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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Dulcimer U (new learning opportunity in July)

posted May 1, 2017, 8:00 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 6:39 PM ]

Greetings, Dulcimer Friends!

I wanted to let you know about an exciting new dulcimer learning
opportunity that I’ll be involved with this summer. It’s called Dulcimer U (as
in University), and it will be held Friday, July 28 – Monday, July 31 on the
campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

Dulcimer U has been around for a while, but it has always focused on
mountain dulcimer. They just recently added hammered dulcimer classes to
see if they can attract enough participants. Hammered dulcimer festivals and
workshops have dwindled in the last several years, so it’s refreshing to see a
possible new venue opening up!

I’ll be teaching classes at the intermediate and advanced levels. Phyllis
Woods Brown and Jim Miller will also be teaching. There will be a concert on
Saturday night, and general fun and festivity all around!

If you sign up, drop me a line to let me know that you’ll be coming. I’ll look
forward to the possibility of making music with you at Dulcimer U this

Jody Marshall

Maggie's Classes at Maryland Hall

posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:12 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 10:24 AM ]

April 4  Maggie's Classes at Maryland Hall Start Tuesday nights: *NEW! 6:15pm: Celtic Drum Rhythms for bodhran, djembe or dombek;
7pm: Celtic Slow Jam (all instruments welcome!)
For questions about the classes, email instructor at

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 Mar 29, 2017, 1:47 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 information:


Ken's full schedule

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

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)

Receive notifications when new Posts are added

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

You will need an RSS feed reader to receive them when you subscribe to Posts (see above).  Insert this URL in your reader:  This will enable you to keep current on concerts and classes offered by your favorite local HD players as I post the notices they send to me.  Ellie

News from Jody Marshall

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 10:28 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 5:00 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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