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Kaia Kater
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 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.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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Kaia Kater Kaia Kater
Photo by Polina Mourzina
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Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia.

Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America every day. Her songs on the album are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger. Kater will return to the studio this fall to release a new album in early 2018.

As Kater explains: "Toni Morrison once said: ‘If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.’ Music and poetry are the languages I speak. Any time I travel, words come walking back with me. They have souls and histories. They create me and I create them."

Kater has made one of the most daring, inventive traditional records in recent years, at a time when Appalachian music is experiencing a revival.

— Jonathan, Bernstein, American Songwriter Magazine

 

Visit Kaia's website at kaiakater.com.

LR Baggs Presents Kaia Kater performing "Paradise Fell." This session was filmed at the LR Baggs Soundcheck Office in Nashville, TN during the 2016 Americana Festival.

Al Petteway
A Rare Night
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets : $25
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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This show is SOLD OUT
Tickets will not be available at the door.

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A rare evening with Al Petteway? Perhaps a singular evening. As we put together the night our records surprised us - showing that we've had plenty of shows with Al, but possibly never a SOLO show with Al Pettway (don't tell us different, we hate being wrong!) - and certainly never one in such an intimate environment as our "House Concert" space at School of Musical Traditions. With seating limited to just 40 people, it's as advertised : A Rare Evening!

Al Petteway is a Grammy & Indie Award Winner, best known for his lyrical and powerful fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing heard on dozens of recordings, instructional videos, and film soundtracks, including several PBS documentaries by Ken Burns, most notably the Emmy-winning film “The National Parks-America’s Best idea.” Al’s compositions are strongly influenced by the Celtic, Folk, Rock and Blues styles he has performed in the studio and on stage with many of the best-known artists in those genres. He was voted one of the “Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of All Time” by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and for more than twenty years, he has coordinated the Guitar Week program for The Swannanoa Gathering summer music camp near Asheville, NC.  Al lives high in the mountains with his wife and musical partner Amy White along with an endlessly entertaining variety of domestic and wild critters.

"Possibly one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of my lifetime, Al possesses an innate talent for something I call “Melodic Prosidy”. Prosidy is what a songwriter may possess, having the ability to convey lyrics in a natural, conversational manner. James Taylor, for example, would be the king of such a thing, as musical lyrics go. Al has this same gift, but expresses it in melodic lines that seem to be comfortable and almost anticipated, even upon a first hearing. It’s incredibly unusual, and is something that permeates every Al Petteway recording I’ve ever heard. Fascinating."
- Ricky Fitzpatrick , FIVE ON FIVE

Visit Al's website at alandamy.com.

Performance of Land Of The Sky by Grammy-Winning Fingerstyle guitarist Al Petteway.

Al Petteway Teaches:
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar in DADGAD
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Workshop : $40, Workshop + Show $60
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DADGAD tuning is more versatile than most guitarists believe. Though the tuning is best known as a favorite of Celtic guitarists, Al Petteway has managed to find elegant and simple ways to use it for virtually every style of music. Having come from a Blues, Rock and Folk background, it was only natural that it would become one of Al’s favorite tunings for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar as well. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the tuning in place of standard and open D tunings for styles ranging from a Hendrix style shuffle to Jazz to the Folk Blues styles of guitarists like Doc Watson and Etta Baker who grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina not far from where Al makes his home.

Al Petteway is a Grammy & Indie Award Winner, best known for his lyrical and powerful fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing heard on dozens of recordings, instructional videos, and film soundtracks, including several PBS documentaries by Ken Burns, most notably the Emmy-winning film “The National Parks-America’s Best idea.” Al’s compositions are strongly influenced by the Celtic, Folk, Rock and Blues styles he has performed in the studio and on stage with many of the best-known artists in those genres. He was voted one of the “Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of All Time” by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and for more than twenty years, he has coordinated the Guitar Week program for The Swannanoa Gathering summer music camp near Asheville, NC.  Al lives high in the mountains with his wife and musical partner Amy White along with an endlessly entertaining variety of domestic and wild critters.

Visit Al's website at alandamy.com.

"This is a workshop that I taught at the Memphis guitar festival and I will be teaching it again in 2018" - Al

Conor Brendan
CD Release
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Allyworld, 7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD, 20912 (Directions)
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
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Conor Brendan Conor Brendan
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Conor & The Wild Hunt is a progressive Americana quartet intent on inspiring positive change in a troubled world. With artful and driving instrumentation, blooming four part harmonies, impassioned duets, and a compelling stage presence, Conor & The Wild Hunt animates soulful original songs with modern takes on Americana traditions. Seating is very limited at Tonal Park's "Ally World" but there isn't a better sounding venue in the area!

Aged 23, Conor Brendan has been a recording artist for over a decade. He has written and recorded over 70 songs professionally. Conor & The Wild Hunt is a progressive Americana band, ranging from cinematic ballads to social justice themes, incorporating psychedelic interludes and explosive tribal-like passages. Conor Brendan performed at Boulder Theatre with Trevor Hall, Nahko, Wookiefoot, Earth Guardians, and Tubby Love. He has also performed at other major venues such as World Café Live, Rams Head Live, The 8x10, Gordon Center Theater, Metro Gallery, Headquarters Live, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Oregon Ridge Amphitheater, The Cabooze and the Altamont Theater, among others. One of his songs was placed in the show ‘Forever’. Conor is a water protector who spent a month on the front lines of Standing Rock, and performed in multiple concerts to support the Sioux Nation, solo and accompanying Peter Yarrow and other artists.

Visit Conor's website at conorbrendan.com.

Conor & The Wild Hunt is: Conor Brendan I Paty Sevener I Chris Elvidge I Juan Soto-Bown Camera Work by Jon Garcia

Beyond Strumming:
Guitar Workshop w Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:00 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
$25 - only 12 slots available!!!
Combination workshop + show just $35
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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
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When you’re playing guitar behind vocals, you can do so much more than simply strum the chords and keep the time. In this workshop based on Jeffrey’s new Acoustic Guitar book/video series Beyond Strumming (available in April as a book or downloadable guide, complete with notation and video instruction!), you’ll learn how to add variety and power to your accompaniment with such techniques as partial chords, chord embellishments, bass lines, muting, string percussion, cross-picking, alternate tunings, and partial capos.

Jeffrey is the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter and the video series Learn Seven Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar.

"A great resource for people looking to play songs in new ways, Beyond Strumming provides guitarists with a useful toolbox of accompaniment techniques in a methodical and clear format." —Chris Eldridge

You don’t need to be a virtuoso to play interesting guitar parts or accompany your songs in a more compelling way. I spent years dead reckoning my way to some of these approaches that Jeffrey lays out clearly in these pages. I wish this book had existed when I was learning how to play guitar.” —Mark Erelli

Jeffrey is a great guitar player. Sensitive and strong, and makes it look deceptively easy.”—Dan Bern

 

Visit Jeffrey's website at jeffreypepperrodgers.com.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
& Wendy Sassafras Ramsay
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
$20 - limited seating
Combination workshop + show just $35
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers & Wendy Sassafras Ramsay Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers & Wendy Sassafras Ramsay
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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers & Wendy Sassafras Ramsay Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers & Wendy Sassafras Ramsay
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Pepper and Sassafras
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. Rodgers delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. Based in upstate New York, the two musicians were finalists for Best Duo at FreshGrass and winners of New Voices Showcase at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival. 

"Wendy is as sassy as sassafras. Jeffrey is the antithesis of hot pepper: gentle and thoughtful. Together they stir up great music—clever, funny, and thought provoking, with an easy rapport with the audience."—Gail Brett, Park Coffeehouse

Visit Pepper and Sassafras' website at jeffreypepperrodgers.com.

Folk Alley Sessions: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers performs "Fly" from his album, 'Humming My Way Back Home.'

Old Time Banjo Festival Workshop with Evie Ladin
Hands On Clawhammer Tune-Up: for intermediate players
Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:30 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Registration: $45 advance, $50 door.
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Evie Ladin Evie Ladin
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Old Time Banjo Fest Old Time Banjo Fest
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What is that rhythmic whomp that makes clawhammer banjo so funky?  Evie Ladin marries melody, harmony & rhythm in a distinctive style that drives tunes along, and gives depth to songs. Emphasizing ear training, syncopations, and achieving better tone, we’ll take a look at what makes versions of tunes unique, and how to capture that on your instrument.  A patient and experienced teacher, Evie aims to give all levels of players something to chew on.  Students should have the basic bum-diddy and be ready to learn some tunes and licks.

A Bit More About Evie Ladin:
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography.  Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.

This workshop is part of the 12th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival Concert:
with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Dom Flemons, Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet with Rachel Eddy
Sunday, June 17th, 7:30pm
The Birchmere, Alexandria VA
Tickets & info: http://www.birchmere.com/events/the-mike-seeger-commemorative-12th-annual-old-time-banjo-festival/

Visit Evie's website at evieladin.com.

Evie Ladin performs a solo banjo version of the tune “Trouble On My Mind” by Kentucky fiddler John Morgan Salyer in the Peghead Nation video studio.

Old Time Banjo Festival Workshop with Cathy Fink
Clawhammer For Beginners
Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:30 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Registration: $45 advance, $50 door.
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Cathy Fink Cathy Fink
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Old Time Banjo Fest Old Time Banjo Fest
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In her introduction to her "Clawhammer Banjo - Beginner Module 1" Cathy Fink states "Whatever works and makes the music you want to make, go for it!" but it's undeniable that having a great teacher to get you started on the right track helps a lot. Join us for a two hour introduction to Clawhammer Banjo taught by a master of the form. Get started right here, right now! Or, if you already play a little, solidify your right hand and early chords.

Cathy Fink is a Grammy-winning performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing old time banjo for over 30 years. She has won the West Virginia State Banjo Contest three times, and her CD, Banjo Haiku, has become a classic in its genre. Cathy's teaching skills have been honed at music camps throughout the country, and she has made several popular lessons available through her website. Cathy performs and records with Marcy Marxer. Together they have toured the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. 

This workshop is part of the 12th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival Concert:
with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Dom Flemons, Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet with Rachel Eddy
Sunday, June 17th, 7:30pm
The Birchmere, Alexandria VA
Tickets & info: http://www.birchmere.com/events/the-mike-seeger-commemorative-12th-annual-old-time-banjo-festival/

Visit Cathy's website at cathymarcy.com/.

A little teaser of things you'll be learning with Cathy Fink!

Island Charms: Lil' Rev
Ukulele Workshop & Mini-Concert
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:30 pm.
School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Registration: $35
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Entertainer & educator Lil' Rev will lead a group workshop on how to play Calypso, Reggae and New Orleans styles on the ukulele. Open to all levels of players (geared for folks who already know some basic chords on the uke, but even total beginners are welcome). A short mini-concert will follow the workshop.

Lil' Rev is a world-class entertainer and steward of vintage song and lore. Performing with ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and banjo, Rev has an unmatched repertoire of both traditional and original song, poetry, storytelling and humor. Audiences will sing along, clap, laugh and maybe even shed a tear! Both entertainer and educator, Rev is renowned as one of the preeminent ukulele instructors and performers in the nation, with seven instructional books to his credit. Rev was inducted in the Traditional Old Time Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
lilrev.com

"A remarkable musician, entertainer, and teacher."
- John Leefe, Mayor, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Visit Lil' Rev's website at lilrev.com.

Lil' Rev at the 2010 New York Uke Fest.