- 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.
- Crofton Celtic & Traditional Slow-Jam Sessions. The Crofton Slow-Jam is no longer holding a regular, scheduled monthly Slow-Jam. They are, however, gathering at times in smaller groups in various places. If you are interested in joining these jams when they plan a gathering, email Jackie Elgie and ask to be put on their email list. She will notify you when there is an upcoming Slow-Jam with information on time, date, and
- Ken and Brad Kolodner host old-time jams in the Baltimore area. See Ken's post below for more information.
- 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, www.FairfaxLibraryFoundation.org. See their thank you letter.
- 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 Ellie 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 Ellie'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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Musicians of all instruments and levels are
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and experiment with folk music. Each evening features a staff concert followed
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with an open band. You'll also have an opportunity to be coached by a
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Library of Congress blog <http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2014/01/soldiers-joy-an-american-classic/
01/16/2014 06:24 PM EST
> "Soldier's Joy" is one of our favorite
fiddle tunes, and one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes in
the English-speaking world. There are
> numerous renditions of this piece
located throughout Library of Congress collections, many of which are
online. Let?s take a brief tour of this
> American classic."Soldier's Joy" appeared in late eighteenth-century sheet . . .
> This service is provided by the Library of Congress at
From: Ken Kolodner, Oct. 11, 2013
Nine years ago, I launched a weeklong retreat in
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia for hammered dulcimer players. I started “Sandbridge”
(see www.sandbridgedulcimer.com) to provide an intensive learning
environment in a relaxed setting. Since its inception, Sandbridge has evolved
into three weeklong workshops that draw 50 intermediate and advanced players
from around the U.S. and beyond. This collection draws heavily from arrangements
developed at Sandbridge and over the course of my
30-year career as a hammered dulcimer performer and
To order the book, call me at 410-746-8387 or click here
on my website Order The Sandbridge Dance Tune
- Repertoire draws from Celtic, Old-Time,
Quebecois, Shetland and Cape Breton Islands
- Includes standards and many lessor known
- Includes basic tunes with chords and one or
more arrangements for each tune
- Arrangements cover a wide range of levels of
- Backup and harmony parts are provided for
many of the pieces
- Includes a discussion of over 20 arranging
- A lifetime resource for players of all
- Tunes are selected from Kolodner’s vast
repertoire of thousands of tunes!
son Brad and I are proud to announce the release of our 2nd album of traditional
and original Old-Time music. The album features hammered dulcimer, banjo, twin
fiddles, guitar, bass, vocals and more!
Purchase a hard copy from my website
Preview and purchase the
album digitally via CDBaby
"We could not have asked for a better setting to record this album:
right here in the house where we have lived for the past 21 years. The creaks in
the floor, the chirps of the birds outside, the beaming Baltimore summer sun
shining through the windows, and the comfort of playing in our living room was
the ideal setting. For a few weeks in the summer of 2013, our house temporarily
turned into a makeshift recording studio." - Ken & Brad
Ken Kolodner: hammered dulcimer, fiddle
Kolodner: banjo, gourd banjo, banjola, fiddle, vocals
guitar, mandolin, cittern
Alex Lacquement: bass
Elke Baker: fiddle,
Kagey Parrish (of The Honey Dewdrops): harmony
List for "Skipping Rocks"
1. The Orchard (2:25)
2. Down On My Knees (4:39)
3. John Brown’s March (4:09)
4. Falls of Richmond (3:00)
5. The Reunion (2:23)
6. Grub Springs (3:18)
7. Skipping Rocks (2:43)
8. Caspian's Dream (3:54)
9. The Cowboy Waltz/Tombigbee's Waltz (4:48)
10. Boatman (2:46)
11. Reuben's Train (2:38)
12. Red Rocking Chair (4:23)
13. Billy in the Lowground (3:28)
14. Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom (3:20)
15. Lost Indian (2:43)
and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes
achieve. The blend of the hammered dulcimer and banjo is exceptional.” Old
Time Herald, 2012
Fall/Winter Skipping Rocks CD Release
12: Baltimore Folk Festival w/
Brad (@ 7:00 p.m. Liam Flynn's Ale House)
October 19: Stony Run Friends Meeting
House w/ Brad, Elke Baker and Alex Lacquement (@ 8:00 p.m. 5114 North
October 23: McDonogh School w/ Brad and Alex
Lacquement (@ 7:00 p.m.)
November 29: An Die Musik w/ Brad and
Alex Lacquement (Two shows @ 7:30 p.m. AND 9:00 p.m.)
December 21: Helicon's 27th Annual Winter Solstice
Concert w/ Brad, Robin Bullock and Alex Lacquement (Two shows at 3:30
p.m. AND 8:00 p.m.)
February 28: The Cellar Stage w/ Brad
and Alex Lacquement (@ 8:00 p.m.)
the recent issue of Dulcimer Player News ( volume 29, NO. 3,Summer 2013). www.dpn.com
Maggie Sansone reviewed the
new Maggie’s Music CD by Hesperus Early Music Ensemble called A Civil War
Scrapbook ( MM236) ( www.maggiesmusic.com) and also, a guest
musician , she played on some of the tracks and included her solo arrangement of
the beautiful Irish ballad Shule Aroon .
Maggie says: “ I have
heard this beautiful air for many years but never played it on hammered
dulcimer. For this recording I used a Nicholas Blanton Forte). My first step was
to sing this song for many weeks until I knew it well from memory and then could
really feel how the words and sentiments could inspire my arrangement. From
learning the song first, I was able to hear how the melody and words would
express the emotional loss of a lover going off to war. I wish I was on
yonder hill, it’s there I’d sit and cry my fill, and every tear would turn a
mill, oh, Johnny’s gone for a soldier. I played the melody in various
octaves around the dulcimer adding variations and free flowing improvisations
using pentatonic scale notes that rise and fall to the lower end of the dulcimer
concluding the arrangement with a drum type rhythm as Johnny slowly
marches away into the distance; and probably to a very sad end.” Enjoy.
Various friends and
fans have posted Youtube videos of Timothy's playing at festivals and concerts
over the past five years, and in the past year we've made some of our own:
information about dulcimers, Christmas music on the hammered dulcimer,
Feel free to click on
any links! We plan to add a number of other performances and informational
items in the near future. Whenever we do, we announce the news in our website as well as in Facebook and Twitter, in case you're in
those digital realms.Also, Timothy's blog in the website
is continually being expanded as well --- music, nature, and life topics --- in
several categories --- on about a weekly basis. Have a look --- it may be
helpful or inspiring!And don't forget that
Timothy performs live in one way or another at over 200 events each year! The
schedule is kept up-to-date on a daily basis, and has
helpful links and maps. We hope to see you at some!
Now we've picked it up again with eight new videos in
Youtube (and counting):
Many blessings on
your early autumn ---
Maggie’s Music announces a new CD on the label: A Civil War Scrapbook (MM236)
featuring Hesperus Early Music Ensemble ( Tina Chancey, Director, fiddle, viol ;
Bruce Hutton, guitar, mouth bow, harmonica, mandolin and Zan McLeod on guitar).
They are joined by guests: Kathryn Montoya on baroque oboe, recorder, and
penny-whistle; Matthew Olwell, percussion; Charlie Pilzer, bass, Chris Romaine,
old-time banjo and fiddle and Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer. Maggie plays
on 5 tracks including a Scots/Irish jig set and solo Shule Aroon. Album
information and audio samples here:
Tina, the director
describes the recording as a musical patchwork of hope and healing, longing and
loss with airs and ballads, Irish jigs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, marches,
spirituals and hymns, and parlor music from the time of the American Civil War
and beyond. You can visit the album page on the Maggie’s’ Music website to hear
audio samples or purchase an advance copy of the CD from Maggie’s Music.( It
will be available in stores and download sites starting June 25, 2013.) from :
Ken Kolodner writes (5-27-2013):
those in the Baltimore area, every other Tuesday, my son Brad and I have been
leading an Old-Time jam at Liam
Flynn's Ale House.
The next Old-Time jam is this Tuesday, May 28 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
jam is free and a great way to hear Old-Time music in the heart of Baltimore. We
have had a super turnout so far, with up to 35 musicians playing and many more
listening and enjoying the scene. If you play old-time music, come and join us
to play some tunes. Or just come, relax, have a drink and listen!
invite friends and continue to spread the word. The next jams are 6/11, 6/25,
7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20. I will miss 6/11 and 6/25 but should make the others. Put
them on your calendar!
If you want to find out more about the jam on a regular basis,
email Brad (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on the email list. You may also want to join the Facebook
the Baltimore Old Time Jam Faceboook Group
you on Tuesday.
Please announce to my dear friends in the Hammer Heads that
Patty Looman, the wonderful teacher and celebrated hammered dulcimer musician
died quietly this afternoon in Fairmont, WV. Some of them had known her, or had
heard of her.
Late this afternoon, a small group of musicians set up their
dulcimers in her room and played softly as she made her final journey. Over the
years, Patty had taught hundreds of people in five states, always giving her
services for free. Recently, Patty made the request that at her funeral, she
would like as many persons whom she had taught who cared to attend, to gather
and play the old hymn "Over The Sunset Mountains". This afternoon, her students
played this hymn for their dearly beloved friend. After the first verse, Patty
slipped into eternity.
Patty's passing will be mourned by the entire state and
several surrounding states. Her funeral must be held in a venue large enough to
hold dozens of devoted and grateful students who will indeed play this old hymn,
among others, at her funeral.
Thank you so much for sending this message, with my
continuing love and gratitude to the dear ones in the Hammer
Morgantown, WV 26505