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Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker
Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Students & Children: $15 advance, $20 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
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Robin Bullock Robin Bullock
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Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker
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Robin Bullock returns for our annual Celtic holiday concert, with hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner and fiddler Elke Baker.

Robin Bullock

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 Christmas Eve is Here.

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. Combining familiar favorites such as What Child is This, The First Noel, O Little Town of Bethlehem and his show-stopping solo guitar arrangement of Carol of the Bells with lesser-known pieces such as the traditional Scottish carol Rorate, the Irish Wexford Carol and the Shetland Islands fiddle tuneChristmas Day in the Morning, Robin weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable evening of acoustic Christmas cheer.

Visit Robin's website at www.robinbullock.com.

Robin Bullock performs Carrol of the Bells at IMT, Dec. 2013.

Ken Kolodner

Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of “one of today’s most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists...” (Elderly) and a fine old-time fiddler. Ken has performed for over 30 years as a soloist and in ensembles with Scottish national fiddle champion Elke Baker, his son Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo, banjola, vocals), with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), and with many others. He has been featured numerous times on NPR, The Thistle and the Shamrock, All Things Considered, Performance Today, the CBC, the Voice of America, Germany National Radio, and countless radio shows.

Visit Ken's website at www.kenkolodner.com.

Elke Baker

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker has played all over North America and in places as far-flung as Japan, West Africa, and Scotland, as well at The Birchmere (with Ken Kolodner) and the Kennedy Center in her hometown of Washington, D.C. She brings a scholar's depth of knowledge and an extremely engaging manner to her performances, as well as an intimate knowledge of just what makes people want to dance.

Visit Elke's website at www.elkebaker.com.

Elke Baker & Ken Kolodner perform Bring a Torch, The Orange Rogue & Lango Lee at IMT, Dec. 2013.

Visit Robin's website at www.robinbullock.com.

"Alison's Waltz", performed by Elke Baker (www.elkebaker.com), Ken Kolodner (www.kenkolodner.com) & Robin Bullock (www.robinbullock.com) at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Rockv

A Scandinavian Christmas
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running, Charlie Pilzer w Chris Ousley
Monday, December 18, 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.
$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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Loretta Kelley, Charlie Pilzer & Andrea Hoag Loretta Kelley, Charlie Pilzer & Andrea Hoag
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Tonight Andea Hoag will also join forces with nyckelharpa performer Melissa Running Tonight Andea Hoag will also join forces with nyckelharpa performer Melissa Running
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Dave Eisner is going around town yelling "The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming!" but what he MEANS is: we're going to have a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website at hoagkelleypilzer.com.

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.