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Al and Amy

Al Petteway & Amy White, 25 Years Together

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

Grammy-Award Winning Guitarist, Indie-Award Winning Duo with a Celtic & Appalachian Acoustic Groove.

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Al & Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you'll hear in any genre.

Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won several Governor's Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grand total of 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association including "Musician of the Year." Together, they won an Indie award for Gratitude, their album of original, groove-oriented instrumental guitar duets. Al went on to win a GRAMMY for his contribution to the album "Pink Guitar, The Music of Henry Mancini" and was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine where he also won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”

More about Al and Amy on their website : alandamy.com




John Prine Time

Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker

Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Robin Bullock returns for our annual Celtic holiday concert, with Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer) and fiddler Elke Baker!

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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 tuneChristmas 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.

Visit Robin's website at www.robinbullock.com.

Robin Bullock performs Carrol of the Bells at IMT, Dec. 2013.

Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira) and National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker’s (fiddle, viola) approach to traditional music reflects both a deep respect for the tradition and a healthy spirit of creativity, as they effortlessly combine tremendous precision and musicality with a mastery of the improvisational freedom essential to traditional music. After collaborating for many years in performance, including guest recording on each other’s CDs, Elke and Ken celebrate the completion of their first duo release Out of the Wood. Hailing from the Baltimore area, National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker (fiddle and viola) and Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira and fiddle) are widely known as masters of their instruments. Between them, they have recorded over 20 CDs and toured in every state in the U.S. and well-beyond. Called a "local treasure," (FSGW) Elke Baker's playing has been said to be a "rare delight," with "precise technical skill, and fulness of soul" (Celtic Beat) and capable "to make hearts bleed" (The Frederick News) while Ken’s playing has been described as “world class” (Sing Out!), "nothing short of astonishing" (The Connection), “outstanding” (The New York Times), “marvelous” (The Washington Post), “virtuosic” (Audio), “stunning in its musicality” (Dulcimer Player News) and “not to be missed” (USA TODAY). Elke and Ken perform a rich variety of Scottish, Quebecois and Irish music, original compositions, and refreshing, foot-stomping Old Time twin fiddling that'll bring the house down.

Visit Ken and Elke's website here : kenkolodner.com/ken-and-elke.html

"Bring a Torch", "The Orange Rogue" & "Lango Lee", performed by Elke Baker (www.elkebaker.com) and Ken Kolodner (www.kenkolodner.com) at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Rockville, Maryland, USA on December 3, 2012.




John Prine Time

A Scandinavian Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

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The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.




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

House of Musical Traditions

Artivate
Since 1972, HMT's been the DC-area's source for new and vintage folk instruments from around the world + books & DVDs, lessons & workshops, repairs, instrument & pro audio rentals. Institute of Musical Traditions was born from a concert series started by David Eisner, HMT's owner. Barnaby Productions Barnaby presents the fall & winter Celtic Concerts series at the Old Brogue & the Swift Run summer house concerts in Great Falls, VA & is the home of DC's pan-Celtic band IONA.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean, O'Neill-Malcolm Branch The largest, single, non-profit group involved in the preservation & promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. The O'Neill Branch of CCE presents concerts, dances, summer music and dance schools & the Musical Arts & Dance Week school.

Carpe Diem Arts
DC Bluegrass Union
DCBU promotes bluegrass in the DC area. They maintain an online calendar of bluegrass events & present a bluegrass festival each February. Focus Music
Focus presents concerts in Rockville, Alexandria & Mount Vernon in an intimate, "up-close" environment, creating the opportunity for audiences to discover high-quality new artists & for artists to find sustainable & supportive audiences in the Greater DC / Metro area. Folklore Society of Greater Washington FSGW presents concerts, dances & special weekend gatherings. They also publish a comprehensive monthly newsletter listing events in the Washington area on their website.
The Greater Washington Ceili Club
GWCC hosts monthly ceili dances with live music & sponsors a year-round program of dance instruction. Mary Cliff's Traditions Mary hosts two radio shows and publishes lists of upcoming folk music events on her website.
The Songwriters Association of Washington SAW presents concerts & workshops & hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Concest.


Special Thanks...

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

AHCMC  MSAC

John Prine Time

A Scandinavian Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

Buy Tickets

The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.




 

Next at IMT:

Al and Amy

Al Petteway & Amy White, 25 Years Together

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

Grammy-Award Winning Guitarist, Indie-Award Winning Duo with a Celtic & Appalachian Acoustic Groove.

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Al & Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you'll hear in any genre.

Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won several Governor's Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grand total of 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association including "Musician of the Year." Together, they won an Indie award for Gratitude, their album of original, groove-oriented instrumental guitar duets. Al went on to win a GRAMMY for his contribution to the album "Pink Guitar, The Music of Henry Mancini" and was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine where he also won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”

More about Al and Amy on their website : alandamy.com






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Other Area Events

Here are a few of the other concerts and music festivals coming up in the area.

For more local shows, plus workshops, camps, classes, dances, jams & sessions, visit IMT's Other Events page.

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND AT THE HAMILTON LIVE
Sat Nov 16th, 2019 | THE HAMILTON LIVE
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.


IMT and HMT Present : Musician Health and Wellness w Sean McComiskey
Tues Nov 12th, 2019 | 7.30pm | School of Musical Traditions | 1057 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD | $20 / 25
Sean McComiskey (PT, DPT) will be discussing Musician Health and Wellness: Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries for Performing Artists. The presentation will focus on the early signs and symptoms of muscular repetitive stress injuries commonly associated with musical practice and performance, and on providing practical tips for managing and preventing muscular pain and fatigue.


Focus Music Presents : Meghan Cary
Sun Nov 24th, 2019 | 7pm | Tikvat Israel Congregation | 2200 Baltimore Road | Rockville, MD 20851 | $18
With masterful storytelling and award-winning songs, Cary engages audiences on a powerfully personal level, inviting them into and leading them through an experience that has been called healing, inspiring and outrageously joyful.


Busboys and Poets LIVE w host rob Hinkal & featured artist Rupert Wates
Tues Nov 26th, 2019 | 6pm (signup) 7-9pm performances | Busboys and Poets : Takoma | 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20012 | $5
Open mic night and community. Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music''


Focus Music Presents : Vic Heyman Award dinner honoring Scott Moore
Sat Dec 7th, 2019 | 6pm | Positano's Restaurant 4948 Fairmount Avenue Bethesda, MD 208148 | $35
A number of artists will perform, including Cletus Kennelly, Lea Morris, Brad Yoder, Allison Shapira, Tony Denikos and Jerry Bresee.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Crys Matthews
Fri Dec 13th, 2019 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church | 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
“Crys Matthews is a songwriter with a powerful message and voice to match.”


FSGW Presents : Lilt
Sat Dec 14th, 2019 | 8pm | Seekers Church | 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $15 FSGW members / $20
Hometown favorites with international acclaim, Irish music duo Lilt celebrate ten years of music and their recently released album "X". Said to have "real fizz, platinum quality" by Irish Music Magazine, "X" reflects Tina Eck and Keith Carr's "terrific rapport" and "great insight into how to connect musically" (Daniel Neely, Irish Echo).


Focus Music Presents : Big Wide Grin
Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 | 7pm | Island Pride Oasis Restaurant 617 S Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877 | $18
This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne, from California and Virginia, bring diverse backgrounds of experience & music together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and deep harmony.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Victoria Vox
Fri Jan 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
“If there hasn't been a university study on the psychological and sociological benefits of playing the ukulele, now might be a good time - and Victoria Vox could be the Test Case.”


Carroll Cafe Presents : Tom Prasada-Rao
Fri Feb 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door


Carroll Cafe Presents : In Process
Fri Mar 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
Using rhythms and harmonies born of slavery and adapted and nurtured throughout the sojourn of African people in America, In Process… has voiced song commentaries on issues affecting all people and communities: love, self-respect, women, family, the environment, substance abuse, AIDS, freedom and justice, equality and peace.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Pierce Pettis and David Webb
Fri Apr 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
"...One of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years."


Carroll Cafe Presents : IONA Music
Fri May 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
 a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturies and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America.


Carroll Cafe Presents : Scott Ainslie
Fri Jun 13th, 2020 | 7.30pm | Carroll Cafe | Seekers Church 276 Carroll Street NW DC | $18 adv / $20 door
Ainslie is one of the most important cultural protagonists of the old blues and Southern musical traditions.


Always check the event website for correct and up-to-date information. IMT is not responsible for these listings.

You can also find local event listings on these websites.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
www.fsgw.org

The DC Bluegrass Union
www.dcbu.org/calendar.htm

Mary Cliff's Who's Where lists
www.marycliff.net