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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
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases. All tickets are general admission.
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Pierre Bensusan. Pierre Bensusan.
Pierre Bensusan.
Photo : Eric Giammattei
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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
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases. All tickets are general admission.
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Dry Branch Fire Squad. Dry Branch Fire Squad.
Dry Branch Fire Squad.
Photo: Jill Murphy
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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.

Class of 88 - Celebrating Chuck Berry
Jon Carroll, Daryl Davis & Josh Christina
Monday, April 17, 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. All tickets are general admission.
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Jon Carroll. Jon Carroll.
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Josh Christina. Josh Christina.
Josh Christina.
Photo Courtesy of Artist.
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We are fortunate in that we're able to reschedule our Class of 88 Show so swiftly, and with the passing of Chuck Berry, suddenly this music, these talents, these players, are more pertinent than ever.

Below, a picture of Class of 88 Performer Daryl Davis performing with rock icon, Chuck Berry.

 

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, Daryl Davis and Josh Christina - Celebrating the Music of Chuck Berry..

“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.

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.

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

This isn't one of our typical videos of our upcoming performers PLAYING, but it's a clip of Daryl Davis discussing his admiration and Love for Chuck Berry - and his importance in racial relations.

Celtic Fiddle Festival
Christian Lemaitre | Charlie McKerron | Kevin Burke | Nicolas Quemener
Monday, April 24, 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. All tickets are general admission.
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Celtic Fiddle Festival. Celtic Fiddle Festival.
l-r : Christian Lemaitre, Charlie McKerron, Kevin Burke and Nicolas Quemener.
Photo : Ben Costello
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"…each of those fiddlers is not only a master musician but is also a master performer. They have stage craft to burn…… If you can get to see them live you are in for a treat, if not their album is a live performance distilled and bottled into a vintage malt, do take a dram." - Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine A special night with four "mesmerizing" fiddlers, a "real treat beyond all borders and barriers". "See them collectively if you can, individually if you must, but don’t miss Celtic Fiddle Festival." Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine

Visit The Festival's website at celticfiddlefestival.com.

Leaving Brittany & The Pernod Waltz @ Celtic Connections 2016. Kevin Burke, Charlie McKerron, Christian Le Maitre and Nicolas Quemener.

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.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases. All tickets are general admission.
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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."