by her passion for Irish music, which she subsequently pursued
twice round the globe, Karen Ashbrook built her first hammered
dulcimer as a high school project in 1976. In the early 80's,
she moved to the D.C. area and was soon performing with the
Celtic band Ceoltoiri and the Jewish group King David's Harp.
She met and began playing with Belgian multi-instrumentalist
Paul Oorts in 1995, and their musical partnership culminated
in marriage. Paul and Karen now tour and record together and
have several recordings on the Maggie's Music label.
Tonight’s concert features Karen’s rich musical
relationships with Ceoltoiri members Sue Richards and Connie
McKenna, David Scheim of King David’s Harp, guest musician
Steve Bloom, and, of course, her husband! Happy anniversary,