September : pirate jazz and Irish activism in Rockville MD and Kora on guitar in Takoma DC, oh my.

Institute of Musical Traditions

IMT Presents:
Thurs Sept 1st - Carol Anne Bosco w Griefcat

Tues Sept 13th - Karan Casey Trio and The Alt

Fri Sept 30th - Derek Gripper w TBA

Mon Oct 10th - John Jorgenson
details and tickets at

As always - Thank you in advance for your support:

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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

Thurs Sept 1st - Carol Anne Bosco w Griefcat.

Thursday, September 1, 2022 IMT presents Carol Anne Bosco's FIRST ALBUM RELEASE w special guest Griefcat

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church | 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 | 7pm

Tickets: $15 advance (+$2 service fee) /$20 at door

Carol Anne Bosco performs “gypsy noir,” a mix of her own making somewhere between gypsy folk and pirate jazz. Carol Anne writes, sings, plays cello and is joined by local professionals on guitar, bass, drums, violin, and sometimes accordion, ukulele, other cellists and singers, you name it!

More info at

Lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, often with a wink or quirky twist, await you with the brilliant award winning singer/songwriter duo: Griefcat.

Griefcat's songs range from hilarious to sincere with a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Griefcat entertains with music about the trials, joys, and tribulations of modern life. As one concert goer said, seeing Griefcat was "the most fun I've had since Lizzo."

More info at


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 IMT presents Karan Casey Trio and The Alt (co-bill)

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church | 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 | 7pm

Tickets: $30 advance (+$2 service fee) / $35 at door (Children & Students w ID) $25 advance (+$2 service fee) / $30 at door

Karan Casey Trio

KARAN CASEY, one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters – and a leading advocate for gender balance in the Irish folk and traditional music scene – will make her first U.S. tour in three years from September 1-18, a slate of 13 performances that will highlight her recent work, including her album Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale and new, as-yet-unreleased material. Her passion for storytelling through songs, her ability to give centuries-old lyrics and themes a universal, modern setting, and her belief that music can help change the world have enabled Casey to forge a deep connection with audiences everywhere.

The Alt
The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians in The Alt—John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O’Leary—first gathered to rehearse.


Friday, September 30th, 2022: IMT presents Derek Gripper performing West African kora music on classical guitar & TBA

Seekers Church | 276 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC 20012 | 7:30pm

Tickets: $20 advance (+$2 service fee) / $25 at door (Children & Students w ID) $15 advance (+$2 service fee) / $20 at door

It took *Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note­for­note the complexcompositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on six­string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, recorded with an orchestra of crickets (who he didn’t invite). The album created an unprecedented meeting point between the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots and most importantly allowed Derek to make many friends in the streets of Bamako without being able to speak a word of French or Bambara.



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

Other Local Performances.

As COVID ebbs, flows and resurges Local Performances continue to be something of an ever-shifting variable. However there are a couple of organizations and acts trying to find a way forward with physical, in-person events!

August 13-17
UkeFest 22 at Strathmore
Artistic Directors Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer return along with Herb Ohta, Jr., Daniel Ward, Eve Goldberg, and more extraordinary instructors for five days dedicated to this small-but-mighty music maker. Registration includes 8 hours of skill-based classes, 5 hours of choose-your-own classes, jam sessions, admission to the student and instructor showcases, and a grand finale Live from the Lawn performance. More information at

Wed 8/17- Sun 8/21
SAW's Summer Songwriter Sessions
Earp's Ordinary Pop-Up in Fairfax, VA. Music for 5 days with a MASSIVE lineup of local singer/songwriters. Full details at

Wed Sept 7
Local Cream Songwriter Series.
Annette Wasilik hand picks the cream of the crop of local singer/songwriters and presents them at Hank Dietle's Tavern in Rockville, MD. 8pm. This month w Domenic Cicala, John Bolton and Aaron Nathans.
Details at

Sat September 17th
FocusMusic presents John Flynn
One World Coffeehouse | 7246 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045 | | $25 Tickets and info at!

Fri Oct 7
Kate McDonnell and Tom Prasada-Rao
Cellar Stage in Timonium, MD. Details and tickets 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 :

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