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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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  • 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 in Reston, VA

posted Sep 12, 2016, 1:42 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Karen Ashbrook classes

posted Sep 4, 2016, 2:33 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Group classes are at my house in Silver Spring and cost $55 for the day or $30 for a half day (if paid in advanced.  $5 more if paying the same day.)  Advanced registration required.    There's a potluck vegetarian lunch all participants are welcome to (and the food is always REALLY good!)
Mornings we work on chords and accompaniment.  Afternoons on arranging the tune. Music is given in advance.

Oct 15, Sat 10:00-2:30 A pretty waltz in G penned by Jonathan Jensen. <Intermediate>
In the fall,  I like do a tune in the spirit of October Fest.  Jonathan, who also composed Candles in the Dark (on Spring Will Come) and Summer Shower (an Em waltz we did a couple years ago in group), started out with the intention of composing a lullaby for me, but it came out as a waltz simply titled "Karen's Waltz" with dulcimer-esque arpeggios, some alternate minor chords, and an F chord making an appearance in the B Part. It sits beautifully on the dulcimer! 
Morning session 10:00-noon:  chords and accompaniment
Potluck vegetarian lunch noon-1:00
Afternoon session 1:00-2:30 - working on an arrangement

Nov 5, Sat 10:00-2:30, All the Pretty Little Horses - a fluid Em traditional American lullaby<Intermediate>  This is often song in 4/4 but this version which I learned from former colleague Kira Pratt Davis, is in 3/4.  You can hear a version of it on my new CD "Starry Starry" or click here.
Morning session 10:00-noon:  chords and accompaniment
Potluck vegetarian lunch noon-1:00
Afternoon session 1:00-2:30 - working on an arrangement

Enjoy the energy that comes with the fall, cooler weather and a new academic year.   Happy hammering,
Karen Ashbrook


Ken Kolodner concerts

posted Sep 4, 2016, 2:18 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 2:37 PM ]

Sep 8: Gaithersburg, MD - Evenings in Olde Towne Ken & Brad Trio - 6pm

Sep 11: Baltimore, MD - Dinner at Dusk Ken & Brad Trio - 6pm

Nov 20: Burtonsville, MD Living Arts Concerts Ken & Brad, Rachel, Alex 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Nov 25: Baltimore, MD 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Concert Ken & Brad Trio & Charm City Junction 7:00 p.m.

Dec 10: Washington, DC Washington Square Dance Ken & Brad, Alex & Rachel Eddy

Dec 12: Rockville, MD Institute of Musical Traditions Double bill of Ken & Elke Baker

Dec 17: Baltimore, MD Helicon's 31st Annual Winter Solstice Reunion Concerts
With Chris Norman, Robin Bullock, Charm City Junction, Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker, North American Step-Dance Champion Jonathan Srour and more!  3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Dec 31: Baltimore, MD Port Discovery Children's Museum New Year's Day Celebration
10-12 noon

Thu, Sep 8 - Gaithersburg, MD, Ken & Brad trio, Evenings in Olde Towne - 6:00 p.m., MORE INFO HERE

 Brad and I lead The Baltimore Old-Time Jam every other Tuesday at Liam Flynn’s on North Ave. , On Facebook, look for “The Baltimore Old-Time Jam”

More info HERE:  


Ken's full schedule

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Sept. 9-11

posted Aug 19, 2016, 7:48 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

Join Us As Part of Pennsylvania's Living Musical Tradition

At Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, as you enjoy playing, singing, jamming, dancing, listening, learning and sharing your enthusiasm for folk music. Greenwood Furnace State Park provides rustic beauty of a beautiful state park and a fitting historic backdrop for our annual celebration of Pennsylvania Heritage Musicians.
Whether you are a non-musician or an advanced player, you will find activities to suit your interests: workshops and master classes in nine time slots, covering a range of styles and techniques; two concerts; a contra and square dance; plus lots of opportunity to jam with a new friend or two.
One of the unique features of Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is the small size and friendly atmosphere. We are all here to learn, share and enjoy the music, and our musical faculty have been chosen to encourage each of us to learn and share in a positive environment. Our small workshop size allows for easy interaction with the faculty and each other, to provide a wonderful opportunity to experience and live the music.

Spring Dulcimer Weekend 2017

posted Jul 31, 2016, 9:22 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Spring Music Weekend
March 24-26, 2017
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Ann LoughSteve SchneiderRandy Marchany, and Jeanean Martin, multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts; plus Scandinavian fiddlers Lydia Ievins and Andrea Larson on fiddle and nykelharpa, teaching a Scandinavian music class for all instruments.  More info to come later.

Maggie Sansone 2016 Schedule

posted Jul 15, 2016, 8:09 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 2:22 PM ]

Aug./Sep/Oct: The Maryland Renaissance Festival (Maggie will be performing 15 days, contact festival for Maggie's daily schedule and locations ( stage shows and roverdance-puppet show). 10-11-Morning Merrymaking and peasant dancing; noon-stage show; afternoon-Maggie and her Rover-dance-ing puppets!  Sept. 5 (Singles weekend), Sept. 10 &11 ( Celtic weekend), Sept. 17 ( 40th Anniversary Celebration); Sept.24 & 25 ( Pirates Weekend) , Oct.1 ( Shakespeare weekend), Oct. 8 & 9;Oct. 11 &,12,  Oct. 15, 22 & 23 . ( Maggie will not be performing at festival 4 days: Sept. 3, 4,  18, Oct. 2).

Sept 16 -thru- Dec-6! Tuesday night adult music celtic and holiday jam and classes. Fun! Two sessions, each are 6 weeks long. Join our Adult music jam sessions and hammered duclimer classes with Maggie Sansone. This Fall: Hammered dulcimer (intermediate) 6:30 and Celtic -holiday music jam (all levels and mixed instruments (7:30). Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.Annapolis, MD. Starts Sept. 13- Oct. 18 ( six weeks),and 2nd session starts Nov.1 to Dec 6 ( six weeks), 2016.


Nov. 20- Old Brogue presents Celtic Concert Series Featuring celtic quartet Maggie Sansone ( Hammered dulcimer), Sharon Knowles ( Celtic Harp), Laura Byrne (Irish flute & whistle) & Patrick Egan ( vocals & guitar). 2 sittings. (5pm and 7pm). The concert location is: The Old Brogue,(listening room and fine dining), 760C Walker Road, Great Falls, Virginia 22066. Phone: 703-759-3309.


Dec.1-Thursday, 8pm. Uptown Concerts presents a holiday Celtic Concert at Baldwins Station! Enjoy award winning musicians, music and song with Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer), Sharon Knowles ( Celtic Harp), Laura Byrne (Irish flute) & Patrick Egan ( vocals, guitar). Tickets & reservations: 410-795-1041, Tickets $22.00, . Baldwins Station,7618 Main Street, Sykesville, MD 21784. About:
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Dec.4: Christ Episcopal Church presents The 16th Annual Celtic Holiday Concert and holiday recording Cold Frosty Morn at West River), featuring Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag, Sharon Knowles & Patrick Egan.2 shows: 3.30 and 6.00 (one hour concerts each followed by reception). Contact for more info, directions/tickets: Address:220 Owensville Road West River MD 20778.,Phone: 410 867-0346; The Rev. Nick Szabato:;

Black Mountain Music Fest 10/23-28-2016

posted Jul 8, 2016, 9:20 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 2:24 PM ]

Hi Ellie - 

I got your email from the club list at  (If I worked Google Maps right, that's about a 7-hour drive from McLean - a bit of a hike, but worth it for almost a week of music:)

Our web site is at and there are details there about the classes and registration. The classes are about 2/3 mountain dulcimer, 1/3 hammered, with the occasional other instrument as well. The hammered dulcimer instructors are Rick Thum, Dan Landrum, Amber Rogers, and Joshua Messick.

I've attached a PDF file that's a mini-poster listing the teachers and more information. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Regards, Bill Wake    804-519-6799

Peat & Barley (Bill Mitchell)

posted Apr 17, 2016, 8:19 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:51 PM ]

Here is our schedule of upcoming events where you can enjoy our music. We hope to see you there!

You can find our full performance schedule at

Schedule for Martin Family Band

posted Mar 17, 2016, 1:43 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 3:30 PM ]

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 Jun 1, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

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