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Bob Boilen Book Signing
w Music by Daniel Bachman
Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets : $29.95 (includes "Your Song Changed My Life"
Tickets : $15 (does NOT include book)
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases. All tickets are general admission.
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Bob Boilen & his Book. Bob Boilen & his Book.
Bob Boilen
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Daniel Bachman Daniel Bachman
Daniel Bachman
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Tonight is a mix of genres and medias and a celebration of John Fahey's birthday to boot.

Join us as Bob Boilen (author, host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and their Tiny Desk Concerts) discusses and signs his book "Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It".

"Bob Boilen’s book gets at something real and rare about the power of music." -New York Times Book Review

In addition we have a performance from Daniel Bachman, who has not only performed one of Bob's "Tiny Desk Concerts", but who brings us music in the style of John Fahey, who'd be celebrating his birthday the day after the show.

"For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep. His approach to the American Primitive style of acoustic guitar — a sonically vivid fingerpicking technique developed by John Fahey and expanded by the likes of Robbie Basho and, later, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones — is conversational and uplifting, much like the man himself." -LARS GOTRICH

Visit Bob's website at npr.org.

After a rousing performance of "Honeysuckle Reel" from a forthcoming seven-inch single, however, Bachman turned beet-red in the NPR Music office and said, "I'm not going to lie. I'm pretty nervous."

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $25 advance / $29 door
Students (with ID) $20 advance / $24 door
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases. All tickets are general admission.
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Alasdair and Natalie Alasdair and Natalie
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Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Alasdair has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. www.alasdairfraser.com

". . . the expressive gamut from deep Celtic melancholy to joyful jig, his fiddle imitations of the bagpipe almost unbelievable, the whole rendered with a humble sincerity, flawless virtuosity and just about the sweetest sound since Fritz Kreisler." —L.A. TIMES

Natalie Hass is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. www.nataliehaas.com

"Natalie basically wrote the book on the cello's place in Celtic music.¨ - Peter Winter

Alasdair and Natalie have toured as a duo for over 15 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.

"You would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then she opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." - Scott Alarik

Visit Alasdair's website at www.alasdairfraser.com .

Highlander's Farewell to Ireland / Farewell to Ireland / O'er the Water to Charlie / Highlander's Farewell From the Scottish version to the Irish and then over the water to the Appalachian version

Class of 88 - 2017 Edition
Jon Carroll, Daryl Davis & Josh Christina
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Students (with ID) & Children: $15 advance, $20 door
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Jon Carroll. Jon Carroll.
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Josh Christina.
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The Class of 88 has nothing to do with graduating 29 years ago, and everything to do with showcasing three pianists at the top of their game. It's about the 88 keys, get it? This year Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present the 2017 Class of 88 : Jon Carroll, Darryl Davis and Josh Christina.

Jon Carroll is a one man band, a poet, a songwriter, a singer of every kind of song and above all, a musician’s musician...and I can also attest to his being a not-to-be-missed performer.”
~Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jon began his career with the Grammy-winning Starland (Afternoon Delight) Vocal Band and has continued on an artistically versatile path as a sought after collaborator, performer, songwriter, composer and all around musician. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt (Get Closer) and Tom Jones, all the while contributing his stylings on stage and in studio with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cheryl Wheeler, Rodney Crowell, John Jennings, John Gorka, John McCutcheon, Peter Wolf, Dennis Brennan, Eric Lindell, Dixie Chicks etc. Over the years, his solo works Home & AwayLove Returns and LiVE Returns—Live from The Barns at Wolf Trap, have garnered over 20 Washington Area Music Association “Wammie" Awards and his dynamic shows are comprised of influences from across the Folk/Blues/R&B/Rock/Jazz cultural spectrum forming a rich repertoire of regional sensibilities that plot a soulful journey through story and song.

“Everyone in my row leaned forward, for Daryl Davis was pumping the keys like a reborn Jerry Lee Lewis, rattling Boogie Woogie rolls out of all 88 keys!”
- Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post

Chuck Berry says : "[Daryl Davis is a] very fine musician. You really ought to hear him" and when you have a quote like that from the King of Rock n' Roll, what else do you need? You could say musician, author, lecturer, actor and race relations expert, Daryl Davis plays with fire, and that's more fact than fiction! As a musician, Daryl lights up the crowd with burnin' Boogie-Woogie piano. As an author, Daryl's nonfiction book, Klan-Destine Relationships, provides a thrilling, first-person account of a Black man's journey into the mindset of the Ku Klux Klan.

Josh Christina may just barely be in his second decade, but he is undeniably an old musical soul. The Baltimore-based rockabilly artist, who inherited his musical chops from his parents and grandmother, embraces the essence of big band rock and roll and rockabilly on his latest single, "Rockabilly Saturday Night" from his latest album, I'm 21, which was produced by Kent Wells. Playing the keys with the dazzle of Jerry Lee Lewis, and singing with a youthful swagger reminiscent of Presley, Christina combines a nostalgic feel with a dynamic freshness that will have you on your feet and feeling alright

Daryl Davis recorded "Daryl's Boogie" in one take after working hard through a five hour recording session with The Guy Jenkins Band. Amazing! For more about Daryl, visit www.daryldavis.com

Richie and Rosie
And Potter Violins Open House
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:30 pm.
The John Kendall Hall at Potter Violins, 7711 Eastern Ave, Takoma Park, MD, 20912 (Directions)
Tickets : $15 adv, $20 door
Students (with ID) : $12 adv, $17 door
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RIchie and Rosie. RIchie and Rosie.
l-r: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton.
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Tonight we have a special evening with Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. In addition to Richie and Rosie, it's a brand new IMT venue : the John Kendall Recital Hall at Potter Violins! Potters has just moved from their Bethesda location to take over the Blair Mansion Inn in Takoma Park, complete with a special performance space named after Suzuki pioneer John Kendall. To introduce our new partnership, Potters Violins will be conducting an open house in conjunction with this concert.

About Richie and Rosie: Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.  Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including The Horse Flies,and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.  Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer. She has toured with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog RunThe Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy,  The Pearly Snaps and occasionally celtic all-star band Ferintosh. She has also made a career in teaching at various music camps across the country. 

Visit Richie and Rosie's website at www.richieandrosie.com/.

Fiddle-playing, banjo strumming duo Richie and Rosie plays a new song for Above the Galaxy in Downtown Binghamton, NY. They're joined by Bess Greenberg.

Pierre Bensusan
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Students (with ID) & Children: $15 advance, $20 door
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Pierre Bensusan. Pierre Bensusan.
Pierre Bensusan.
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"The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself."

"Bensusan is very much his own animal. It’s like listening to a butterfly, to dappled sunshine coming through quaking aspens. His music flits and darts around like fish in a pool. And his compositions manage to encompass both the calmness of the pool and the flashing of the fish."
-
Nyack News and Views (USA, Dan Cohen, Oct 4, 2015)

There is a sense of something both playful and serious in Pierre's work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “Brazilian”, "Arabic" or “French”; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. A great embassador of peace. Not to be missed!

Visit Pierre's website at www.pierrebensusan.com.

Pierre Bensusan | L'Alcimiste Live at the National Concert Hall - October 2014

Dry Branch Fire Squad
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 adv., $25 door
Students (with ID): $15 adv., $20 door
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Dry Branch Fire Squad. Dry Branch Fire Squad.
Dry Branch Fire Squad.
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“Simply put, this is the best live band playing today...each time I was moved not only to laughter, but tears and joy as well. Every time.” — Chris Stuart, Southern California Bluegrass News Maybe that's enough to describe Dry Branch Fire Squad - but if you need a bit more : Dry Branch Fire Squad provides thoughtful harmony lines that give expression to the soulfulness and meaning of bluegrass and old-time music. With impeccable timing and knowledge of the modern side of country, Ron’s social commentary, catchy lyrics and song choice from the oldest traditions of music makes Dry Branch Fire Squad one of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass.

Visit The Squad's website at drybranchfiresquad.com.

The popular regional bluegrass group Dry Branch Fire Squad performs at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Low Lily
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Seekers Church, Washington, DC, 20012 (Directions)
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door.
Students (with ID) & Children: $12 advance, $17 door.
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Low Lily. Low Lily.
l-r: Lissa, Flynn, Liz.
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The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

Visit Low Lily's website at www.lowlily.com/.

Folk Alley Sessions: Low Lily performs "Full Grown Love."