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  • 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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  • Hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland, June 11-20, 2015, see more information on the Classes/Workshops page.

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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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Last Call: Saturday Workshop with Karen Ashbrook

posted May 26, 2015, 8:18 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Just a reminder - the April "Springtime in Paris" group hammered dulcimer class on "Sous Le Ciel" (Under Paris Skies) - chord bootcamp, was rescheduled to this Sat.
There's still room.  If you'd like to come, contact me asap!
This is my last group class until the fall.

Happy hammering!
Karen Ashbrook

Here I am playing it at the World Cimbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan in October, 2013:

The M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer Workshop (Annapolis, MD)

posted May 10, 2015, 9:25 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 14, 2015, 4:02 PM ]

The M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer Workshop with Maggie Sansone and Marya Katz
in Annapolis, MD Saturday, May 16, 2015  11:30- 3:30

The 3rd annual M&M Destination Dulcimer event will be hosted at a private house in Annapolis, Maryland and features Maggie with music teacher and hammered dulcimer player Marya Katz from Blacksburg Virginia. (  It will be open to advanced beginners to intermediate.. something for everyone with  2 workshops, and mini-concert by the teachers too!  Copies of the music will be sent in advance. We’ll start from the beginning, learning the tunes and hammering patterns, then teach a variety of techniques and variations  suitable for a variety of skill levels. Workshop Registration & details:
   Call Maggie’s Music office 10-3 (mon, tues, thurs) or leave message 410-

For All Maggie's Music Artists Performance Schedules, click on the Calendar Link below:

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posted May 9, 2015, 9:01 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

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Peat & Barley Performance

posted Apr 27, 2015, 8:08 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Hello Friends and Fans of Peat & Barley!

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

May 1, 2015,  Friday, 8pm.  Peat & Barley perform with Homespun Ceilidh
Band in a Celtic concert at Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt, MD.

May 10, 2015,  Sunday, 11am.  Peat & Barley perform at the Greenbelt
Green Man Festival.
You can find our full performance schedule at

Becky Ross and Bill Mitchell

News from Jody Marshall

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 4, 2015, 6:06 PM ]

Join Jody on the last Sunday of each month as she plays for the Celtic Communion service at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Va. This meditative service is a relaxing way to end the busy weekend and get in a peaceful state of mind for the coming week. Service starts at 6:00 p.m. and is held in the chapel at Trinity Methodist, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. All are welcome! 

Upcoming service on May 31. Information:

Dulcimer day in Annapolis - Maggie Sansone with Marya Katz

posted Apr 6, 2015, 2:55 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

May 16 ( Saturday)..M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer: A hammered dulcimer workshop in Annapolis, Maryland! Join hammered dulcimer musicians Maggie & Marya for an afternoon of hammered dulcimer workshops and M&M Mini-concert. This is the 3rd annual M&M Destination Dulcimer event and the first time hosted in Maryland. Maggie Sansone is well known for her hammered dulcimer recordings, concert performances and Maggie’s Music record label; Marya Katz performs with "Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge" based in Blacksburg, VA. Both Maggie and Marya have been featured teachers and performers at numerous hammered dulcimer workshops and events. About the musicians:

 TIME11:30 – 3:30 ( includes 3 hours of workshop and mini concert. Arrival time:  11:00 am:  drop off instrument. Equipment and park, then tune, meet and greet.

Level: This workshop is open to advanced- beginners to intermediate levels. Handouts will include a variety of levels from basic melody and back up chords to arrangement and variations ideas. Music stand and recording device is recommended.( please, no video).  Upon request, the basic tune can be emailed in advance as a PDF.

Location: West Annapolis, 5 minutes from Downtown Annapolis, MD. Workshop will be in large living room of a private house.( address, directions, parking information will be sent at time of registration). Space is limited to 12-15 participants.

11: 00: load in/ tune up/ meet and greet.. (pull up to the house and drop off your instrument and equipment, then park ( free parking in the neighborhood).

11:30-1:00- workshop #1

1:00- 1:30- little snack n’ stretch break.  (brown bag your lunch )or 5 min. walk to local deli. 

1:30-3:00- workshop #2

 Workshop registration:  Maggie’s Music Office:  10-3 ( mon, tue, thurs) or leave message. (if needed: cell phone: 410-703-8968).

 Question: For any questions about the workshops, music that will be taught,  your level of playing for this workshop. Etc..,

 PAYMENT: $45, pay in advance (Check payable to: Maggie’s Music, Inc., PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD 20764;   credit card (MasterCard and Visa) accepted- do  email office or mail payment. $50 at door

Classes and Concert - Karen Ashbrook

posted Apr 6, 2015, 2:53 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 4, 2015, 6:09 PM ]

Spring has sprung and I am finally getting back to group classes - although only for April and May.

Workshops cost $55 for the day in advance, $60 the day of,  $30 for half a day.
Advanced Registration required.  Contact Karen by email or phone at 301-592-0101, 

Sat, May 9th Irish Dance tunes - ornamentation and accompaniment
No need to learn the tunes in advance. I'll teach them  at the workshop! I will post sound and pdf files of the music in advance though.

*10 am-noon The Night Poor Larry Was Stretched, a lively slip jig (9/8) in Em.  
vegetarian potluck lunch break
*1:00-2:30 pm  Peacock's Feather - a pretty hornpipe in D

May 23, Sat, 7:30 pm, I am having a special preview/presentation of the music for my upcoming solo hammered dulcimer recording of music for relaxation, "Starry, Starry".  This will be an informal evening with refreshments.  I will play through the music (about 50 minutes) for the new recording and encourage feedback after the performance.  the music is primarily international lullabies, designed to help you slow down and focus.  This is one performance where it is OK to fall asleep!  I'll have a printed program but will not talk once I start the playing.  I record in July and I am looking for feedback.  This is a chance to get in your 2¢! Donations are optional but for every $20 you will receive a free CD with shipping when the recording comes out late autumn.  Reserve a spot by emailing me.  It will be at my house, so space is limited.

Performance & Workshop Schedule: Ken Kolodner

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:38 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 10, 2015, 9:54 AM ]

Local Performance and Workshop Schedule:

Sat, May 16, 2015: Bethesda, MD
Private. Ken and Brad.  
Sat, May 16, 2015: Bethesda, MD
Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement, Private.

Sun, May 17, 2015: Fredericksburg, VA
Ken & Brad perform for 6,000 runners of The Historic Half Marathon, 7:25-9:00 a.m.!

Fri, May 29, 2015: Berryville, VA
Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement and The Charm City Junction!!
The Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-2004

Sun, Jun 21, 2015: Bethesda, MD 
Ken & Brad in Private Concert

Jul 5-Jul 10, 2015: Westminster, MD

I will be teaching fiddle and hammered dulcimer for a full week at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD (July 5-11). My son and a large staff will be joining me. 

Ken & Brad Workshops, Ken teaching Old-Time Fiddle I, Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer
Brad teaching Intro to Clawhammer Banjo, Common Ground on the Hill  
More info:

Sat, Jul 11, 2015: Westminster, MD
Ken & Brad in Concert, Common Ground Festival,

Sun, Jul 12, 2015: Bethesda, MD

Ken & Brad private 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Sat, Jul 25, 2015: Fallston, MD 
Ken & Brad with Alex, on the lawn of The Little Falls Friends Meeting House, 
with ice cream and blueberries served at intermission! 6-8 p.m., rain location is the meeting house. 
(410) 877-3015,

Fri, Aug 28, 2015: Alexandria, VA 

Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement in Concert, Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, 7:30-8:30 p.m.  

Sept-Oct Annual Sandbridge Retreat -- See separate 

Post below.

New Recordings - Maggie Sansone

posted Jan 27, 2015, 3:54 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 4, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

New!  Cold Frosty Morn at West River

Celtic Holiday Music & Songs
Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag & Sharon Knowles
with Patrick Egan. 
Enjoy this unique blend of Celtic and American roots music as the musicians create lyrical interpretations of traditional music for the holidays. It features Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer, Andrea Hoag on fiddle, Sharon Knowles on Celtic harp and with Patrick Egan on guitar and vocals.  Hear music and songs from the ancient Celtic Lands, Jigs and Reels from Ireland and Scotland, old time tunes from the Appalachians, medieval carols and traditional holiday favorites. Heartfelt and uplifting suitable for all ages!

A Hammered Dulcimer Collection
by Maggie Sansone 
Celtic, early music and multi-cultural improvisations that takes the hammered dulcimer to a new level with Sansone's trademark energy and grove based compositions.

The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Ken Kolodner

posted Nov 24, 2014, 7:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 10, 2015, 9:44 AM ]

See for more concerts etc.

Sep 20-26, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 

WEEK #1 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat. A private weeklong workshop primarily for intermediate level players in Sandbridge Beach, VA.  Maximum of 18 players per week. Last year, we had 54 players from 23 states (and Canada, Russia) attend over the three weeks. The environment is super relaxed and supportive. The workshops are held in a very large 12 bedroom beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the very quiet town of Sandbridge, which is a few miles south of Virginia Beach, VA.  Participants stay either in very nice private or shared rooms (mostly private) in either the main house or in a nearby five bedroom house. Lots of seafood, instruction, jamming, dolphins, hot-tub, pool, beach and fun! Ken approves all participants. Spouses/guests welcome. Contact Ken at 410-746-8387, For full details, see

Sep 27-Oct 3, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #2 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Intermediate and Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 but the level is higher.

Oct 4-10, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #3 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 and #2 but the level is very high! We move fast!!

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