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  • See Posts section below for the latest news, activities that might be of interest even though not featuring hammered dulcimer, and general music-related tidbits.  The detailed information that had been placed on the Concerts, Workshops and Classes pages are being transitioned over to this page's Posts, to be completed by the end of the year.
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  • Hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland, June 11-20, 2015, see more information on the Classes/Workshops page.

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  • Donation to Fairfax Library Foundation.  The Fairfax libraries have offered us very nice space for our jams at no cost for many years.  In 2013 we collected donations totaling $80 to send to this Foundation which provides assistance to the libraries.  Thanks to all those who contributed.  If you missed this opportunity, you may donate directly to them using the choices on their website,  See their thank you letter.
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Maggie Sansone - upcoming workshops and performances

posted Apr 16, 2015, 5:48 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Maggie Sansone & Marya Katz presents…
The M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer Workshop
in Annapolis, MD 
Saturday, May 16, 2015  11:30- 3:30

Join hammered dulcimer musicians Maggie & Marya for an afternoon of hammered dulcimer workshops and M&M Mini-concert. This is the 3rd annual M&M Destination Dulcimer event and the first time hosted in Maryland!  Maggie Sansone is well known for her hammered dulcimer recordings, concert performances and Maggie’s Music record label; Marya Katz performs with "Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge" based in Blacksburg, VA. This workshop is open to advanced beginners to intermediate and beyond. Something for everyone!  Music will include tunes and arrangements. Workshop Registration & Questions:  Call Maggie’s Music office 10-3 (mon, tues, thurs) or leave message. For more info, or about the music, or your level of playing, contact: . 
LocationWest Annapolis, MD, 5 minutes from downtown Annapolis. Workshop located in private house. (details sent at registration. Sign up early! Space is limited.

April 25, The 37th Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering of Southern Maryland. Visit the Maggie's Music booth (Red Barn),10-6. and the 10am-10:45 Pub Stage show with  Maggie and guests including Celtic harper Bob Esty.

May 2 & 3 (Sat. & Sun.) The 41th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. 10-5. Visit Maggie's Music Booth with ongoing live music and Maggie's "Roverdance"(r) dancing puppets for kids. (Saturday only Maggie will perform at: 9-9:45 am on the Pavilion Stage). Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, MD, 21794.

For All Maggie's Music Artists Performance Schedules, click on the Calendar Link below.

Visit for full CD catalog and information of all music and artists.

News from Jody Marshall

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Join Jody on the last Sunday of each month as she plays for the Celtic Communion service at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Va. This meditative service is a relaxing way to end the busy weekend and get in a peaceful state of mind for the coming week. Service starts at 6:00 p.m. and is held in the chapel at Trinity Methodist, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. All are welcome! 

Upcoming services are on April 26 and May 31. Information:

On April 19, Jody and fiddler Andrea Hoag will provide music for the "Of the Land and Seasons" services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, Va. Music for these services is based on traditional Appalachian melodies. Services are at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. 

Dulcimer day in Annapolis - Maggie Sansone with Marya Katz

posted Apr 6, 2015, 2:55 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

May 16 ( Saturday)..M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer: A hammered dulcimer workshop in Annapolis, Maryland! Join hammered dulcimer musicians Maggie & Marya for an afternoon of hammered dulcimer workshops and M&M Mini-concert. This is the 3rd annual M&M Destination Dulcimer event and the first time hosted in Maryland. Maggie Sansone is well known for her hammered dulcimer recordings, concert performances and Maggie’s Music record label; Marya Katz performs with "Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge" based in Blacksburg, VA. Both Maggie and Marya have been featured teachers and performers at numerous hammered dulcimer workshops and events. About the musicians:

 TIME11:30 – 3:30 ( includes 3 hours of workshop and mini concert. Arrival time:  11:00 am:  drop off instrument. Equipment and park, then tune, meet and greet.

Level: This workshop is open to advanced- beginners to intermediate levels. Handouts will include a variety of levels from basic melody and back up chords to arrangement and variations ideas. Music stand and recording device is recommended.( please, no video).  Upon request, the basic tune can be emailed in advance as a PDF.

Location: West Annapolis, 5 minutes from Downtown Annapolis, MD. Workshop will be in large living room of a private house.( address, directions, parking information will be sent at time of registration). Space is limited to 12-15 participants.

11: 00: load in/ tune up/ meet and greet.. (pull up to the house and drop off your instrument and equipment, then park ( free parking in the neighborhood).

11:30-1:00- workshop #1

1:00- 1:30- little snack n’ stretch break.  (brown bag your lunch )or 5 min. walk to local deli. 

1:30-3:00- workshop #2

 Workshop registration:  Maggie’s Music Office:  10-3 ( mon, tue, thurs) or leave message. (if needed: cell phone: 410-703-8968).

 Question: For any questions about the workshops, music that will be taught,  your level of playing for this workshop. Etc..,

 PAYMENT: $45, pay in advance (Check payable to: Maggie’s Music, Inc., PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD 20764;   credit card (MasterCard and Visa) accepted- do  email office or mail payment. $50 at door

Classes and Concert - Karen Ashbrook

posted Apr 6, 2015, 2:53 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Spring has sprung and I am finally getting back to group classes - although only for April and May.

Workshops cost $55 for the day in advance, $60 the day of,  $30 for half a day.
Advanced Registration required.  Contact Karen by email or phone. 

Sat, April 18 - Springtime in Paris!
We will feel like we are sitting in a Parisian Cafe while playing  Sous le Ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies) -- our serious Chordal Spring Cleaning - reviewing most of the common major and minor chords we use (Am, A, Dm, D, Em, E, C) plus a few major 7th and minor 7th chords for good measure!  The tune itself is quite simple, with notes held for a couple measures, giving us time to nice 2 octave arpeggio fills.   
Here's a link of me playing it solo at the World Cimbalom Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013.
Registrants should learn (or be able to read) the basic melody in advance.  Recommended: review their basic minor and minor chords. 
*10 am-noon starting with serious chord drills and accompaniment patterns
vegetarian potluck lunch break
*1:00-2:30 pm  covering arrangement

Sat, May 9th Irish Dance tunes - ornamentation and accompaniment
No need to learn the tunes in advance. I'll teach them  at the workshop! I will post sound and pdf files of the music in advance though.

*10 am-noon The Night Poor Larry Was Stretched, a lively slip jig (9/8) in Em.  
vegetarian potluck lunch break
*1:00-2:30 pm  Peacock's Feather - a pretty hornpipe in D

May 23, Sat, 7:30 pm, I am having a special preview/presentation of the music for my upcoming solo hammered dulcimer recording of music for relaxation, "Starry, Starry".  This will be an informal evening with refreshments.  I will play through the music (about 50 minutes) for the new recording and encourage feedback after the performance.  the music is primarily international lullabies, designed to help you slow down and focus.  This is one performance where it is OK to fall asleep!  I'll have a printed program but will not talk once I start the playing.  I record in July and I am looking for feedback.  This is a chance to get in your 2¢! Donations are optional but for every $20 you will receive a free CD with shipping when the recording comes out late autumn.  Reserve a spot by emailing me.  It will be at my house, so space is limited.

Classes with Karen Ashbrook

posted Mar 2, 2015, 8:04 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:00 AM ]

I will have classes in my home in Silver Spring, MD.
Saturdays April 18 and May 9.  
Topics TBA, although one of those will be a serious chord work out with the classic French cafe waltz "Sous le Ciel de Paris"  (Under Paris Skies) on my new CD "KA/PO in Concert."

No group class in June.  July and August we'll see if anyone is around!  
So you will be hearing again from me with details for April and May classes.

Happy hammering!

Performance & Workshop Schedule: Ken Kolodner

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:38 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 9:36 PM ]

On Sunday, April 12, my son Brad and I will join with Alex LacQuement and Genticorum in an intimate concert of old-time and Quebecois music at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Genticorum is a fantastic trio from Canada featuring fiddler Pascal Gemme, flutist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, and guitar Yann Falquet. These folks are among the best performers of traditional French-Canadian music. I had a chance to play with the group a few years back. We will no doubt play all together! Click HERE for tickets and more info.  See Genticorum here Genticorum on youtube.  See Genticorum with Ken, Laura Risk and Keiran Ken playing with Genticorum, Laura Risk, Keiran Jordan

Local Performance and Workshop Schedule:

Sun, Apr 12, 2015: Sykesville, MD
Ken Kolodner and Elke Baker 3:00 p.m. Springfield Presbyterian Church, 7300 Spout Hill 
Road, Sykesville, MD 21784 410-795-6152

Sun, Apr 12, 2015: Baltimore, MD 
Ken and Brad with Alex Lacquement and Genticorum!  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Stony Run Friends Meeting House,  5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210   
For reservations, order online at or call Ken at 410-746-8387 or email  There is ample parking at Friends School. 

Sat, May 16, 2015: Bethesda, MD
Private. Ken and Brad.  
Sat, May 16, 2015: Bethesda, MD
Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement, Private.

Sun, May 17, 2015: Fredericksburg, VA
Ken & Brad perform for 6,000 runners of The Historic Half Marathon, 7:25-9:00 a.m.!

Fri, May 29, 2015: Berryville, VA
Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement and The Charm City Junction!!
The Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-2004

Sun, Jun 21, 2015: Bethesda, MD 
Ken & Brad in Private Concert

Jul 5-Jul 10, 2015: Westminster, MD
Ken & Brad Workshops, Ken teaching Old-Time Fiddle I, Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer
Brad teaching Intro to Clawhammer Banjo, Common Ground on the Hill  
More info:

Sat, Jul 11, 2015: Westminster, MD
Ken & Brad in Concert, Common Ground Festival,

Sun, Jul 12, 2015: Bethesda, MD

Ken & Brad private 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Sat, Jul 25, 2015: Fallston, MD 
Ken & Brad with Alex, on the lawn of The Little Falls Friends Meeting House, 
with ice cream and blueberries served at intermission! 6-8 p.m., rain location is the meeting house. 
(410) 877-3015,

Fri, Aug 28, 2015: Alexandria, VA 

Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement in Concert, Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, 7:30-8:30 p.m.  

New Recordings - Maggie Sansone

posted Jan 27, 2015, 3:54 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:02 AM ]


New!  Cold Frosty Morn at West River
Celtic Holiday Music & Songs

Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag & Sharon Knowles
with Patrick Egan. 
Enjoy this unique blend of Celtic and American roots music as the musicians create lyrical interpretations of traditional music for the holidays. It features Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer, Andrea Hoag on fiddle, Sharon Knowles on Celtic harp and with Patrick Egan on guitar and vocals.  Hear music and songs from the ancient Celtic Lands, Jigs and Reels from Ireland and Scotland, old time tunes from the Appalachians, medieval carols and traditional holiday favorites. Heartfelt and uplifting suitable for all ages!

A Hammered Dulcimer Collection
by Maggie Sansone 
Celtic, early music and multi-cultural improvisations that takes the hammered dulcimer to a new level with Sansone's trademark energy and grove based compositions.

Performance and Teaching Information - Ken Kolodner

posted Nov 24, 2014, 7:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:11 AM ]

Hello dulcimer players,


I wanted to let you know about a couple of festivals and workshops that I am doing in the coming year. I am doing quite a bit less teaching festivals than usual but I hope to see you out there!    


In April, I again will hold The Fourth Annual Watkins Glen Hammered Dulcimer Retreat geared to intermediate players (but all levels welcome). For the 11th year in late May, I return to Monee, IL for an all-day workshop for intermediate/advanced players. I will be teaching fiddle and hammered dulcimer for a full week at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD (July 5-11). My son and a large staff will be joining me. I will be teaching/performing at The Gateway Dulcimer Festival in IL early August. And once again, I will hold my Sandbridge weeks. We had 54 players from 23 states (plus Canada and Russia) attend last year.  The 11th Annual Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreats will run consecutively in late September and early October. Contact me now if you are interested – the weeks do fill up.


See for more concerts etc.

Sep 20-26, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 

WEEK #1 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat. A private weeklong workshop primarily for intermediate level players in Sandbridge Beach, VA.  Maximum of 18 players per week. Last year, we had 54 players from 23 states (and Canada, Russia) attend over the three weeks. The environment is super relaxed and supportive. The workshops are held in a very large 12 bedroom beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the very quiet town of Sandbridge, which is a few miles south of Virginia Beach, VA.  Participants stay either in very nice private or shared rooms (mostly private) in either the main house or in a nearby five bedroom house. Lots of seafood, instruction, jamming, dolphins, hot-tub, pool, beach and fun! Ken approves all participants. Spouses/guests welcome. Contact Ken at 410-746-8387, For full details, see

Sep 27-Oct 3, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #2 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Intermediate and Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 but the level is higher.

Oct 4-10, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #3 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 and #2 but the level is very high! We move fast!!

New CD - Karen Ashbrook

posted Nov 16, 2014, 11:19 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 8:15 PM ]

Announcing the release of our new CD "KA/PO in Concert"!  

New and Old Traditional Music from Belgium, Ireland and Beyond on hammered dulcimer, harp guitar, accordion,  wooden flute and cittern.

CDs available for purchase & downloads at:

"Karen and Paul's newest recording, recorded at a European-themed concert for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, is the first to focus entirely on their duet arrangements. The tunes range from sprightly, playful and mischievous to introspective, contemplative and comic, all showcasing their incredible virtuosity and their complete mastery of the many facets of European dance music. This is music that will have you wondering how in the world they find this stuff even as your foot is tapping insistently. I don't know a branle from a bourrée, but I recognize great music when I hear it! " Neal Walters, Dulcimer Players News

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Ireland Trip - Hammered Dulcimer - June 2015

posted Aug 11, 2014, 5:53 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

From: Karen Ashbrook <>
Date: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM
Subject: Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland 2015!
To:, Karen Ashbrook <>

I am organising another hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland with Jeanean Martin, June 11-20, 2015 
We have an optional 3 days of siteseeing and painting in Doolin June 11-14 and then we'll go to Carna, County Galway on the Connemara Coast where we will have classes  from June 14-20.  (the classes are June 15-19).  The hammered dulcimer class will of course be in Irish music!  We'll be staying in the Carna Bay hotel, an elegant family run business with gourmet meals.  There is a pub in the hotel plus a few more in town.  Carna is the center of great sean nos singing, dancing and music in the Gaelic speaking part of Ireland.

Visit my website for more details at

or you can write me and I'll email you a flyer.
happy hammering,
Karen Ashbrook

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