Announcements and POSTS
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.
LOCATION: my house at 820 Dennis Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901
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.
and a very silly version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFG2aH15z_I
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:
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:
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.
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 (www.sandbridgedulcimer.com). 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):
LISTEN TO KEN, BRAD & ALEX playing THE CIRLCE/THE SWIFT HOUSE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdhTtmsaCU)
LISTEN TO KEN, ELKE BAKER & ROBIN BULLOCK: FORVANTAN/DER WINTER/QUEBECOIS MEDLEY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWj_Iz_cztw)
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);
Saturday, January 16 - Easton, MD, Ken & Brad perform
at The Avalon Theater's Stolz Listening Room 7:30 pm, MORE INFO HERE
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
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” https://www.facebook.com/groups/445722452176784/
More info HERE: http://www.kenkolodner.com/winter-solstice-concert.html
Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival, 3/11-13, 2016. http://upperpotomacmusic.info/dulcimerfest/index.html
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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!
Library of Congress blog <http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2014/01/soldiers-joy-an-american-classic/>
> 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 . . .
> This service is provided by the Library of Congress at www.LOC.gov<http://www.loc.gov>
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, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmjqAY3QewM