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. Along with internationally acclaimed, Swedish multi-instrumental musician and bouzouki virtuoso, Ale Möller, Molsky explores the dense web of musical connections, past and present, between Nordic and US traditions. This unique concert promises to be an explosion of collaborative energy from these two virtuosic musicians. www.brucemolsky.com/ www.alemoller.se/
One of the most influential voices in Irish and American folk music, Karan Casey is a natural innovator who proves that the ancient and the modern make excellent bedfellows. A legend in her own right, Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty years from the early days as a jazz performer in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now blossoming solo career. Come hear this Celtic icon with guitarist Robbie Overson, pianist Caoimhín Vallely, and cellist Kate Ellis. www.myspace.com/karancaseyband www.karancasey.com/
Opening for Karan are Matt and Shannon Heaton who, having built their act from years of touring together (first with band Siucra, then as a duo), have grown into thoroughly entertaining performers. They bring to the stage a depth of shared experience, a love for Irish music and a healthy dose of humor. Whether singing or instrumentally on Irish wood flute/accordion and guitar/bouzouki, they make traditional music relevant to American audiences. www.mattandshannonheaton.com/
Noted multi-instrumentalists Rhys Jones (fiddle, banjo, guitar), Cleek Schrey (fiddle, piano) and John Herrmann (banjo) form the trio "Hammer & String". Exploring the cross-Atlantic boundaries between Appalachia and Ireland, they conduct a musical conversation, with all the texture, sparks and improvisation of virtuosic performers. Part dance music and part guided tour of two closely related musical traditions, their first CD The Girl Who Broke My Heart gives a window into a journey of mutual discovery that is full of the exhilaration and loss of a love poem.
Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; his guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar," and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars, but he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. www.waynehenderson.org
PETER LANG along with the other Takoma guitarists are considered to be founders of modern American Finger-style Guitar. Like his labelmates John Fahey and Leo Kottke, he used the techniques and vocabulary of country blues guitarists to create his own compositions in a variety of alternate tunings. His bright sound, driving rhythm, and whimsical compositional sense were already well-defined by the time of his first record in 1972.
Throughout the 70's he recorded or performed with such artists as Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Leo Kottke, Freddie King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Keith Jarrett, Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, The Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, and - well you get the picture!
Peter is back touring after a twenty year hiatus. www.sonicbids.com/peterlang
Master finger-picking guitarist and National Heritage Fellow, Wayne Henderson, is back again at IMT with this popular workshop for intermediate guitarists. From 4-7pm with a short dinner break, at the Bryson family home, Mount Rainier, MD. www.waynehenderson.org
In the world of bluegrass music, the high lonesome sound never goes out of style, as The Patuxent Partners prove in their new CD, Seven or Eleven. Since 1975, they have brought their exciting brand of hard-driving traditional bluegrass music to festivals, dances, and concerts. Bandleader Tom Mindte sings and plays mandolin. Bryan Deere is lead singer and rhythm guitarist . John Brunschwyler's inventive approach to traditional banjo playing has made him a favorite of bluegrass audiences. Fiddler Jack Leiderman's bluesy, soulful fiddle style skillfully complements the band's vocals. Pulling it all together is the strong, dynamic rhythm generated by bassist Victoria McMullen.
Featuring music from the new Cultural Crossroads of Europe - Belgian, Celtic & French music - with world beat percussion, Pavilion 3 brings together dance traditions from central Europe and adds the immigrant experience with Afro-Cuban, Persian & Latin drumming. Stately Peruvian drumming joins with 18th century minuets from the courts of Europe. The Flemish Bear Dance swirls with the wild beat of the Persian daf frame drum. Irish reels, Galician muñeiras, sultry Parisian café waltzes and enchanting airs, old and new, are all part of the Pavilion 3 experience. Paul Oorts & Karen Ashbrook started playing as a duo featuring Celtic, Belgian and French music and have expanded their horizons with the fine work of master percussionist Steve Bloom. www.karenashbrook.com/polka.html
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble presents a uniquely American story: an exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing, and a dazzling array of percussive dance forms rooted in different cultures. Since 1979, Footworks has represented American culture internationally, including a Smithsonian Institution tour of Japan, and as guest artists with Riverdance in London, under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director Eileen Carson, who is an NEA Choreography Fellow. IMT is excited to partner with the City of Rockville on this concert which makes it possible for Footworks to return to Rockville after a long absence. Note that tickets are also available at the Theatre Box Office 240-314-8690 8 pm at
THE F. SCOTT FITZGERALD THEATRE
Rockville Civic Center Park
603 Edmonston Dr
Rockville, MD www.footworks.org
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This special evening will leave a smile in the hearts of traditional and celtic music lovers as well as fans of original songs and contemporary settings. GRACE GRIFFITH is a veteran recording artist and performer familiar to DC area audiences from her work as part of The Hags, Hazlewood, Connemara, Irish Fire, Greentree (along with longtime accompanist Paul Nahay) and Jennifer Cutting's Ocean. She returns to the IMT concert stage from a period of relative hiatus in performing due to effects of Parkinson's Disease. Grace, a winner of numerous WAMMIE awards in past years, attributes her return to the stage and partial recovery of vocal ability to her friend (and fellow physical therapist), singer/songwriter Lynn Hollyfield, who has patiently and persistently encouraged her to keep singing. LYNN HOLLYFIELD will be familiar to some from her recordings and performances as half of the duo "Hollyfield & Spruill". Lynn's instrumental skill, versatile singing, soothing stage presence and uncommon songwriting skill mark her as a bright star rising on the horizon of contemporary folk. This concert will celebrate the release of Lynn's first solo recording project, "Layers", a collection of mostly original songs set in tasteful arrangements varying from guitar and voice to more filled out settings with vocal harmonies by Grace and a varied array of musical guests including Nina Spruill, Jeff Harding, Jim Brink, producer Marco Delmar and others.
The much-traveled married duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy have spun their personal experiences, musical influences and philosophical beliefs into 10 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. With the release of their tenth CD, Better Dreams, as The Kennedys, and recent solo CDs - Maura's Parade of Echoes and Pete's Guitarslinger - Pete and Maura remain the Energizer bunnies of the folk/rock world. Their goal is to live in the moment, appreciating every second of sensation, which imbues their music with a constant sense of wonder and freshness. www.kennedysmusic.com
With vocals that are a mash of Patty Griffin's tones and Kate Rusby's gentleness, Antje Duvekot's (Aunt-yuh Doo-va-Kott) CD, "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,"was voted WUMB's #1 album of the year for 2009. and demonstrates why, according to The Boston Globe, "Antje Duvekot's provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world. Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory."
Antje has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious Kerrville (TX) “Best New Folk Award” and the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Act:" three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world.
In December of 2007, The Bank of America featured Antje’s song “Merry Go Round” in a national TV advertising campaign seen by millions, including a Super Bowl audience. Antje’s fast growing fan base, the viral spreading of her music and a track record of sold-out shows are a testament to her growing popularity. www.antjeduvekot.com
Jimmy and Moondi crossed paths in 1990 during a picking party at a mutual friend's house. After singing a few tunes together, it quickly became evident that they were a great fit. In 1992 they joined forces with Seldom Scene members Mike Auldridge and T. Michael Coleman to form the group Chesapeake. This part-time band eventually became a full-time entity, yielding three highly acclaimed recording projects on the Sugar Hill label. After the disbanding of Chesapeake, both Jimmy and Moondi went on to pursue their individual endeavors. It wasn't until a call a few years later that they reunited. Back together again, they are now performing as a duo and are making big waves on the acoustic music scene. Although influenced by their bluegrass backgrounds, their sound has moved on to new levels. The tight harmonies, "hot" instrumental arrangements and heart-felt lyrics lend themselves to just about any style or genre of acoustic music. www.jimmyandmoondi.com
Maureen Andary & Sara Curtin met in their DC church choir at the tender ages of 11 and 13, singing together every week until Maureen left for college in New York City and Sara made her way to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Maureen, a songwriter and ukulele instructor back in Washington, was tapped as a finalist for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest in July 2008. She wondered, "Who could possibly sing those high harmonies in my songs?" A lightbulb went off in her head when she remembered the long lost Sara Curtin, also a songwriter and ukulele player now living in Brooklyn, NY. The two teamed up for the live competition in West Virginia and the experience was righteously awesome and proved to Sara & Maureen that they belong on a musical path together. And thus was born The Sweater Set - a duo that will melt your heart. www.myspace.com/thesweaterset
The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, six-year member of Elton John's band and guitarist for artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs. Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country. Recently, he 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. www.johnjorgenson.com/
There is just no better way to celebrate "Celtic Month" than with Patrick Street, comprised of some of Ireland's most accomplished musicians! Formed in Dublin in 1986, the current group includes fiddler Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), bouzouki player and vocalist Andy Irvine (Planxty), John Carty (Irish Television TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year) on fiddle and banjo and guitarist Ged Foley (Battlefield Band, The House Band). In 1986, Burke, Irvine and previous members, Jackie Daly and Gerry O'Beirne first came together to tour the United States as Legends Of Irish Music. The enthusiastic reception that they received encouraged them to make the band more permanent. Taking the name Patrick Street, they recorded four albums and toured the United States five times between 1987 and 1993, earning the nickname of the Irish Supergroup. While much of Patrick Street's repertoire is traditional Irish music, the group has recorded original tunes by Irvine, Daly and O'Beirne, as well as tunes by Si Kahn, Woody Guthrie, Andy Mitchell, Dave Richardson and Colum Sands. www.herschelfreemanagency.com/patrick_street/patrick_street.html
8:00 pm at
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has been enjoying rocketing success. Having received several prestigious awards, the band is now one of the most-loved Quebec folk groups throughout the world. The group's current line-up consists of singers/multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. On stage, these four friends achieve peaks of happiness they eagerly share with any and all audiences. Le Vend du Nord knows how to deliver music that will move any crowd – to their feet and in their hearts! This is undoubtedly music of the here and now. www.leventdunord.com
The concert wil be preceded by a short lecture on Quebecois music starting at 7:30, followed by a Q&A session with the band.
This tour engagement of Le Vent du Nord is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Mid Atlantic Tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
The Weathered Road (TWR) is an on-going, constantly evolving, project of guitarist/singer-songwriter Christopher Bell, vocalist/fiddler Libby Eddy and lead guitarist/vocalist Stephen Geruschat. Libby’s rich, distinctive voice calls to mind a young Emmylou Harris. It's enhanced by Bell and Geruschat’s warm harmonies. The trio’s music blends the genres of singer-songwriter, folk, traditional, celtic, and newgrass to create a sound all their own, a sound they call AmeriCeltic Newgrass.
IMT's Concert and Jam shows 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. Watch for a Concert and Jam show 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.
8 pm at THE LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE
7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
For the first time ever - together in concert – two bands that explore the boundaries of the music of the British Isles and beyond:
IONA is unabashedly and joyfully pan-Celtic, traditional and acoustic! Mixing and matching tunes and songs from the broad spectrum of Celtic cultures from Asturies to Appalachia, Cornwall to Cape Breton and far beyond. Barbara Ryan, Bernard Argent, Jim Queen, and Chuck Lawhorn on fiddle, flute and feet, banjo, bouzouki, bodhrán and bass guitar cover a whole lot of ground, with high powered songs in many of the Celtic languages. The musical and humorous interplay between band members is enhanced by the stunning visual dimension of Kathleen Larrick's dance steps, providing a delicious feast for the senses. World travelers, together for 24 years, IONA will pull you irresistibly into their exuberant, whirlwind tour.br>
OCEAN Quartet: From soaring vocals and the stirring skirl of the Pipes to shimmering electronics and a smart power-pop sensibility, OCEAN is Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns! Called "Nothing short of spellbinding" by the Washington Post, the OCEAN Quartet is an all-star ensemble of internationally known musicians led by composer/arranger Jennifer Cutting (accordion & keyboards), featuring the stunning vocals of Lisa Moscatiello, the fiery fiddle work of Rosie Shipley, and the electrifying sounds of bagpiper Bob Mitchell. In this program, the OCEAN Quartet will put their unique avant/traditional spin on songs and tunes from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and the largest Celtic nation of all…the U.S.A.! http://home.comcast.net/~jcutting/
Si Kahn is joined by John McCutcheon, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer for an incredible Standing for Justice farewell concert for the greater DC area. On May Day 2010, nine days after his 66th birthday, Si will retire from his position as Grassroots Leadership's Founder and Executive Director. Fees from his performances on this tour will go to support Grassroots Leadership's national Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention, the appalling new practice in which children as young as infants are imprisoned together with their parents.
To help celebrate Si’s retirement:
Strictly Country Records will release Si’s 16th CD, Courage, featuring the superb production and playing of Jens Krügerof the Krüger Brothers, with harmonies and liner notes by country music legend Kathy Mattea. Si’s prior Strictly Country release, Thanksgiving, was recognized as the #1 CD, #1 song and #1 artist for November 2007 by theFolk-DJ list, which measures international airplay.
Berrett-Koehler, the San Francisco publishing house, will simultaneously issue Si’s new book, Creative Community Organizing, A Strategy Manual for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice based on his 45 years as a community, civil rights and labor organizer. Berrett-Koehler previously published The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy, co-authored with public philosopher Elizabeth Minnich.
Sam Weiser is a multiple award winning violinist, and the 2008/2009 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Recipient. Daniel Pearl was a journalist and musician murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Luthier Jonathan Cooper crafted and donated The Daniel Pearl Memorial violin, which is awarded each year to outstanding young musicians by a committee. All profits from Sam's first CD, Sam I Am, will go to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and FODfest, supporting the mission of the Daniel Pearl Foundation to use the power of music to promote tolerance and inspire respect for differences.
Joining Sam on stage will be Grammy nominee and world music artist, SONiA of disappear fear, vocalist/violinist Phoebe Hunt of Belleville Outfit, Seth Kibel on clarinet and saxophone, Laura Cerulli on percussion, Saso Sver on guitar and mandolin and Nathaniel Smith on cello.
Vance Gilbert: it's all in one seemingly impossible package. His spellbinding live show. His deliriously virtuosic singing. His accomplished guitar style. His outrageous, edgy humor. And the songwriting – a perfect mix of lyrical eloquence and musical accessibility. Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-jazz singer who was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. Now after releasing nine CDs, he is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them.
Opening for Vance is the Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph who has been in demand in the UK for over two decades and is developing a following on this side of the Atlantic. www.vancegilbert.com/
Feb 1 - IMT’s Second Annual CLASS OF 88 Show
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
A Keysmorgasboard of Rockin' Boogie and Song! After the success of last year's "Class of 88" concert, Grammy winner Jon Carroll returns with two more first rank pianists to push the boundaries of keyboard magic. Deanna Bogart, dazzling pianist and soulful saxophonist brings her own unique fusion of blues, country, and jazz – savvy, sensuous, and deep. Rounding out the trio is Bill Starks who for more than 30 years has lent his boogie-woogie, R&B and rockabilly keyboard chops to various local bands with national standing.
www.joncarroll.org/ www.deannabogart.com www.myspace.com/billstarks
Over $5300 was raised at the concert.
Thank you All.
Some of the Washington DC area’s finest singer/songwriters come together to help raise desperately needed funds to benefit Haitian earthquake relief. Join Billy Coulter, Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley, Lea, Patty Reese, Brian Simms and Joe Uehlein for an evening of music and hope.
The benefit will support two organizations with long roots in Haiti, serving both immediate and long term needs: Hearts With Haiti and Doctors Without Borders.
You can donate here by using the "Buy Tickets" button, or write a check payable to Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, earmarked “Haiti Earthquake Relief.” A minimum $20 donation is required for admission to the show, but you can also donate $5, $10 or $15 dollars. Any amount will help!
One hundred percent of contributions will go to Haiti relief.
Hearts with Haiti
Hearts with Haiti, a non-profit (501c3 status) organization whose primary mission is to support the vision and ministry of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti, which includes the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au Prince, Wings of Hope in Fermathe, and Trinity House in Jacmel. www.heartswithhaiti.org
Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. doctorswithoutborders.org
Sponsored by Saint Mark Presbyterian Church and the Institute of Musical Traditions.
Sat Jan 23 - Mark Wenner's Akousti-Kats
Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door
Mark Wenner, the lead singer, harmonica player, and soul of the legendary Bethesda band, The Nighthawks, has his own new group, Mark Wenner's Akousti-Kats featuring Esther Haynes on vocals. Esther is a multiple Wammie award winning jazz vocalist who plays great acoustic guitar. Some of DC's best blues/jazz talent will be joining them for an incredible evening: Big Joe Maher on vocals and minimalist drums; Mac Cridlin, currently working with Bill Kirchen and formally with such acts as the Pointer Sisters on record, will be plunking the bass; J.C. Veve will be playing National Steel guitar: and Keith Grimes, most famous for his work with Eva Cassidy, will be playing electric guitar. They'll cover a wide range of material from Mississippi John Hurt to Louis Jordan, from Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday. Easy on the ears and good for the soul! http://www.markwenner.com/
Jan 18 - Ouros (Danny Knicely with the Oretea Bros & Ralph Gordon)
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely returns to IMT with his latest band, Ouros, which combines great musical composition and songwriting with impeccable musicianship. Ouros performs songs in both Spanish and English with rich vocal harmonies and virtuoso instrumentation. These international band-members fuse flamenco, bluegrass, jazz, Latin, and traditional American and European music into a consistent and original sound. If you enjoy infectious rhythms and melodic innovation, this is a must-go concert.
Jan 11, 2010 - Genticorum
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
Rollicking interpretations of traditional Québécois folk songs with original instrumentals written in the traditional style - that's the formula that has made Genticorum one of the most sought after Québécois bands. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser. Energetic and folky at the same time, excellent in harmonized song as in the most frenzied rhythms; sometimes it's hard to believe there are just three band members! www.genticorum.com