IONA and Kolodner, Bullock & Risk , St.Patrick's Day Celebration

Monday, March 15, 8:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
$14 advance/$17 door

IONA's music is a high-energy weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Galicia and Asturies (Spain), and their transplants in the New World. Conceived in 1986, IONA was the musical offspring of lead singer, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán player Barbara Ryan and flutist Bernard Argent. With piper Ian Lawther, and bass guitar player Chuck Lawhorn, IONA has become the leading pan-Celtic group in the Mid-Atlantic region. They are all seasoned performers: entertainers who involve their audiences with the history and cultural backgrounds of the music, with teaching words to the songs -- even those sung in a Celtic tongue, with leading simple Breton dances, with humor, and with every emotion in the spectrum. Their newly released CD, Branching Out has met with nothing but superlatives.

Ken Kolodner, Laura Risk and Robin Bullock's approach to Celtic music reflects both a deep respect for the tradition and a healthy spirit of creativity. Hammer dulcimist, Ken Kolodner and guitar/cittern/mandolin/fiddle player Robin Bullock have performed together in the seminal band, Helicon since 1986.

After meeting at a session in Winnipeg in 1996, Ken joined forces with fiddler Laura Risk who worked on Ken's solo dulcimer CD, Walking Stones in 1997. Walking Stones was subsequently voted Allegro Corporation's #1 World MusicTitle for over three months and was named one of BMG's Top 15 Bestsellers in 1998. At tonight's performance, these three giants of Celtic music pool their talents in a magnificent celebration for St. Patrick's Day.

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