IMT : No open mic at the SPRING tonight, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Tom Paxton in January  


Institute of Musical Traditions

(above : our First Show of the New Year - Bruce Molsky & Tony Trischka - coming to Rockville, MD on Friday, January 21st - tickets and details at

Tuesdays at the SPRING in Olney, MD!
Tuesday nights at the SPRING in Olney MD are on hold for the moment. We are currently scheduled to resume on Tuesday, January 11th with special guest Jonny Grave. Details 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

Happy New Year to our faithful listeners! We have a very busy January ahead of us and we're eager to get it started, despite the cancelation of our first show (our apologies to those eager to catch Anya Hinkle, we'll hope to have her back as soon as possible!). With fresh snow on the ground and COVID all around, we remind you all to be safe out there! We have in-person shows coming up, but they all have both vaccine and mask requirements in place - so we hope to see you soon, but... you know... only from about the bridge of your nose to your hairline!
Please note that there is NO open mic at Sandy Spring Museum tonight. We plan to resume NEXT Tuesday, January 11th, with featured artist Jonny Grave. Details, signup and links at
Coming in January :
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.
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 : 
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, January 8th
$15 | 7.30pm ET
Thursday, January 27th
Uptown Concerts, Inc. & Baltimore County Arts Guild present TOBY WALKER at The Clubhouse
10 St. Timothy Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228 | 443-540-0226 | Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 5th
Baritone Uke Day, Feb. 5, 2022, on Zoom with Marcy Marxer, Aaron Keim and Ginger Johnson.
Registration & 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!)

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