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 Justin 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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Upper Potomac Spring Weekend Classes

posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:00 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Spring Weekend Early Bird Deadline is approaching!

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It's time to sign up for the Spring Music Weekend! Note: It's not just for Dulcimers!

For the first time ever, we are offering an Early Bird Discount for early registration for our Spring Music Weekend.  The Deadline is February 15, just 2 weeks away.  Sign up soon and save!

The Spring Weekend has changed in format, it now runs from the Friday evening concert until Sunday at 4pm.  This change is because the campus is in session on Friday, and if all of the students come then, parking will be extremely difficult. Schedule.

We have added two Friday afternoon classes for hammered dulcimer players with Steve Schneider and Anne Lough, who are travelling a long distance to teach. We hope to run one or both of these claasses off campus.  If you wish to attend either of these classes, you need to add an addition $50 to your full-weekend tuition.  Friday only Tuition (plus concert) is also available.

lydida ievans and Andrea Larson will be teaching a Scandinavian music class called Träd: Cultivating Scandinavian Rhythm and Roots for Dance Musicians.  This will be a fiddle centered class, but open to all instruments.

Complete list of Weekend Classes
Extra Friday Afternoon Hammered Dulcimer Classes:
(not included in weekend fee, an additional $50 covers this 3 hour class)
Map of Your Dulcimer - Finding Your Way Around, Grasping Patterns, and Unlocking Secrets of the Instrument (Steve Schneider)
Tunes for Two (Anne Lough)

Weekend Classes for Fiddle and Mixed Instruments!  See web page for full class description.

Träd: Cultivating Scandinavian Rhythm and Roots for Dance Musicians (lydia ievans and Andrea Larson) for Fiddle and mixed instruments.
Music From Momentum (Paul Oorts) Tunes from Paul and Steve's landmark recordingFor all instruments! Follow link to hear some of the tunes!

Weekend Hammered Dulcimer Classes:
Building Skills for the New Player (Anne Lough) Beg.
Refining your Skills
 (Jody Marshall) Adv. Beg.
Tunes from No Strings Attached
 (Randy MarchanyInt.-Adv. Follow link for videos of No Strings Attached.
Doing More with Less
 (Steve Schneider) Int.-Adv.

Karen Ashbrook classes

posted Sep 4, 2016, 2:33 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 1:39 PM ]

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.
Happy hammering,
Karen Ashbrook

Ken Kolodner concerts

posted Sep 4, 2016, 2:18 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 1:41 PM ]

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

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 2017 Schedule

posted Jul 15, 2016, 8:09 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

Jan.8. 2017 Sunday, 6pm. Maggie’s Music Celebration for the New Year with WAMMIE award winning Celtic-Jazz musicians-Maggie Sansone ( hammered dulcimer), Andrea Hoag (Fiddle),Seth Kibel (clarinet and sax),Paul Oorts (Harp-guitar and french accordion; , Matthew Bell (bodhran and percussion) and CulkinLIVE! ( Irish step dancers with Kate Bole)Irish Step dancers too! Rams Head On Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Phone: 410.268.4545; Ticket price:$25, Box Office Hour and info: ( Mon.- Sun: 9:00am – 9:00pm.) 21 and over. , ( search-maggie sansone;

April 4- Maryland Hall for Creative Arts...Maggie's classes start April 4 (Tuesday) 6.15pm:Celtic Drum rhythms for Bodhran, Djembe or dombek;7pm:Celtic Slow Jam( all instruments welcome!)( see website for details)

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

Jody Marshall

posted Feb 11, 2016, 8:05 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

Traditions show - Mary Cliff

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:35 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 1:59 PM ]

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. 2016 newsletter)

Kolodner Concerts & Schedule

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:36 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 2:00 PM ]

 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 


Peat & Barley

posted Sep 9, 2015, 5:47 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 11:44 AM ]

Hello Friends and Fans of Peat & Barley!

April 29, 2016  Friday, 6-9pm.  Peat & Barley perform for Wine Down Friday at Elk Run Winery, Mt. Airy, MD.  $5  Directions and info here

You can find our full performance schedule at

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