Institute of Musical Traditions

Tonight - the SPRING w Jillian Matundan in Olney, MD

Monday - Annual Celtic Holiday Show in Rockville, MD

Every Tuesday at the SPRING in Olney, MD!

Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local music scene, an open mic night! Live from the Sandy Spring Museum (17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860) and webcast Live on Facebook & YouTube. Details and online registration through Upcoming featured artists include Jillian Matundan, Luke Roberts, and Petrichord.

As always - Thank you in advance for your support:
Please remember, as an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Institute of Musical Traditions is made possible through ticket sales, grants and YOUR donations. Our Live webcasts don't make up for "real" shows - so IMT wants to weather the storm to be able to present these artists in the future! You can donate by heading over to or by visiting us at

And thanks to our sponsors for their continued support!
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council

Institute of Musical Traditions Inc. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Friends and Relations:

Here are a few organizations that share goals and values with IMT.

House of Musical Traditions


Barnaby Productions

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean, O'Neill-
Malcolm Branch

Carpe Diem Arts

DC Bluegrass Union

Focus Music

Folklore Society of Greater Washington

The Greater Washington Ceili Club

Mary Cliff's Traditions

The Songwriters Association of Washington

Thank you so much for your generosity on #GIvingTuesday last week, but we here at Institute of Musical Traditions remind you that there is ALWAYS another Tuesday and that indeed, today is one. Institute of Musical Traditions is kept alive, kicking, and indeed vigorously step dancing by your support - and if you're eyeballing the tax season and need another couple of tax write-offs, giving to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization never HURTS! Just visit for more information (or an easy "donate" link!).

As announced LAST week, NEXT week Monday's Annual Celtic Holiday Show with Robin Bullock, Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner has sold so well that we've added a second seating! Tickets are available at!

And last but certainly not least...

Tonight at Sandy Spring Museum 

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD

2 pieces of great news for the SPRING open mic! First - tonight's feature is Jillian Matundan (pictured above): "...a multi-instrumentalist with a talent and intuitive grasp of songwriting, with catchy riffs, cool poignant melodies and a presence that’s at once genuine, earnest and charming. Her songs are personal, yet universal, clever yet sometimes disarming.
— Guitar International Magazine. And SECOND - Sandy Spring Museum is currently hosting a really fabulous crafts fair that's open during the open mic. DO some holiday shopping (or just some general Tuesday shopping) and support local artisans and artists while you're at it!

7pm - 9.30pm. 2 pieces or 10 minutes whichever's SHORTER - family friendly environment, webcast LIVE on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. House keyboard available. The evening is FREE but we hope you'll bring a little something to support the night's featured artist!

COVID precautions mean that advance registration at is required and attendance will be limited to the first 25 registrants.

Annual Celtic Holiday Show w Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker - 2nd Seating

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD

A Celtic celebration of the holidays, an annual IMT tradition, back in-person again! This is a Live, in-person performance. Proof of vaccination is REQUIRED and masks must be worn by audience and staff while inside the venue. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Tickets are $20 in advance (+$2 box office fee) and $25 at the door.

Tickets at

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 tune, Christmas 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.

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.

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.

Information and tickets at



As above, Institute of Musical Traditions is pleased to assist in sponsoring “ALL WIGGED OUT: THE MUSICAL” starring Marcy Marxer. Mainstays of the roots music scene in the greater Washington area, mentors to generations of musicians, and heroines in family music, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have continuously created music and events that serve the community. This production is a service to anyone going through cancer, their healthcare team, loved ones and community. 
IMT is helping raise $100,000 to help cover the costs of a high end film production of the musical - a pivot from the live performances originally planned before the pandemic closed theaters. All donations are fully tax-deductible either via GoFundMe or via check made directly to IMT with “ALL WIGGED OUT” in the memo section.
More info at

Other Area Events

With Covid-19 comes cancellations and it would be useless to try to guess when a regular events calendar might resume. However, there are still many online events to "attend" and all of our organizations can be supported in different ways.
One of our fellow local-music organizations, FocusMusic is maintaining a great list of their alumni performers' upcoming webstreams. We've got a lot of crossover with FocusMusic - take a look at 

FocusMusic Presents ilyAIMY
Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:30 PM • Focus Rockville

Reston Herndon Folk Club presents ERYNN MARSHALL & CARL JONES
AMPHORA’S DINER DELUXE 1151 Elden St - Herndon , VA 20170 
Tuesday December 14, 2021, 7:15 p.m. Concert, Doors Open at 6 p.m.
$10 Members, $11 Non-members.Tickets:  at the door or contact Al Hobson at

Regular & repeating events:
For Storytelling and online song circles visit the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Website!

Sundays at 4pm in Takoma Park - Drumspiration.
A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website,

Perhaps you need a Daily Antidote of Song? - Join Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts each day at 12 noon for an inspiring and uplifting Daily Antidote of Song with international recording artists from a broad range of cultures and traditions. Seven days/week. Information on their website :

Donations and Support

Be a patron of the arts if you're able and please consider making a tax-deductible donation to IMT. Even the smallest donation is a big help and you can give easily and securely at or visit for more information (and more ways to give!)

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