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Spring Dulcimer classes with Karen Ashbrook

posted Jan 26, 2016, 7:39 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 7:41 PM ]

Below is my Spring Hammered Dulcimer Group Class offerings.
COST: Each workshop is $55 for the day or $30 for a half day if paid in advance, $5 more if you pay the day of. NOTE: April 9 is only all day and costs $60/$65.  See details below.

SCHEDULE: Set up and tuning time is 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Morning Sessions are 10:00 am to noon and focus on chords and accompaniment.  We break for a vegetarian potluck lunch and then have a 90 minute afternoon session working on an arrangement of the tune.  
In most cases it is recommended to learn the tune in advance.  Pdfs and sound files of music are available to participants in advance via Dropbox (preferred) or email.

Feb 20, Sat 10-noon and 1:00-2:30 (advanced beginner- intermediate)
If You Want to Go Pirating!  Al Die Willen Te Kap'ren Varen a West Flanders jig we'll play in E Dorian.  
Who doesn't want to be a pirate and go to sea after days in the snow?!  We will use this energetic little jig to work on basic and substitute chordal accompaniment in 6/8 time.  No need to learn the tune in advance.

March 26, Sa10-noon and 1:00-2:30  (intermediate)
March is our Irish month so we will work on reels, using the Torn Jacket, a reel in D with lovely arpeggios that sit beautifully on the dulcimer.  We will cover ornamentation, variations and accompaniment. Here is a fine concert performance of it with Dylan Foley, Jerry O'Sullivan and Josh Dukes:

April 9, Sat 10-2:45 (intermediate-advanced).  
Cost $60 in advance, $65 the day of.
Third time is the charm.  Spring WILL come and nothing is more romantic than Paris in Springtime!  We will work on Sous Le Ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies) a serious bootcamp workout for almost all the major and minor chords you will ever need, plus major and minor 7th chords!
Here's a version with Edith Piaf singing it:

May 14, Sat 10-noon and 1:00-2:30 (advanced beginner- intermediate)
Time for a lighthearted Galician waltz in G from Rosendo! 
This sweet 3 part tune has both descending and ascending chord progressions and melodies - perfect for harmonizing on the dulcimer!  No need to learn the tune in advance.
You can hear Berrogüetto play this live. It comes in as an instrumental break at 0:52 and 1:50

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 Jan 13, 2016, 10:45 AM ]

Saturday, January 16 - Easton, MD, Ken & Brad perform at The Avalon Theater's Stolz Listening Room 7:30 pm, MORE INFO HERE

Saturday, February 20 - Baltimore, MD, Ken & Brad Trio at Germano's Piattini, Come for dinner, drinks at 6:00. Show-time at 7:30 pm, BUY TICKETS

Wednesday, March 16 - Baltimore, MD, Ken & Brad with Greg Adams, "Banjos in the Museum" for the National Council of Public History, Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, MORE INFO

Saturday, April 9 - Baltimore, MD, "Passing it Down" - Brad & Ken, Billy and Sean McComiskey, Lea and Jonathan Gilmore, The Creative Alliance at The Patterson, MORE INFO HERE

Saturday, April 23 - Harrisburg, PA, Ken & Brad trio perform for The Susquehanna Folk Music Society 7:30 pm, MORE INFO

 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 


Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival 2016

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

Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival3/11-13, 2016.

New Recording from Karen Ashbrook

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:52 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Dec 3, 2015, 8:16 AM ]

"Starry Starry- Celestial Music from the Heart". It's a Fantasia of American, Celtic, Asian and classical lullabies on solo hammered dulcimer. 

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

Receive notifications when new Posts are added

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

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News from Jody Marshall

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

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 pm and is held in the chapel at Trinity Methodist, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. All are welcome! 


Soldier's Joy: An American Classic

posted Jan 31, 2014, 3:14 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Library of Congress blog <>
> 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 . . .
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> This service is provided by the Library of Congress at<>

Automatic Dulcimer Music

posted Jul 16, 2012, 7:27 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 8:16 AM ]

Andrew Kleeger of the Hammerheads Dulcimer Players writes:

Re:  Automatic Dulcimer Music

The volume is a little iffy … you might need to turn it up …

Also, Maggie Sansone's little buddy,

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