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A Scandinavian Christmas
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running, Charlie Pilzer w Chris Ousley
Monday, December 18, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door.
Students (with ID) & Children: $15 advance, $20 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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Loretta Kelley, Charlie Pilzer & Andrea Hoag Loretta Kelley, Charlie Pilzer & Andrea Hoag
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Tonight Andea Hoag will also join forces with nyckelharpa performer Melissa Running Tonight Andea Hoag will also join forces with nyckelharpa performer Melissa Running
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Dave Eisner is going around town yelling "The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming!" but what he MEANS is: we're going to have 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!

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

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