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. www.tompaxton.com
7:30 pm at
THE F. SCOTT FITZGERALD THEATRE
Rockville Civic Center Park
603 Edmonston Dr
Rockville, MD


June 8 - Hokum's Heroes "Next to the House" Concert

Tickets: No advance sale

$12 at the DOOR

Hokum's Heroes play early 20th century pop, twining together the roots of early jazz, country, rags, folk, vaudeville, gospel, string band, jug band and gin house blues, all with spontaneity, modern sensibilities and a big backbeat. Its members have worked on the frontlines of America’s best roots music. There will be a free screening before the concert of Sweet Old Song, a film about the musical and artistic partnership of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong and Barbara Ward.
At Contradiction Dance Studio, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.



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