Institute of Musical Traditions

(above : our First Show of the New Year - Bruce Molsky & Tony Trischka - coming to Rockville, MD on Friday night - tickets and details at

Tuesdays at the SPRING in Olney, MD!
Tuesday nights at the SPRING in Olney MD we hold the most COVID-safe open mic in the area! We believe we CAN have nice things! Upcoming featured artists include Michelle Swan, Emily Hall, Tal Naccarato... webcast Live on Facebook & YouTube. Details to attend, watch, or participate available at

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

Tonight IMT presents Michelle Swan as our featured artist at Sandy Spring Museum's open mic (info on the left) and then this weekend we've got a folk-riot of talent on our stages, and NOT a lot of tickets left!

Friday night in Rockville with Bruce Molsky and Tony Trischka is going to be an amazing show, and ticket sales reflect that! If you get a SOLD OUT notice, please drop a line at We MIGHT arrange a second seating if there's enough interest - but no guarantees - so best you get on over to and get your tickets!

And the Saturday and Sunday - pretty much the same deal! Seating is extremely limited. We have some seats left for Saturday night with Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and then some left for the Sunday matinee - but we will NOT have the option of opening additional shows! However, Sunday afternoon will also be webcast! All tickets, including links to how you can "attend" the webcast of this LIVE ALBUM RECORDING at

With ALL of the above in-person shows we are limiting attendance, requiring vaccinations and masks, and generally trying to make things as safe as possible for our audience and our performers. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

This weekend :

Fri 1/21/22 - Bruce Molsky & Tony Trischka
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 

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. Doors 6pm, Show at 7pm ET.

This double-bill features two master musicians at the top of their craft, honoring their roots while creating innovative new traditions. In a career that has now encompassed four decades, acclaimed banjo innovator Tony Trischka has created an endless array of new possibilities for the five-string banjo and Bruce Molsky stands today as one of the world's premier old-time fiddler and one of the defining virtuosi of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions. Information and tickets at

Sat 1/22 & Sun 1/23 Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer - ALL NEW
Allyworld, 7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912

This is a Live, in-person performance at Allyworld (7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912). Showtime 7.30pm ET Saturday and 3pm ET Sunday (doors half hour in advance). 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 $50 in advance or $60 (+$2 box office fee) (includes download of the album upon completion). Though all tickets are general admission and will-call, a physical, autographed ticket keep-sake will be issued at the show. The Sunday Matinee will also be Livestreamed via Mandolin. To purchase a ticket for the Livestream - please click here.

This live concert recording session celebrates a catalogue of nearly thirty new songs co-written by Tom Paxton (GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner) and Cathy Fink (GRAMMY Winner) in the past eighteen months. Comedy, Community, Absurdity, History, Commentary and Love are spread throughout these new classics. The title song, “ALL NEW” tells us we are capturing a moment, together. The intimate audience will be invited to sing along on many songs, and will add their good vibes to these very special shows.  Information and tickets at

And then : 

Sat 3/12 Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road

Mon 3/28 Tannahill Weavers



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 

Saturday, February 5th
Baritone Uke Day, Feb. 5, 2022, on Zoom with Marcy Marxer, Aaron Keim and Ginger Johnson.
Registration & info at

Saturday, February 12th
FocusMusic Presents a virtual evening with Enda Kenny & Twin Flames.
Tickets and info 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!)

Institute of Musical Traditions  •  10332 Parkman Road  •  Silver Spring, MD 20903

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