Announcements and POSTS

  • 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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  • 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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Kolodner Sandbridge Workshops

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:44 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

I am pleased to announce that I have added a spring week (April 3-9, 2016) for intermediate/advanced players to my 12th Annual Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreats. Registration is open for all weeks ( As in previous years, I will run three weeks in the fall in Sandbridge Beach, VA. Around 60 players from 23 states attended this year. The return rate is very high from year to year (ranging from 75% to 100% depending on the week). If you are considering attending, please let me know ASAP. There are likely 4-5 spots open for the spring week. 


Here are some links to some tunes taught at Sandbridge in past years (hit CTRL and click or cut and paste the link):






In addition to my Sandbridge weeks, I will be teaching/performing for The Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat (teaching hammered dulcimer backup and fiddle) in Shepherdstown, WV (1/8-1/10/2016); 

Kolodner Concerts & Schedule

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:36 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 10:55 AM ]

CD release concert with Charm City Junction on the day after Thanksgiving  Fri, Nov 27, 2015: Baltimore, MD, Special Thanksgiving concert Ken and Brad with Alex Lacquement and featuring The Charm City Junction with Patrick McAvinue, Sean McComiskey, Alex LacQuement and Brad Kolodner. Tickets $25 door/$23 door/$12 students. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Stony Run Friends Meeting House,  5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210   

For reservations, ORDER ONLINE or call Ken at 410-746-8387 or email  There is ample parking at Friends School. More info HERE:

Mon, Dec 14, 2015: Rockville, MD, Double bill of Ken with Elke Baker and Robin Bullock in annual Christmas show. Institute of Musical Traditions.

Sat, Dec 19, 2015: Baltimore, MD 

Helicon's 30th 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! 
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD  
Shows at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets and more info:

Tickets on sale at  via credit card, or call 410-746-8387; $32 at the door; $28 in advance; $25 for groups of 15 or more; $22 for groups of 30 or more; $20 for kids under 14.  


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:  


My full schedule is at and  Some upcoming highlights include:


11/20   Williamsburg, VA    Ken & Brad trio perform at the Williamsburg Library - 7:30 p.m.

11/27   Baltimore, MD        Ken & Brad trio AND Charm City Junction at Friends School Meeting House - 7:00

12/14       Rockville, MD     Ken & Elke, Robin Bullock, IMT Christmas Concert

12/19       Baltimore, MD     Ken & Brad trio, Charm City Junction at Helicon’s 30th Annual Winter Solstice Concert

1/8-10, 2016   Shepherdstown, WV    Ken teaches HD & fiddle & performs for The Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat

1/10/16    Gettysburg, PA   Ken & Brad trio perform for Musik! Gettysburg - 4:00 p.m.

1/16/16    Easton, MD      Ken & Brad duo perform at The Avalon Theater - 8:00 p.m.


Kolodners in Williamsburg

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:30 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Friday, Nov 20, 2015: Williamsburg, VA
Ken and Brad Kolodner
 will perform old-time, Celtic and original music with Alex Lacquement for the Dewey Decibel Series on hammered dulcimer, triple fiddles, clawhammer banjo, gourd banjo, banjola, hammered mbira, guitar and vocals 
Tickets $16 door/$13 Friends of the WL/$8 under 16. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
Williamsburg Library
515 Scotland St.
Williamsburg VA 23185
Phone: 757.259.4040 
For tickets, 757-259-4070  
There is ample parking at the library 
Watch Ken & Brad here:

Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival 2016

posted Sep 30, 2015, 10:53 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival3/11-13, 2016.

New Recording In the Works from Karen

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:52 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 8:56 PM ]

What a year it has been! Ireland, Belgium, summer camps, playing weekly at Walter Reed for 4 months and a new recording coming out in October "Starry Starry- Celestial Music from the Heart". It's a Fantasia of American, Celtic, Asian and classical lullabies on solo hammered dulcimer. In October I'll be attending the World Cimbalom (Dulcimer) Congress in England too!

Happy hammering!
Karen Ashbrook

Group Classes with Karen Ashbrook

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:48 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 10:52 AM ]

Group Classes are starting up again in October at my house in Silver Spring, MD. 
My standard format is
>Set up and Tune  9:30-10:00 am
>Morning Session 10:00 am - noon  focuses on chords and accompaniment
>Potluck Vegetarian Lunch noon-1:00 ish
>Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30 pm focuses on an arrangement.
Music (sound file and pdf) is available in advance and advance knowledge of the tune is recommended. Cost in advance $30 for half day or $55 full. Prices are $35 and $60 the day of the workshop. Contact me to register.

Sat, Nov 14 Using a sweet Irish song "Gartan Mother's Lullaby"  off my new CD "Starry Starry", we'll work with a  descending bass line, an arrangement and a simple bridge (musical interlude) that gives us a chance to work with a standard chord progression of I, V, IV, V.
Visit my website for information at

Happy hammering!
Karen Ashbrook

Workshops with Maggie Sansone (Annapolis, MD)

posted Sep 9, 2015, 5:54 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 5:56 PM ]

Sept 21 and 22: Maggie's Adult Classes start at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Three 10 week courses in the evening starting  Sept. 21 (Mondays) and Sept 22 (Tuesdays) thru- Dec. 1, 2015.   Mondays: Keep on Hammering for Advanced Beginners; Tuesdays: Hammered Dulcimer Workshop (advanced beginners to intermediate) and Celtic and Holiday Slow Jam (mixed instruments). Contact instructor for details at  Register at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts,  801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401,  410- 263-5544. 

Peat & Barley

posted Sep 9, 2015, 5:47 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 10:30 AM ]

Hello Friends and Fans of Peat & Barley!

You can find our full performance schedule at

Martin Family band

posted Aug 13, 2015, 6:13 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

 The Martin Family Band (with Jeanean on HD) will perform at the  Colonial Market and Fair   from 9am - 5pm on both Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.  Location:  George Washington's Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121(703) 780-2000.

Karen Ashbrook at World Cimbalom Congress

posted May 26, 2015, 8:18 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 10:43 AM ]

Here I am playing it at the World Cimbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2013:
Happy hammering!
Karen Ashbrook

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