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Aoife Scott
Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
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Aoife Scott. Aoife Scott.
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Aoife Scott. Aoife Scott.
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Aoife Scott's sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.

Aoife, who speaks both English and Irish fluently, has been immersed in the music scene from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. She moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago, and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs, including the first single "All Along the Wild Atlantic Way" from her debut album, 'Carry The Day'. In 2016, Aoife released her debut album, Carry the Day, to critical acclaim and rave reviews with the Irish Times describing it as a “richly layered impressive debut album”. ‘Carry the Day’ is a folk album that is heavily influenced by Aoife’s passion for traditional music, and it contains a selection of stories the socially-aware singer wanted to tell, some personal, and others historical and socially themed. Covering modern day female warriors to real-life heroines from the 1800s, two standout tracks include “Fásaim” which outlines Aoife’s thoughts on her brother’s marriage, to “We know where we stand,” a timely song for the 100th anniversary of 1916, which questions whether the men of that time even knew what their sacrifice would mean for Ireland.

Since launching her debut album, Aoife has embarked on a worldwide tour, captivating audiences throughout North America, Europe and Australia. She has headlined at some of the biggest festivals on the Folk and World music circuit including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Canberra’s National Folk Fest, Michigan Irish Music Festival and Germany’s Irish Folk Festival Tour. 2017 is shaping up to be Aoife’s most exciting year to date with plans already set in motion to begin recording some new material and a extensive tour of the United States organised for this summer, which includes a headliner spot at the world’s biggest Irish music festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest.

With an impeccable pedigree as a member of the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, while garnering acclaim and recognition both here and abroad as she hones her craft. Fans of IFTA award-winning TV series, 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, will have been seduced by Aoife’s evocative singing, which packed a powerful emotional punch throughout all seven episodes of the landmark TV series. Other acclaimed TV appearances include BBC's Imeall Geal, TG4's An Nollaig Linn and Ceol na nOileáin, and Fleadh TV Live, and Aoife also featured as a presenter on "The Windmill Lane Sessions", the contemporary Irish music program for TG4.

Aoife gained invaluable international experience when she spent a year touring worldwide as lead singer with The Outside Track, whose marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. She has also performed with some of the ?nest acts on the folk and traditional scene both here and abroad, including We Banjo 3, Full Set, Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Declan O Rourke, John Prine, and of course, the Black Family. Even ahead of the launch of her debut album last year, Aoife had become an accomplished performer and headline artist. She embarked on her first sell-out US tour in 2016. She was invited as an official showcase performer at the National Folk Alliance in Kansas City, and she also performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra as part of Culture Night. Other international appearances include performances at the National Celtic Festival in Australia, Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai, and Germany’s acclaimed ‘Irish Folk Festival’ Tour. Aoife has also toured with her band to worldwide destinations, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, India and the US.

“Aoife is a terrific singer who has given us a gem of an album. The songs are wonderful and so is she”
- Chicago Irish American News

“We love Aoife and her new album, Carry the Day. The album and Aoife both deserve major attention. This woman can sing!”
- LiveIreland.com

“Carry the Day: a richly layered, impressive debut album”
- The Irish Times

A fiery passionate young talent springing from a fine musical family. ”
- Hot Press

Visit Aoife's website at aoifescott.com.

Aoife Scott performs her bilingual song ‘Fásim’ live in the Two Tube studio.

Wilde Roses
Monday, October 2, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
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Wilde Roses Wilde Roses
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Wilde Roses Wilde Roses
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Briefly imported for a few shows in the United States, the Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, we draw our repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories in these songs - medieval religious imagery so beautifully infused with nature; renaissance tales of piracy, jilted lovers and general folly alongside some of the most sincere and tender love songs that reach to the heart of life and human relationships - we are moved by a desire to explore and recreate the sound world of this historical repertoire and to share these exquisite songs with present day audiences.

Emily and Anna come from different musical backgrounds and met whilst they were both part of the Mediaeval Baebes.

Visit Wilde Roses' website at wilderoses.com.

Emily & Anna talk about an instrumental cauda (or tail) from a conductus in the Wolfenbüttel Manuscript c.1250 at St Andrews, Scotland. Arranged by Anna and played on the recorder and nyckelharpa by W

Claude Martin
CD Release and Tribute
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm.
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD, 20874 (Directions)
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CD Release and Tribute: Claude Martin CD Release and Tribute: Claude Martin
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Claude Martin & His Daughter. Claude Martin & His Daughter.
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Claude Martin Claude Martin
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CD Release and Tribute Concert
Claude Martin “Old  Time Fiddle”
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 7:30-9:30 P.M., doors at 7 P.M.

Matt Kinman, Robbie Caruthers, Ralph Gordon, Sam and Joe Herrmann of Critton Hollow Stringband and The Martin Family Band!

Join family and friends for a show dedicated to the memory and celebration of well-known Maryland traditional fiddle player, Claude Martin. One of the finest fiddle players of his generation, "Fiddlin' Claude" passed away in October 2016 while working on his first solo fiddle album.

Claude Martin had a reputation for unerring rhythm and a true old-time style, with his own improvisation and songwriting as impressive as his knowledge of tradition. Gathering to honour Claude: friends, family and colleagues will present an evening of music and release a collection of his recordings. The concert will be hosted by Walt Michael of Common Ground on the Hill, and is sponsored by the area’s major folk music institutions: Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Institute of Musical Traditions. Special thanks to Patuxent Records and Asparagus Media for work on the recordings.

Truly, a one-of-a-kind evening not to be missed, Claude leaves behind a loving family and a reputation for unerring rhythm and a true old-time style. Proceeds to benefit Claude's daughter, and a suggested donation of $15 may be given at the door.

Visit Claude Martin Tribute's website at www.facebook.com/events/13026094.

Lydia Sylvia Martin - Old Time Banjo Contest

Gabrielle Louise
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Seekers Church, Washington, DC, 20012 (Directions)
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Gabrielle Louise Gabrielle Louise
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Gabrielle Louise Gabrielle Louise
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Join us for an evening with Gabrielle Louise, a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice, coming to us from Colorado.

Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse.

"Gabrielle Louise is eclectic, eccentric, seductive, flexible, literate and a plethora of other descriptive adjectives that pertain to music and creativity and yet there is no pinning down this woman, no way to sum her up in one word.  She manages to blend seemingly disparate styles of music and lyrics into a captivating blend...a homogenous mix of folk, bluegrass, and jazz...Her voice is going to make time stand still in that it is full, rich and has great nuance in it...A beautifully crafted disc in every possible way."
--NO DEPRESSION

Visit Gabrielle's website at gabriellelouise.com.

Gabrielle Louise // Words to Wade Through Published on Aug 23, 2017 Recorded live at the StarHouse on August 9th, 2017.

House of Hamill
Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Seekers Church, Washington, DC, 20012 (Directions)
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House of Hamill House of Hamill
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House of Hamill House of Hamill
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Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.  

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. 

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. 

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

HOUSE OF HAMILL - Fierce Cottage (Reel Set)

Songs of Love & Resistance
Joe Uehlein & the U-liners w Sam Gleaves, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer
Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
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The U-Liners The U-Liners
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Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer.
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Sam Gleaves Sam Gleaves
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Songs of Love & Resistance:
The U-Liners with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and Sam Gleaves!

We need more love and less hate in this world! Throughout history music has played a special and powerful role in advancing causes for social justice and in bringing people together to build a better world. That's what this concert is all about. Art is a critical complement to activism for no matter how brilliant our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that makes the difference, and that the role of art and music. Love is all there is!- Joe Uehlein

Joe Uehlein & The U-Liners

The U-Liners, with special guest Rickie Simpkins on fiddle, bring their special brand of folk, country, and Americana music with a collection of new original songs that have something to say about the world around us from their new CD, Sweet Lorain. From his early days growing up in steel communities along the banks of the great Lake Erie, and working in an aluminum mill in Central Pennsylvania, Joe developed a keen interest in folk, country, and Rock & Roll and the sounds of working class and protest music. Joe & The U-Liners have become well-known performers of songs of work, hope, freedom, and equality. 

Joe & The U-Liners have performed with artists as diverse as Pete Seeger and Tom Morello, Boots Riley and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Dave Alvin, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and Billy Bragg. They have played all of Washington, DC’s finest venues, including the Birchmere, Strathmore Music Hall, IOTA Club, Jammin’ Java, Gypsy Sally’s, and more.  They have played NYC’s Knitting Factory, Starlight Ballroom, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and Bally’s in Las Vegas.

The U-Liners are celebrating 15 years together and feature Avril Smith on guitar, Larry Ferguson on drums, Jessica Lake on vocals, Barry Warsaw on bass, Tom Espinola on mandolin, and often feature Rickie Simpkins on fiddle.

www.uliners.com
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CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER with SAM GLEAVES

Multi- Grammy Award winners CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER find common ground with SAM GLEAVES in the music they love from Appalachia as well as contemporary songs that embrace singing for and about social justice. They combine their fiddles, banjos, mandolin and guitars into a tradition bearing, songwriting, multi-instrumental, hot-licks, rich harmony singing, inter-generational supergroup. With nearly forty years between them in age (Sam is 25 yrs. old while CF & MM are 60-somethings), the trio proves that some music is ageless. Cathy produced Sam’s highly acclaimed CD, “Ain’t We Brothers” with guests Tim O’Brien, Janis Ian and Laurie Lewis. CATHY & MARCY released their 45th recording this year, “GET UP AND DO RIGHT” as well as a new self-named album by SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES. Tradition meets it’s future in this dynamic trio.

"Courageous as hell and country to the bone -- Amazingly talented Sam Gleaves, the best young songwriter around, heads into new territory with his brilliant album AIN’T WE BROTHERS, joined by a group of world-class musicians and singers. Varied, intelligent, moving –  these songs stay with you." -Lee Smith, Appalachian author
Midwest Tapes’ said  “GET UP AND DO RIGHT: is “a master class in organic acoustic music.” Billboard Magazine called Cathy & Marcy “As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets.”

samgleaves.com
cathymarcy.com
Video links:
Cathy & Marcy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8zf2O7viys
Sam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1udLmz5x5w
Trio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1qNr69urU8
Trio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Jgxcs4AlQ

Visit Joe's website at uliners.com.

"Voices", performed by the U-Liners (www.uliners.com) at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Takoma Park, Maryland, USA on July 12, 2014.

For The Tillerman: A Tribute to Cat Stevens
w host Billy Coulter
Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
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Billy Coulter Billy Coulter
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Billy Coulter Billy Coulter
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A stellar cast of regional artists pay tribute to Cat Stevens, a singer/songwriter who supplied much of the soundtrack for the '60s and '70s. This show will start with a round-robin acoustic set hosted by Billy Coulter, while the second half will be performed with a full band to compliment his rich arrangements.

Visit Billy's website at billycoulter.com.

Goose Creek Music Presents - Lighthouse Keeper by Billy Coulter

Al Petteway & Amy White
Annual Homecoming
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
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Al Petteway and Amy White. Al Petteway and Amy White.
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Al Petteway and Amy White. Al Petteway and Amy White.
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Al Petteway and Amy White return to IMT for their annual Homecoming Concert!

Al & Amy have long been a favorite among DC area audiences, 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.”

Al & Amy’s music has been featured on a number of Ken Burns documentary films, most notably the soundtrack of the Ken Burns EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. 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. Al and Amy have released over 20 full-length recordings, and over a dozen instructional DVDs and books. They are visual artists as well, and their photography is represented by NatGeoCreative, the stock photo agency for the National Geographic Society.

After decades of instrumental composition, Amy's two most recent recordings feature her singing and songwriting, with Al contributing as co-producer and session guitarist. Both of her albums, Home Sweet Home: Songs of Love, Loss, and Belonging, and Didn't We Waltz reached the top ten on the FolkDJ radio charts nationwide and overseas. Al's recent solo projects feature his signature finger-style guitar playing with a wide variety of Country Blues, Celtic, Appalachian, and Jazz stylings. Al and Amy performances are always beautifully compelling. They are not only technically impressive, but are also heartwarming and brimming with magic, with each artist having the chance to shine and share.

Visit Al & Amy's website at www.AlandAmy.com.

SLIGO CREEK - Al Petteway & Amy White Live on JULY 16, 2010 GUITARS AND OTHER STRINGS CONCERT SERIES SONIA VLAHCEVIC CONCERT HALL