Announcements and POSTS

  • See Posts section below for the latest news, upcoming concerts and classes, activities that might be of interest, and general music-related tidbits.  Additional links and information are on the Concerts, Workshops and Classes pages.
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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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  • Web Site Updates: Notification by Email.  A list has been developed of musicians and listeners who want to be emailed when the site is updated each month.  To get your name on the list, send an email to Hilary with the subject of "Add Me for HD email."  Use the subject "Remove Me from HD email list" to be taken off.  REMINDER:  If you were on the list, but Hilary's email to you bounces, you'll have to resubmit your email address as she then has no way to contact you!
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  • O’Neill’s Irish Dance Music Book.  Here is an Index to O'Neill's.  You can download the whole thing (do read how it was compiled from abc notation) at if you want it.  Might be useful to have handy for reference on your mobile device.
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Roya at FSGW June 6

posted by Eleanor Holsopple

Peat & Barley (Bill Mitchell)

posted Apr 17, 2016, 8:19 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 17, 2016, 8:19 PM ]

Here is our schedule of upcoming events where you can enjoy our music. We hope to see you there!
Friday,April 29,  6-9pm for Wine-Down Fridays at Elk Run Vineyards, Mt. Airy, MD  $5 cover charge.

Saturday, May 7,  8pm, playing a couple of sets as part of the Homespun Ceilidh Band Celtic performance.  $15, Greenbelt Art Center, Greenbelt, MD
You can find our full performance schedule at

Dulcimer For Sale

posted Apr 8, 2016, 1:13 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Note that the For Sale or Wanted page on this website has been updated to post an extended range Rizzetta dulcimer for Maddie MacNeil.

West Coast Duo - Concert - Magical Strings

posted Apr 6, 2016, 6:36 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

The Christian Community of Greater Washington-Baltimore is hosting a fundraiser-concert of the  Magical StringsFriday, April 29,  8pmat the Seekers Church in Takoma Park, (276 Carroll Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20012).. 

Philip and Pam Boulding, playing their own handcrafted Celtic harp and hammer dulcimer, have been described by the Washington Post as “sonically gorgeous”.  Their unique compositions will transport you to Ireland and beyond! 

 Click here to check them out on YouTube!  Tickets can be purchased at  For more information call 301-404-5578.

HD Workshop and Schedule for Martin Family Band

posted Mar 17, 2016, 1:43 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:11 PM ]

Just thought I would send you this information, especially the one about my upcoming workshop/concert in New Freedom.   I know it is a bit far but worth the drive very lovely place.  Thanks, Jeanean 
 See attached flyer about the workshop/concert

May 7 & 8th  - Sheep & Wool Festival, Howard County Fairgrounds   (Note:  Mom & Dad can't come on Sat. please make sure and come on Sat. especially )
June 4th  - Washington Folk Festival -  Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date. 
July 9-10th  - Common Ground on the Hill Roots Festival - Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date 
September - OPEN -   Mount Vernon -  Colonial Market & Fair 17 & 18th 
December - Candlelight Mount Vernon 
21909 Ruby Drive, Boyds, MD 20841, (301) 540-2092

Jody Marshall

posted Feb 11, 2016, 8:05 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 9:33 PM ]

Sunday April 17, 8:45 and 11:15 am, Jody and fiddler Andrea Hoag will play for both morning services of "Land and Seasons," with music based on traditional American folk music,  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA 22042,

Classes with Maggie Sansone - Annapolis

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:49 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:12 PM ]

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

April 30 (Saturday) 10-6. Visit the Maggie's Music booth, and see the Stage Show with Andrea Hoag & Maggie Sansone 3-345 in the fiddle tent.

The Annual Sheep & Wool Festival
May 7 & 8
: (Sat, and Sun) features Maggie's Music Booth and performances all day. 9am – 6pm Saturday; 9am – 5pm Sunday. Howard County Fairgrounds.West Friendship, MD.

Visit the website to browse all of the CDs
Order online or call her office at 410-867-0642
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

See 2016 Spring Classes offered at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts -

California Dreamin' Music & Painting!, August 7-15

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:40 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Plein Air Painter and hammered dulcimist, Jeanean Songco Martin and myself are again teaming up to run a week-long "Painting & Music Camp". Ireland was our destination in 2013 and 2015 (and again in 2017!) but this time we're headed west- "California Dreamin' and Old World Jam" in Pismo Beach, California, August 7-15.  We've brought Paul Oorts on board to teach a mixed instrument class, as well as my hammered dulcimer class, while the painters go out daily to various beautiful spots along the coast!  
The music classes will be working on the same fun bal folk repertoire (think French bourrees, mazurkas, polkas, Spanish Muiñeiras and more!) so we will have plenty of music to jam with when we're not in class, at the beach, hiking, sipping wine and resting!

Painters go here for details and check out Session II at:

Don't hesitate to contact me for more details.  Hope to see some of you in Pismo Beach!
Happy hammering, 
Karen Ashbrook

Traditions show - Mary Cliff

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:35 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

For those of you who have listened to Mary's show, note that she is now broadcasting from an Arlington station, WERA-LP, FM 96.7, Saturdays 9 pm to midnight.  (per Folklore Society Feb. newsletter)

Spring Dulcimer classes with Karen Ashbrook

posted Jan 26, 2016, 7:39 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:13 PM ]

Below is my Spring Hammered Dulcimer Group Class offerings.
COST: Each workshop is $55 for the day or $30 for a half day if paid in advance, $5 more if you pay the day of.  (April 9 all day only) See details below.

SCHEDULE: Set up and tuning time is 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Morning Sessions are 10:00 am to noon and focus on chords and accompaniment.  We break for a vegetarian potluck lunch and then have a 90 minute afternoon session working on an arrangement of the tune.  
In most cases it is recommended to learn the tune in advance.  Pdfs and sound files of music are available to participants in advance via Dropbox (preferred) or email.

May 14, Sat 10-noon and 1:00-2:30 (advanced beginner- intermediate)
Time for a lighthearted Galician waltz in G from Rosendo! 
This sweet 3 part tune has both descending and ascending chord progressions and melodies - perfect for harmonizing on the dulcimer!  No need to learn the tune in advance.
You can hear Berrogüetto play this live. It comes in as an instrumental break at 0:52 and 1:50

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