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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!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

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.

Lulu's Fate "House" Concert
at School of Musical Traditions
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 7:30 pm.
"House Concerts" at School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets $15 at door
$12 for students (with ID) & Children
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Lulu's Fate Lulu's Fate
l-r Kristen, Kara and Tom
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Lulu's Fate Lulu's Fate
l-r : Kara, Kristen and Tom
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We're celebrating the opening of School of Musical Traditions (an expansion of House of Musical Traditions' lessons program) with our first "House" concert! School of Musical Traditions is located in the Talbott Center shopping plaza at 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD (use the rear parking lot off Talbott St; easiest entrance is on this side). A new facility with 6 private lessons rooms, SMT offers lessons on a wide range of instruments, and also has a larger space for workshops and house concerts!

Our first concert will be DC-based old-time/Americana trio Lulu's Fate. Comprised of Tom Espinola on mandolin & guitar, Kristen Jones on cello and singer Kara Bolling, the trio blends virtuosic instrumentals with lush 3-part harmonies to create new interpretations of traditional tunes. Lulu's Fate performs of mix of music from the Appalachian, southern string band and country blues traditions, as well as early swing, gospel, original tunes and covers ranging from Hank Williams to Tom Waits. They've been favorites at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Washington Folk Festival, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival and more. Their CD "The Blackest Crow" was voted "Best Debut Recording" in 2014 by the Washington Area Music Association.

Visit Lulu's Fate's website at lulusfate.com.

Lulu's Fate performs the traditional song "Red Rocking Chair" at their CD release concert with Institute of Musical Traditions, May 15 2015, at Seekers Church in Washington, DC.

Lilt 'N' Dance
Lilt w Culkin LIVE
Monday, January 29, 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.
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Lilt and the Culkin LIVE Dancers Lilt and the Culkin LIVE Dancers
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Lilt and the Culkin LIVE Dancers Lilt and the Culkin LIVE Dancers
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Lilt. Lilt.
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Lilt is the Irish traditional music duo of Tina Eck on flute and tin whistle and Keith Carr on bouzouki and banjo.  They play the traditional dance music of Ireland - jigs, reels, hornpipes, the occasional slow air or vocal number.  They met in the Washington DC pub session circuit and have been performing together steadily since 2009.  We are excited about their new show Lilt 'n' Dance which they have created in collaboration with dance champion Kate Bole and her superb team of Culkin LIVE dancers. Kate has developed amazing choreography for Lilt's music, and the dancing is innovative and breathtaking.

Lilt has released three CDs; "Lilt", their ?rst (2010) became a surprise hit in their local Irish scene. Their second, "Onward", came out in 2011, and "Little Falls", their latest, was released in December 2013. Their recordings have been critically acclaimed in the US and in the international Irish music press. In addition to Keith and Tina, "Onward" and "Little Falls" feature a number of prominent guest artists, who add a variety of stylistic nuances to the duo's signature "?ute and zouk" sound.

Lilt is a multiple nominee for the Wammy Awards (2012-2015) and they were nominated for the international Irish Music Awards in 2012. They have appeared in concert throughout the eastern US, with performances at such notable venues as The Embassy of Ireland, The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Institute of Musical Traditions, The Old Brogue Celtic Concert Series, the Washington Conservatory of Music, the Swift Run Celtic Concert Series, and numerous music festivals.

"…a sound that is often moody, sometimes delicate, and – perhaps when you least expect it – will seize you by the shoulders with a quiet yet prodigious intensity.” - Boston Irish Reporter

"It has all been a lovely listen.  I am in awe..... the things you are playing are so beautiful and very complex." - Reed Martin, Old Time musician Lilt's latest CD is "Little Falls"

Visit Lilt's website at liltirishmusic.com.

Lilt & Friends with The Culkin Dancers performed at the CCE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week Sunday Faculty Concert.

Lloyd Martin & Vox
Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Kipyn Martin & Victoria Vox
Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Seekers Church, Washington, DC, 20012 (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.
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Lloyd Martin & Vox Lloyd Martin & Vox
l-r Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Victoria Vox & Kipyn Martin
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Lloyd, Martin & Vox Lloyd, Martin & Vox
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During years of relentless solo touring, folk songstresses Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Kipyn Martin and Victoria Vox often co-billed as one duo or the other. When all three finally wound up on the same stage last year, they had an idea: Let’s be a band for a night, featuring ukulele, mouth trumpet, bass, hand percussion, finger-picked guitar and big harmonies.

With the huge success of that show in Baltimore (and another after that) … Lloyd Martin and Vox was born. Marrying Vox’s renowned mouth trumpet and ukulele prowess, Martin’s flawless folk songwriting and vocals and Lloyd’s powerhouse percussion makes this trio a little bit funky, a little bit folky and definitely fierce. Three of the most signature, polished voices on the folk/acoustic scene also make for rich harmony throughout the group’s re-imagined covers and original tunes, which have garnered the songwriters each prestigious honors, among them: appearances on the Jay Leno Show, numerous songwriting and performance awards in 2017 alone (including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest), TWO Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most Wanted Artists and dozens of Washington Area Music nominations and awards between them. With Vox now calling California home, their shows together in the MD/DC area are rare and special - Don't miss this one!

Visit Lloyd Martin & Vox's website at heatheraubreylloyd.com/lloyd-martin-vox.

Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Kipyn Martin and Victoria Vox occasionally trio it up for a show, and make sounds like these. #lloydmartinandvox

SAFE HARBOUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
MARK WALBRIDGE & FRIENDS
Saturday, February 10, 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, $20door.
$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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SAFE HARBOUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT SAFE HARBOUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
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Mark Walbridge Rocking. Mark Walbridge Rocking.
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SAFE HARBOUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
(Saturday, February 10th, 2018)

MARK WALBRIDGE & FRIENDS

Featuring

HICKORY WIND - SAFE HARBOUR – MITCHELSTOWN

and

THE SAFE HARBOUR BAND

with

Billy McComiskey* – Sean Heely* – Riggy Rackin – Tracy Jenkins – Elaine Thompson – Charlie MacVicar – Mikey McComiskey - Zan McLeod – Myron Bretholz – Alex Kuldell* – Joanne Dodds – Janet Donnelly – Tina Eck – Ann Bartuska

 

Join us on Saturday, February 10th, to celebrate the release of the new album, SAFE HARBOUR, by Mark Walbridge & FriendsMark Walbridge was the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the DC-based 1970’s band, HICKORY WIND.  This new album reunites four (of five) original members of HICKORY WIND (Sam Morgan, Bob Shank, Mark Walbridge & Glen McCarthy), while also featuring performances by the SAFE HARBOUR duo (Morgan & Walbridge), MITCHELSTOWN (Dennis ‘Doc’ Botzer, Pam Bozzi, & Mark Walbridge), and ‘THE SAFE HARBOUR BAND’ . . . a group of DC/Baltimore-based Irish and Scottish traditional musicians and vocalists who appear on the album.

The concert will feature a performance of the SAFE HARBOUR album in its entirety, interspersed with cameo performances by some of the participating musicians.

SAFE HARBOUR focuses on Celtic music in the broad sense—songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Northumbria (northern England)—liberally flavored with songs of the sea, a dominant force in Celtic music.  While initial tracks date to late 2012, the majority of the album was recorded in 2016-17 (available from CD Baby.com).  Grounded in traditional folk music, SAFE HARBOUR includes contemporary arrangements of traditional songs, taking advantage of the skills and expertise of the members of HICKORY WIND and the SAFE HARBOUR duo.  The album also features two Walbridge original songs (one a Walbridge/Morgan collaboration).

Bringing together nearly 20 musicians and vocalists, the SAFE HARBOUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT will be a unique experience unlikely to be repeated—a truly special evening of traditional and folk music.  Because seating is limited to 250 tickets, advance purchase is highly recommended.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Performers include:

Mark Walbridge (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, & viola da gamba)
Sam Morgan (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, & piano)
Bob Shank (hammered dulcimer & 5-string banjo)
Glen McCarthy (acoustic/electric bass)
Dennis ‘Doc’ Botzer (piano & fiddle)
Pam Bozzi (Anglo concertina)
*Billy McComiskey (button accordion)
*Sean Heely (fiddle)
Riggy Rackin (English concertina & vocals)
Tracy Jenkins (Scottish small pipes)
Elaine Thompson (Irish wooded flute)
Charlie MacVicar (uillean pipes & harmonica)
Mikey McComiskey (button accordion)
Zan McLeod (guitar & bouzouki)
Myron Bretholz (bodhran & bones)
*Alex Kuldell (pipe band snare drum & bodhran)
Joanne Dodds (backing vocals & guitar)
Janet Donnelly (backing vocals & bodhran)
*Tina Eck (backing vocals & Irish wooden flute)
Ann Bartuska (backing vocals)

*appearance pending final confirmation from the artist

The band Hickory Wind formed in late 1972/early 1973 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Original band members Sam Morgan, Bob Shank, Pete Tenney, and Glen McCarthy, all students at West Virginia University