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The Bog Band
CD Release
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $10 or $30 for the Whole Family!
$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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The Big B of the Bog Band. The Big B of the Bog Band.
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The Bog Band is a group of young musicians with a passion for traditional Irish music and dance. The group began some fifteen years ago at the Washington Waldorf School, where director Mitch Fanning taught violin. Most of the members are middle and high school students living in the Greater Washington D.C. area - and it is IMT's HONOR to present their CD Release here in Rockville, MD - "An album of traditional Irish music by the Bog Band, a group of extremely talented young musicians who are famously mad for trad!"

Over the years and even now, fiddles remain the focus, but the band has also featured a variety of other traditional Irish instruments including guitar, bouzouki, bodhran drum), flute, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo, button accordion and piano.   Many members have competed and placed at a variety of local and regional traditional Irish music competitions. Some have competed in the “all-Ireland”Fleadh Cheoil nahÉireann.  

The Bog Band has performed and earned great reviews at events and festivals throughout the Baltimore/Washington area including the Embassy of Ireland, Potomac Celtic Festival, The Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, The DC Mayor's Awards Gala, Montgomery County Arts Council events, ShamRock Fest, Takoma Park Folk Festival, The Glen Echo Irish Festival, EuroNight, Kid’s Euro Fest, MetroPerforms!, The Washington Folk Festival, and at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and many other private parties throughout the area. The Bog Band has also helped raise etns of thousands of dollars by concertizing for charities and public interest groups, most notably for Child Justice, a child-advocacy organization and The Father McKenna Center, a homeless shelter in DC.  

Visit The Bog Band's website at bogband.com.

The Bog Band and the D.C. Donegal Fiddlers perform at the Folk Festival. Director: Robyn Ratcliffe

Fahey & Folk
w Daniel Bachman
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD, 20912 (Directions)

A reconstruction of John Fahey's Recording King. A reconstruction of John Fahey's Recording King.
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Daniel Bachman. Daniel Bachman.
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This event is made possible through the We Are Takoma Foundation. Admission is a $10 Suggested Donation.

Washington may have been a “bourgeois town” for much of the twentieth century, but in the late 1950s, bohemian culture began to develop in coffee houses and music venues. Takoma Park guitarist John Fahey once quipped that he moved to California in 1962 because their “wasn’t much going on” in the DC music scene in the late 50s and early 60s, but history shows that there was a burgeoning folk and music scene that had a lasting impact.

FAHEY & FOLK will explore this music scene through a panel discussion featuring journalists Richard Harrington and Tom Cole, as well as musician and label mate, Max Ochs. The panel will focus on many of the important venues of the past, such as Hamilton Arms, Coffee ‘N’ Confusion, The Unicorn, and many others.

Following the panel discussion, guitarist Daniel Bachman will perform a set of original and Fahey compositions. A second panel discussion, featuring Richard Harrington, Tom Cole, Daniel Bachman, and David Eisner will discuss Fahey’s influence on American music as well as the importance of Takoma Records, one of the first and longest artist-run record companies in music history.
This event is sponsored by the Institute of Musical Traditions as part of the We Are Takoma series and as such admission is a suggested donation of $10.

John Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer. Living in Takoma Park, MD - at the age of 16 he bought his first guitar for $17 out of the Sears & Roebuck catalog. His style quickly developed and has become greatly influential, and has been described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian music into his work and in 2003, was ranked by Rolling Stone 35th out of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

More about Daniel Bachman:

"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

Daniel Bachman calls Durham, N.C., home now, but he grew up around the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. It's a quiet town in Northern Virginia that still has a pharmacy with cheap sandwiches...

A Celebration of Orrin Star
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)

Remembering Orrin Star. Remembering Orrin Star.
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This event is free to the public!

Master flat picker, humorist, singer and teacher Orrin Star graced the national bluegrass and folk scene for more than 40 years. Please join us as the Institute of Musical Traditions and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington come together to celebrate his life and musical legacy. We're proud to be co-sponsoring this tribute to a good friend who left us too soon.

Performers include Randy Barrett, Danny Knicely and Dede Wyland. Other performers TBA as time and schedule allow. Everyone attending will be given an Orrin Star commemorative CD!

Randy Barrett has been singing, playing guitar and banjo, and songwriting with several regional bluegrass bands for the last several decades. His voice has been noted for its power and soulfulness, and he is now stretching his horizons as a solo artist in folk and country music. His song "Hold Me Forever" was recorded by Grace Griffith.

Danny Knicely is a multi-talented musician and music producer from the Shenandoah valley of Virginia. He is constantly active performing and recording his own music and working with other musicians and dancers

"Dede Wyland remains among the most affecting, and downright beautiful voices to ever glide atop banjos 
and mandolins.
" - BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $25 advance, $29 door.
Students (with ID) & Children: $20 advance, $24 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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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay's composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' The Civil War on PBS. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. The piece was originally inspired by Jay & Molly's Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps in New York's Catskill Mountains, which are still going strong today.

Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles-19th-century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic Fiddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing-along with their own songs, Fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions.

Visit Jay and Molly's website at jayandmolly.com.

The Lover's Waltz, performed by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (www.jayandmolly.com). In concert at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) Concert, Silver Spring, MD, on February 28th, 2011.

David Roth - Songwriting Workshop
Songwriting for Everyone ~ Feedback for Some
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 1:00 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Workshop : $35, Workshop + Evening Concert $40 + $2 processing fee.
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“Songwriting for Everyone ~ Feedback for Some” workshop with David Roth “Songwriting for Everyone ~ Feedback for Some” workshop with David Roth
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In this two-part all-levels workshop with David Roth we’ll get a jumpstart on new songs and examine the different elements that help make a song click. How? We’ll engage in lively dialogue/exercises/demonstrations on topics like sculpting inspiration, developing universal truths from personal stories, the marriage of lyrics and music, tackling tough subject matter, and being honest. The second part of our time together will be devoted to constructive feedback on your works in progress - getting unstuck and moving forward to completion. We’ll also have fun in a safe, playful, supportive, permissive, and powerful environment and with any luck (luck: the intersection of opportunity and persistence) we’ll be on our way to bringing something more beautiful into the world.

There is limited availability for this workshop so grab a slot NOW - and combine it with a ticket to the evening's show "My Voice Matters" (David Roth + Rob Guttenberg and Tom Scullen!) for just $40!

David Roth : Joining us from his home on Cape Cod, David Roth is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and enthusiastic instructor who has taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries over the last three decades. David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Kennedy Center, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, 14 CDs of his own, Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, and countless venues in this ~ and now OTHER ~ worlds~!

Visit David's website at davidrothmusic.com.

My Voice Matters : David Roth
w Rob Guttenberg & Tom Scullen
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
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Rob Guttenberg Rob Guttenberg
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This event was sponsored in part through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery This event was sponsored in part through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery
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On April 7th, Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a show sure to resonate with survivors, family members and the professionals who work with them. David Roth and Rob Guttenberg with special guest Tom Scullen bring a story about the human spirit and the creative drive that can lift any of us to our highest achievements.  This is a performance that promises to be "moving and energizing," in the words of Jim Dickson, vice president of organizing and civic engagement for the American Association of People with Disabilities.

In addition : RainSong has graciously donated one RainSong Shorty SG Guitar to raffle off in association with the "My Voice Matters" show! Proceeds will benefit the Institute of Musical Traditions (remember, we're an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3)!) - and we're hugely grateful to RainSong for the support! Get your raffle tickets ($5 for one or 5 for $20!) right here!

Rob Guttenberg:
A singer/songwriter who's been performing since he was a student at Brown University in the 1970s, has made music a guiding force in his recovery and life as a brain injury survivor.  Rob weaves his distinct messages into a rich narrative about his recovery and everything he's learned about what people can accomplish. Tonight Rob will be accompanied by a truly stunning band : Tom Scullen - Bassist and Vocals, Bob Ortiz - Percussion and Vocals, Gary Clark - Guitar and Vocals, Helen Clark - Vocals!

David Roth:
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for three decades. Tonight David will be accompanied by percussionist Cheryl Prashker!

Living Every Day – A Creative Journey
The unique power of creative expression as a force for personal recovery from brain injury.
Rob was just 29 when he experienced a brain hemorrhage in 1983 from an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The doctors were able to save him with surgery, but the AVM rupture left him with severe physical and cognitive impairments and he had to relearn the most basic functions of daily life.  But by 1985, Rob had made enough progress that he was able to go to work using his master's degree in counseling psychology.  He took a job at YMCA Youth Services in Montgomery County, where he continues to work today.

Wheelchair accessible Sign language interpretation Available if requested by March 9th (please call IMT at 301.960.3655).

[This event was sponsored in part through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland]

Visit David's website at davidrothmusic.com.

"I Stand for Love" by Anne Hills & David Roth

RainSong Raffle
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30 pm.
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$5 each or 5 for $20!
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RainSong Shorty SG RainSong Shorty SG
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RainSong has graciously donated one RainSong Shorty SG Guitar to raffle off in association with April 7th's David Roth and Rob Guttenberg "My Voice Matters" show! Proceeds will benefit the Institute of Musical Traditions (remember, we're an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3)!) - and we're hugely grateful to RainSong for the support!

Raffle tickets will be available online till 1pm on April 7th, and through the intermission at the show!

The Shorty SG is RainSong's most refined body shape, a unidirectional soundboard, hybrid body construction and a short scale 12-fret neck -- the perfect combination for an intimate instrument with a warm tone and surprising punch and is valued at around $2000. The winner will be selected and announced at the show (though you do not need to be in attendance to win).

Acoustic Guitar senior editor Teja Gerken demonstrates the RainSong Shorty SG carbon-fiber guitar.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Friday, April 13, 2018, 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.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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Natalie and Aladair. Natalie and Aladair.
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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 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

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
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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.
"House Concerts" at 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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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.

In addition to the Saturday evening performance, Al will be teaching a School of Musical Traditions workshop "Fingerstyle Blues Guitar in DADGAD Tuning" on Sunday afternoon.

"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 Tuning
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 pm.
"House Concerts" at 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

Beyond Strumming:
Creative Guitar Accompaniment
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:00 pm.
"House Concerts" at 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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Beyond Strumming: Creative Guitar Accompaniment
Workshop taught by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
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 (coming April 2018), 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.

Visit Jeffrey's website at jeffreypepperrodgers.com.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
& Wendy Sassafras Ramsay
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30 pm.
"House Concerts" at 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.'