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 Hilary 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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Santur in Concert - Roya World Ensemble

posted Jul 27, 2016, 2:40 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jul 27, 2016, 2:48 PM ]

ROYA World Ensemble
Poetic Blend of Persian, flamenco, and jazz!

(Roya Bahrami: Composer, Arranger, Santurs, Vocals)

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Monday, August 8, 2016 12-1:30PM
Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Washington, DC.

Maggie Sansone 2016 Schedule

posted Jul 15, 2016, 8:09 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Aug./Sep/Oct: The Maryland Renaissance Festival (Maggie will be performing 15 days, contact festival for Maggie's daily schedule and locations ( stage shows and roverdance-puppet show). 10-11-Morning Merrymaking and peasant dancing; noon-stage show; afternoon-Maggie and her Rover-dance-ing puppets! Aug, 27 & 28 ( kids weekend), Sept. 5 (Singles weekend), Sept. 10 &11 ( Celtic weekend), Sept. 17 ( 40th Anniversary Celebration); Sept.24 & 25 ( Pirates Weekend) , Oct.1 ( Shakespeare weekend), Oct. 8 & 9;Oct. 11 &,12,  Oct. 15, 22 & 23 . ( Maggie will not be performing at festival 4 days: Sept. 3, 4,  18, Oct. 2).

Sept 16 -thru- Dec-6! Tuesday night adult music celtic and holiday jam and classes. Fun! Two sessions, each are 6 weeks long. Join our Adult music jam sessions and hammered duclimer classes with Maggie Sansone. This Fall: Hammered dulcimer (intermediate) 6:30 and Celtic -holiday music jam (all levels and mixed instruments (7:30). Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.Annapolis, MD. Starts Sept. 13- Oct. 18 ( six weeks),and 2nd session starts Nov.1 to Dec 6 ( six weeks), 2016.


Nov. 20- Old Brogue presents Celtic Concert Series Featuring celtic quartet Maggie Sansone ( Hammered dulcimer), Sharon Knowles ( Celtic Harp), Laura Byrne (Irish flute & whistle) & Patrick Egan ( vocals & guitar). 2 sittings. (5pm and 7pm). The concert location is: The Old Brogue,(listening room and fine dining), 760C Walker Road, Great Falls, Virginia 22066. Phone: 703-759-3309.


Dec.1-Thursday, 8pm. Uptown Concerts presents a holiday Celtic Concert at Baldwins Station! Enjoy award winning musicians, music and song with Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer), Sharon Knowles ( Celtic Harp), Laura Byrne (Irish flute) & Patrick Egan ( vocals, guitar). Tickets & reservations: 410-795-1041, Tickets $22.00, . Baldwins Station,7618 Main Street, Sykesville, MD 21784. About:
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Dec.4: Christ Episcopal Church presents The 16th Annual Celtic Holiday Concert and holiday recording Cold Frosty Morn at West River), featuring Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag, Sharon Knowles & Patrick Egan.2 shows: 3.30 and 6.00 (one hour concerts each followed by reception). Contact for more info, directions/tickets: Address:220 Owensville Road West River MD 20778.,Phone: 410 867-0346; The Rev. Nick Szabato:;

Black Mountain Music Fest 2016

posted Jul 8, 2016, 9:20 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Hi Ellie - 

I got your email from the club list at  (If I worked Google Maps right, that's about a 7-hour drive from McLean - a bit of a hike, but worth it for almost a week of music:)

Our web site is at and there are details there about the classes and registration. The classes are about 2/3 mountain dulcimer, 1/3 hammered, with the occasional other instrument as well. The hammered dulcimer instructors are Rick Thum, Dan Landrum, Amber Rogers, and Joshua Messick.

I've attached a PDF file that's a mini-poster listing the teachers and more information. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Regards, Bill Wake    804-519-6799

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

Schedule for Martin Family Band

posted Mar 17, 2016, 1:43 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:54 PM ]

June 4th  - Washington Folk Festival -  Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date. 
July 9-10th  - Common Ground on the Hill Roots Festival - Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date 
September - OPEN -   Mount Vernon -  Colonial Market & Fair 17 & 18th 
December - Candlelight Mount Vernon 
21909 Ruby Drive, Boyds, MD 20841, (301) 540-2092

Jody Marshall

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

Maggie Sansone - Annapolis

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:49 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

Visit the website to browse all of the CDs
Order online or call her office at 410-867-0642
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

See 2016 Spring Classes offered at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts -

California Dreamin' Music & Painting!, August 7-15

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:40 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Plein Air Painter and hammered dulcimist, Jeanean Songco Martin and myself are again teaming up to run a week-long "Painting & Music Camp". Ireland was our destination in 2013 and 2015 (and again in 2017!) but this time we're headed west- "California Dreamin' and Old World Jam" in Pismo Beach, California, August 7-15.  We've brought Paul Oorts on board to teach a mixed instrument class, as well as my hammered dulcimer class, while the painters go out daily to various beautiful spots along the coast!  
The music classes will be working on the same fun bal folk repertoire (think French bourrees, mazurkas, polkas, Spanish Muiñeiras and more!) so we will have plenty of music to jam with when we're not in class, at the beach, hiking, sipping wine and resting!

Painters go here for details and check out Session II at:

Don't hesitate to contact me for more details.  Hope to see some of you in Pismo Beach!
Happy hammering, 
Karen Ashbrook

Traditions show - Mary Cliff

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:35 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

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. newsletter)

Kolodner Concerts & Schedule

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:36 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 9:28 PM ]

Wed, Jul 13 - Bethesda, MD, Charm City Junction + Ken & Brad Kolodner, Strathmore Summer Concert Series - 7:00 pm, MORE INFO HERE

Thu, Aug 18 - Reston, VA, Ken & Brad trio, Take a Break Concert Series - Concert & Square Dance - 7:00 p.m., MORE INFO HERE

Thu, Sep 8 - Gaithersburg, MD, Ken & Brad trio, Evenings in Olde Towne - 6:00 p.m., MORE INFO HERE

 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 


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