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John McCutcheon
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
IMT Rockville: Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $25 advance, $29 door.
Students with ID: $21 advance, $25 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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The Washington Post described John as folk music's "Rustic Renaissance Man," a moniker flawed only by its understatement. "Calling John McCutcheon a 'folksinger' is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player..." (Dallas Morning News).

Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America (including repeated performances at the National Storytelling Festival), recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women's health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

This is all in his "spare time." His "real job," he's quick to point out, is father to two grown sons.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."

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John sings This Land is your Land at IMT, September, 2011.

Tony DeMarco & Siobhn Butler
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
IMT Takoma Park: Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
Tickets: $16 advance, $20 door.
Students with ID: $12 advance, $16 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Two of Americas leading Irish performers, Sean-Ns (old style) dancer Siobhn Butler and fiddler Tony DeMarco, combine in an exciting new duo consisting solely of fiddle and percussive dance. Together they have been featured on nationally televised program TG4 in Ireland, as well as The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Tony, a Smithsonian Folkways artist, and Siobhn, founder of Sean-Ns New York, bring a refreshing perspective to ancient arts that is captivating to both the eyes and ears.

Tony DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than 30 years, and is now one of leading living exponents of the New York/Sligo fiddle style. The late Paddy Reynolds, Andy McGann and Martin Wynne were very influential on Tonys playing, as was the music of New York/Sligo fiddlers of the generation prior, including Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, and James Lad OBeirne. Tonys album The Sligo Indians, released in 2008 on the Smithsonian Folkways label, is tribute to this style and the musicians that shaped his music. His landmark The Apple in Winter album with Brian Conway, now available on Compass Records, is a highly regarded example of the old Sligo-style twin fiddle music from New York. Tonys popular A Trip to Sligo tutorial, co-authored with Miles Krassen, is scheduled to be re-issued soon.

Siobhn Butler is an internationally recognized percussive dancer who has performed with acts such as Celtic Crossroads, Kieran Jordan, and Cherish the Ladies. Born in Cambridgeshire, England, Siobhn fell in love with Irish dance and music and began Irish dancing at age eight. After a successful career in competitive Irish step dancing, Siobhn now focuses her time dancing the old style, sean-ns dancing. Siobhn is influenced by several different percussive dance styles, also having training in tap, flamenco, flatfooting, and cape breton dances. Her mission as both a teacher and a dancer is to reunite Irish music and dance. For Siobhn, dance is not only a physical interpretation of the music, but it is also another rhythmic layer of the music. Using her technical, Irish step dance background mixed with her knowledge of traditional, improvised dance styles, Siobhn brings a completely unique point of view to dancing.

Visit Tony and Siobhn's website at

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
IMT Rockville: Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door.
Students with ID: $15 advance, $20 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band includes some of the best in bluegrass: Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass.

In his review on the IBMA website, Taylor Coughlin says:

On July 25, the too-fresh-for-a-bio John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band indulged the crowd at The Station Inn with the Seldom Scene hit "Wait a Minute" written by Pedersen, Whiskey Lullaby written by Randall, Desert Rose Band tunes (Jorgenson and Pedersen were founders and bandmates), Scruggs classics, and more. There was warmth, and storytelling, and lots of laughter as this fresh band of legends invited Roland White, an old bandmate of Pedersens from The New Kentucky Colonels days, onstage to play. Jorgenson asked White what instrument he should play, to which White replied, Is there anything you dont play? White told Jorgenson to pick up the mandolin.
You can see the entire review on the IBMA website at

Join us as we welcome John's newest band (their first public performance was July 24) to IMT.

Visit John's website at

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band performing Old Train at the Loveless Cafe, July, 2013.

The Sweetback Sisters
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 door.
Students with ID: $14 advance, $18 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music and rockabilly.

Emily Miller was born in Kansas and raised in Hong Kong, where her family band performed traditional American music on television shows and in shopping malls. We were a wholesome American family that played banjos and fiddles. We got gigs because we were a real oddity over there. Miller started fiddling at three and picked up guitar in her 20s, when her mother (a founding member of the all-woman old-time band The Any Old Time String Band) told her that a singer needs to be able to play the guitar. She also tried to broaden her musical taste beyond country music at an early age. In my teens, I went to a singing summer camp that specialized in traditional music from around the world. It allowed me to tour and meet great musicians from all over the country and the world, including Zara and Stefan.

"After I graduated from college, I toured in Northern Harmony, the professional choral version of that singing camp, with Zara. We bonded over Hank Williams in some late-night singing sessions and, after the tour, I wound up living in Brooklyn, right down the street from her. It almost felt predestined.

Zara Bode was born in San Francisco, and was immersed in the arts from an early age. Her father a comic artist and mother a dancer, both played music on the side and encouraged Bode to take lessons from a young age. I played piano and clarinet as a kid, but the deeper I got into early swing and Jazz, the more I fantasized about singing in a big band a la Ella Fitzgerald.

She attended a performing arts high school in Hadley, Massachusetts, where she met future Sweetback guitarist Ross Bellenoit. There her easygoing stage presence and powerhouse vocals had her singing with various groups including the Downbeat Award-winning a cappella group 5 Alone, and starring in most of the schools theatrical productions.

With a unique versatility in her range of voices, a deep musicality and keen sense for harmonies, Zara continued to study various types of song, but admits it was rarely country. Before I met Emily, I didnt have much experience with country music apart from Western swing. I was however a big fan of the offbeat theatrics of Roger Miller, who penned one of the Sweetback Sisters first hits My Uncle Used to Love me But she Died. My Great Grandpa Joe used to blast his songs across the lake every chance he got.

In Miller, Bode discovered a kindred spirit, one who shared her love of tight-knit harmonies heard on the 45s of yesteryear. The vocal chemistry between us was immediately apparent, Miller recalls. It was a natural fit, and before you knew it we had some shows lined up. We needed some hot instrumentalists, so we called up Jesse, Ross and Stefan and The Sweetback Sisters were born. Bode adds, "Our first gig was in this little tip jar joint in Brooklyn. It was hot, and the place was packed to the brim with friends, family, and country music lovers. There was a tangible energy in the air. It really felt like this was the beginning of something special.

From that first night on, the crowds have gone wild for their close harmonies, charismatic stage presence and the crackling musicianship of their cohorts. But while the Sweetback Sisters formed due to their deep love of classic country music, their individual foundations are quite varied. Stefan, Peter and Ross all have formal training in jazz and classical music, Miller explains, And now they play everything under the sun. On the other hand, Jesse was steeped in old-time music, learning tunes from his dad Gerry, a fiddler and folklorist. In the Sisters combined histories theres not a lot of ground we dont cover. Bode concludes, The tension between our various backgrounds gives the music something original and exciting, but in a way its also an homage to what country music used to be: a melting pot of rock, jazz, and traditional music.

Visit Sweetback Sister's website at

Celtic Voices:
Lisa Moscatiello, Barbara Tresidder Ryan & Loralyn Coles
Benefit for the American Parkinsons Disease Association
Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
Tickets: $20 Advance, $24 door.
Students with ID: $16 Advance, $20 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Three top Traditional Folk WAMMIE award winning female singers in the DC area are joining together to support their own with an American Parkinsons Disease benefit performance for ailing songstress and multi WAMMIE winner, Grace Griffith. IMT is very happy to be able to present this special show with Lisa Moscatiello of Ocean Orchestra, Barbara Tresidder Ryan of pan-Celtic band IONA, and singer-songwriter Loralyn Coles.

Lisa Moscatiello, of Ocean Orchestra, is an extraordinary song interpreter with a voracious appetite for unusual and emotionally potent songs. Her music is a joyous foray into the high country of contemporary folk, acoustic pop, jazz, and timeless folk ballads from Celtic, American and European traditions, and includes her own finely-crafted and moving original songs. "One of the most gorgeous vocal instruments in all of folk-tinged pop."--Billboard Magazine

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Barbara Tresidder Ryans stunning vocals have been described as "smooth and sweet as dark honey". A veteran Celtic bouzouki player and a skilled, effective percussionist on the bodhrn (Irish drum), Ryan has performed throughout the British Isles and Brittany (France) and at events all over the U.S. with pan-Celtic band IONA, which she co-founded in 1986. She has sung for Voice Of America broadcasts and for the National Geographic Explorer Special. Barbara Ryans singing in the various Celtic languages is beautiful, earthy and impeccable. Joanne Gagnon, Celtic Beat Magazine.

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Drawing from Folk and Celtic traditions, Loralyn Coles "has a Judy Collins-esque voice." (Mark S. Tucker, FAME). Her rewrite of a traditional song was published in Sing Out! magazine in 2002. Loralyn's debut CD, "Blue Moonlight," tied with Tom Paxton's CD for a 2008 Wammie (Washington Area Music Award). "Her drawn-out notes...give the listener goosebumps." Listening to Loralyns clear voice and evocative songwriting will transport you to other places, other times.

Visit Loralyn's website at

Avril Smith, Becky Warren & Friends
Monday, October 21, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville
Tickets: $15 Advance, $18 door.
Students with ID: $12 Advance, $15 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Avril Smith (guitar & vocals) and Becky Warren (vocals) are joined by John Seebach (mandolin) and Stefan Custodi (bass) for this Americana string and songfest.

Avril Smith

Avril Smith is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. She started playing guitar at a young age and is widely recognized as a highly accomplished electric and acoustic guitarist and mandolin player.

Avril plays in several bands, including the alt-country band The Great Unknowns with award-winning songwriter Becky Warren, the Americana string band Big Chimney, which won first place in the DCBU and Watermelon Park festival band contests, and a roots rock band called The U-Liners featuring the amazing Joe Uehlein. Avril was a founding member of the bluegrass band Della Mae.

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Becky Warren

Becky Warren writes for and fronts the alt-country band The Great Unknowns. The bands first album, Presenting the Great Unknowns, found its way into the hands of Indigo Girl Amy Ray, who declared it Excellent songwriting in the Americana traditionreally one of the best things I have heard this year and released it on her independent label, Daemon Records.

But after that album, the band all but disappeared for five years as Becky struggled with a marriage that had become troubled when her soldier husband returned from Iraq with PTSD. When the marriage ended in 2010, Warren realized she had a lot to say, and wrote furiously, penning 12 new songs about love, loss, and the life-altering effects of war (the bands second record Homefront). She won the Grand Prize in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Songwrting contest.

Writing Homefront and speaking with veterans and their families about the songs on the album inspired Beckys current projecta series of songs about an Iraq vet and his girlfriend. The songs are based both on Beckys personal experience and on the stories of Iraq vets and their families.

Visit Becky's website at

Rafe & Clelia Stefanini CD Release
Monday, November 4, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $18 Advance, $22 door.
Students with ID: $14 Advance, $18 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Rafe & Clelia Stefanini

Rafe Stefanni, an Italian old-time banjo player, fiddler, guitarist, singer, teacher, violin maker, and restorer. has become one of the pillars of the old-time community in the United States. He performs with his daughter Clelia as a tight, top notch duo.

Rafe has been at the forefront of the revival of traditional music from the rural south for over thirty years. His work on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is represented in over 20 CDs, both as headliner and as guest. He has been a member of such influential bands as the wildcats, Big Hoedown and The Rockinghams and lately The Jumpsteady Boys (with Bruce Molsky, Joe Newberry and Mike Compton).

Clelia has followed in her father's footsteps, quickly becoming competent on fiddle, guitar and vocals. She won first place in this year's fiddle competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia.

Together, Rafe and Clelia present a varied and exciting program of fiddle duets, banjo tunes, songs and ballads. Their CD Never Seen the Like... is already considered a classic. Their latest CD is Lady on the Green: Old Time Tunes and Songs.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Friday, November 8, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $25 Advance, $29 door.
Students with ID: $21 Advance, $25 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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The combination of Alasdair Frasers fiddle and Natalie Haas cello is a spiritual musical experience, evoking the intensity of traditional Scottish music as well as the subtle insinuations of jazz rhythms and playful string interactions.

Alasdair Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). His dream to find a cellist who could ressurect the cello as the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music has been amply realized by Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a musical force in her own right. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz throughout Europe and North America, Haas is in the vanguard of young cellists who are re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music.

Visit Alasdair and Natalie's website at

Gloomy Winter's Now Awa' and Giga do Tenerife, performed by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at IMT in October 2009.

A Civil War Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music
Wednesday, November 13, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
Tickets: $18 Advance, $22 door.
Students with ID: $14 Advance, $18 door.
All tickets are general admission.

A Civil War Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music

Hesperus and Maggie's Music are releasing their latest CD, A Civil War Scrapbook. It's a musical quilt of airs and ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, marches, hymns and parlor music from the time of the American Civil War, brought to life by Hesperus early music ensemble and its guests on fiddle, recorder, oboe, penny whistle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, mouth bow, hammered dulcimer, bass and bodhrn.

A Civil War Scrapbook focuses on a time of sharp contrasts: bitter regret and fragile optimism, when the memories of war were being laid to rest and Americans were just beginning to believe in a united future. The music on this recording reflects that complex, transitional moment. American popular music, like that of any country, is a hodgepodge of many genresindigenous ones like the sacred harp hymns, spirituals and fiddle breakdowns, and imported ones like the French cotillions and quadrilles, Irish jigs and reels, and Scottish airs and variation sets.

They use a variety of early and traditional instruments. Some arrangements are suited to the parlor, some to the dance hall. Its this easy mix of people and styles that makes this a quintessential HESPERUS recording; an early-traditional crossover band playing with enthusiasm and warmth.

Their CD release concert will feature the musicians of Hesperus, Tina Chancey (fiddle, viol), Zan McLeod (guitar), Bruce Hutton (guitar, mouth bow, harmonica, mandolin), and their special guests Chris Romaine (banjo, fiddle), Sarah Weiner (oboe), Charlie Pilzer (bass), Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer) and dancer Shannon Dunne.

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Hesperus performs All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight from their new CD.

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Monday, November 18, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 door.
Students with ID: $15 Advance, $20 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Alan ReidAlan Reid & Rob van Sante

Alan Reid

Alan Reid was an ever-present member of the Battlefield Band from 1969 through 2010. After four decades, he decided that it was time to bow out, in order to develop his writing and to follow other musical paths and partnerships. This year, Alan has released a new CD, Recollection, a compilation that takes a retrospective look at some of the finest songs Alan wrote during his forty years with Battlefield Band.

Alan will be accompanied by his duo partner Rob van Sante. They'll be performing many of the songs well loved by Battlefield Band fans everywhere, along with new material. This seminal figure of the Scottish folk revival is embarking on the next stage of his illustrious career.

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Alan and Rob perform The Riccarton Tollman's Daughter at IMT in November, 2011.

Al Petteway & Amy White
Homecoming Concert
Saturday, November 23, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
This show is sold out.
Tickets will not be available at the door.
Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 door.
Students with ID: $15 Advance, $20 door.
All tickets are general admission.

Al & AmyAl Pettey & Amy White
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Al Petteway and Amy White are returning to Takoma Park for a homecoming concert.

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Before moving from the Washington, DC, area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. In addition, they were awarded 5 separate grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for both music composition and instrumental performance. They won an INDIE from The Association for Independent Music, and Al won a GRAMMY from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Al was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazines Players Choice Awards.

Al & Amys music was featured throughout the soundtrack of the 2009 Ken Burns EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea. And in 2010, their album, Caledon Wood, (which includes the main theme of the National Parks documentary) was counted among the essential albums of the past 20 years in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 20th anniversary issue.

Visit Al and Amy's website at

April Verch
Wednesday, December 4, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
Tickets: $18 Advance, $22 door.
Students with ID: $14 Advance, $18 door.
All tickets are general admission.

April VerchApril Verch
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April Verch doesnt just perform music, she exudes it. The internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer has a passion for performing and her goal is to touch the lives of those who are listening at any given moment. The world is this amazing puzzle that we cant fully understand and music is the joy that pulls it all together and helps us make sense of it, says Verch, with a dynamic excitement and confidence that makes you believe her in a heartbeat.

Dirk Powell, a multi-instrumentalist whos worked with Jack White, Joan Baez, Riverdance and the film Cold Mountain, is awed by Aprils ability to play any kind of roots music as though it was her native tongue. Shes so fluent in the language of music that she never needs to imitate, Powell says. She hears the heart of it and lets that become part of her core. Aprils just got that, man; shes always speaking the language for real. She is a rare mix of all the technique and super-fashy things, along with the deep soul and tradition that comes from having grown up with the music."

April fiddles and dances at the 2010 IBMA conference.

On her eighth CD, Thats How We Run, April explores the Southern mountain traditions known as old time music, but always brings her Northern roots with her. Plucky, straight-backed Canadian tunes fit so snugly beside ancient Appalachian airs that youd think theyd been neighbors for centuries. Through sinewy old time American reels or crisp Canadian hops, singing the happy Ontario chestnut Moonshine Mac, or swapping hot licks with the cream of old times new breed, like Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, and Rayna Gellert, April is always being April.

Verch was born to traditional music in Canadas hard-working, hard-dancing Ottawa Valley. She was a local star at four, step dancing with her sister and winning awards at contests. She became the first woman in history to win both of Canadas most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open; and when Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, she was asked to represent her countrys music at the opening ceremonies.

Ottawa Valley music is a foot-stomping, open-minded fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, German, and Polish influences, sprinkled with tangy spices of American country music. The twang of the banjo and the driving Franco-Celtic pulse of the fiddle are as ingrained in April as snowbound winters and Saturday dances.

What makes the Ottawa Valley unique, she says, is that its melting-pot music. People there work hard, and when it was time to let loose, you went out and had fun together; you danced and played music. Growing up around that, being able to perform and see how happy it made people feel, Im sure thats what drew me into music.

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April performs Davy Davy and Folding Down the Sheets at IMT, 2013.

April discusses Canadian fiddle styles.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer's
Blanket and Pillow Concert (The 28th Annual Winter Family Concert)
Special Guest Justin Roberts
Sunday, December 8, 2013. 4:30 pm
Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring
Tickets: $12 Advance, $15 door.
Groups of five or more in advance: $10 each.
All tickets are general admission.

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Cathy & MarcyJustin Roberts
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This concert has been moved to Seekers Church in Takoma Park. The show will start at 5:00 pm instead of 4:30. The county has cancelled all activities in school buildings after 4:00 pm today. A decision will be made later about rescheduling the show. Those unable to attend today may opt to receive tickets to a rescheduled Cathy & Marcy show or to get a refund.

Seekers Church is located at 276 Carroll Street, Takoma, DC, across the street from the Takoma Metro Station. Parking is available at the metro station.

Cathy and Marcy's 28th Annual Winter Family Concert will be a cross between a sing-along and a pajama party! Thats right, bring your pillow, blanket, stuffed animals and WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS. The 4:30 pm time on Sunday, Dec. 8, is perfect for snuggling up with family and singing with a room full of others wearing their pajamas, and with childrens music GRAMMY winners, Cathy & Marcy, for an afternoon of silliness, fun and loving songs.

"The Indigo Girls meets Bobby McFerrin but for kids of course!" was one description of their music. With 20 family recordings, two GRAMMY Awards, 14 GRAMMY nominations and over 100 other major awards, Cathy & Marcy have stood the test of time building relationships with family audiences for several generations. Phenomenally talented duosinging and musicianship are flawless. Time Out NY Kids

Justin Roberts will share the show with the dynamic duo. The Montessori teacher turned kids musician has performed on The Today Show and hes featured on Nick Jr. TV. Justins garnered kudos and raves from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune. His GRAMMY nominated CD Jungle Gym has been followed up this year by two new CDs, Lullaby and Recess. "Hits all the right magical buttons to charm parents and children alike." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cathy, Marcy and Justin will perform the show TOGETHER, in PAJAMAS! This is their first collaboration. Theyll accompany themselves on guitars, banjo, ukulele, steel drums, percussion and who knows what else????? Come and find out.

This annual concert has become one of the stand-out family events of the season.

Share in the spirit of the season, a 23-year tradition of the winter concert. THE MARVELOUS TOY DRIVE . New toys will be collected for needy children. Over 3,500 toys have been collected and distributed through the years.

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Note: This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government.

Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner and Elke Baker
Celtic Holiday Concert
Monday, December 9, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville
Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 door.
Students with ID: $15 Advance, $20 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Robin Bullock returns for our annual Celtic holiday concert. This year, he'll be joined by hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner and fiddler Elke Baker.


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 tune Christmas 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.


Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of one of todays most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists... (Elderly) and a fine old-time fiddler. Ken has performed for over 30 years as a soloist and in ensembles with Scottish national fiddle champion Elke Baker, his son Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo, banjola, vocals), with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), and with many others. He has been featured numerous times on NPR, The Thistle and the Shamrock, All Things Considered, Performance Today, the CBC, the Voice of America, Germany National Radio, and countless radio shows.

Ken Kolodner has often been called the most influential hammered dulcimer player in the U.S. His 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).


U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker has played all over North America and in places as far-flung as Japan, West Africa, and Scotland, as well at The Birchmere (with Ken Kolodner) and the Kennedy Center in her hometown of Washington, D.C. She brings a scholar's depth of knowledge and an extremely engaging manner to her performances, as well as an intimate knowledge of just what makes people want to dance.

The Washington Post praised her CD Glenelg for " the rhythmic energy and deep emotions that Baker generates with her bow.Baker's fiddle nearly throws off sparks," while Celtic Beat called Over the Border "a CD of rare delight, precise technical skill, and fulness of soul." It was featured in the soundtrack of The Boyhood of John Muir, nationally broadcast on PBS television. In addition, Elke's first recording Terpsichore: Scottish Dance Music, with pianist Liz Donaldson, is a classic of the genre and is popular with dancers and listeners around the world.

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Robin performs Allemande from Cello Suite No. 4 at IMT in December, 2012.

Ensemble Galilei
Friday, December 20, 2013. 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
Tickets: $22 Advance, $26 door.
Students with ID: $18 Advance, $22 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
All tickets are general admission.

Ensemble GalileiEnsemble Galilei
(l-r)Kathryn Montoya, Jackie Moran, Hanneke Cassel, Ryan McKasson, Sue Richards, Carolyn Anderson Surrick
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For many years, Ensemble Galilei has presented their annual Solstice concert to full houses in the Great Hall at Saint John's College in Annapolis. IMT is delighted to be able to bring the show back to Takoma Park for their second year. The group includes DC's own Sue Richards on harp and IMT favorite Hanneke Cassel on fiddle, along with Kathryn Montoya on recorders, whistle, oboe, Jackie Moran on percussion, Ryan McKasson on fiddle and viola, and Carolyn Anderson Surrick on viola de gamba.

Ensemble Galilei is made up of some of the best Scottish, Irish, and Early music specialists in the US. But that's not all. What sets them apart is the extraordinary communication between the musicians. A kind of communication that only happens when the people on stage have been playing together for decades. This group has played across the country and back again, and they have earned their reputation as one of the finest crossover groups in the nation. And imagine, a Winter Solstice Concert on the Solstice! Music to heat the darkest night.

"Aside from the ensembles good musicianship and wonderful way with the myth-evoking, gentle melancholy of Celtic music, the most striking feature was the obvious pleasure the players took in what they were doing." - Ottawa Citizen

Visit Ensemble Galilei's website at

Cluck Old Hen and What Wonderous Love is This performed by Ensemble Galilei at IMT in December, 2012