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It's been a different year and extra therapeutic music work and additional family needs have kept me from organizing my monthly HD group classes.
First, THIS MONTH!
March 20-22 in the Shepherdstown, WV
Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival
several levels of classes, great teachers (myself too this time!)
You can attend for just one day - Friday-, Sat, Sun and various other combos. Or just come out for the concert Saturday night. I hope to see some of you there!
After that I will resume my classes in my home in Silver Spring, MD.
Saturdays April 18 and May 9.
Topics TBA, although one of those will be a serious chord work out with the classic French cafe waltz "Sous le Ciel de Paris" (Under Paris Skies) on my new CD "KA/PO in Concert."
No group class in June. July and August we'll see if anyone is around!
So you will be hearing again from me with details for April and May classes.
On Sunday, April 12, my son Brad and I will join with Alex LacQuement and Genticorum in an intimate concert of old-time and Quebecois music at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Genticorum is a fantastic trio from Canada featuring fiddler Pascal Gemme, flutist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, and guitar Yann Falquet. These folks are among the best performers of traditional French-Canadian music. I had a chance to play with the group a few years back. We will no doubt play all together! Click HERE for tickets and more info
See Genticorum here Genticorum on youtube
See Genticorum with Ken, Laura Risk and Keiran Ken playing with Genticorum, Laura Risk, Keiran Jordan
$23 in advance ($1.00 service fee for credit cards); $25 at the door; $12 children under 13
Online at http://www.kenkolodner.com/genticorum
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/408857955958230/
On the phone via credit card, 410-746-8387
Or send a check to Ken Kolodner, 3806 Fenchurch Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218
Feb. 24 - March 31 Winter/Spring Classes
Annapolis, MD at Maryland Hall for the Creative
Hello dulcimer players,
I wanted to let you know about a couple of festivals and workshops that I am doing in the coming year. I am doing quite a bit less teaching festivals than usual but I hope to see you out there!
In April, I again will hold The Fourth Annual Watkins Glen Hammered Dulcimer Retreat geared to intermediate players (but all levels welcome). For the 11th year in late May, I return to Monee, IL for an all-day workshop for intermediate/advanced players. 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. I will be teaching/performing at The Gateway Dulcimer Festival in IL early August. And once again, I will hold my Sandbridge weeks. We had 54 players from 23 states (plus Canada and Russia) attend last year. The 11th Annual Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreats will run consecutively in late September and early October. Contact me now if you are interested – the weeks do fill up.
Here is my schedule of festivals – see www.kenkolodner.com for more concerts etc.
Fri-Sun, Apr 17-19, 2015: Watkins Glen, NY
The Fourth Annual Watkins Glen Hammered Dulcimer Retreat. An intensive weekend retreat for intermediate hammered dulcimer players; commute or stay at The Seneca Lodge Lake House, Watkins-Glen, NY. Limited to 16 players. Contact Ken directly for details or contact Kate at email@example.com and 607-546-6477 For more info, go to http://www.kenkolodner.com/watkins-glen-hammered-dulcimer-retreat.html
Sun, Jul 5 – 11, 2015: Westminster, MD
Teaching/performing hammered dulcimer and fiddle at Common Ground Festival on the Hill – class will be determined soon. My son Brad will be teaching banjo. Walt always puts together an amazing staff (e.g. Bruce Molsky, Guy Davis and many others will be coming this year)! We will be playing for the festival on the weekend (July 11-12) as well. http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/index.html
Aug 7-9, 2015: Belleville, IL
Contact: Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org
2015: Sandbridge, VA
Selected concert appearances:
Mar 27, 2015 Ironton, OH - Ken & Brad perform at Bowman Auditorium in Collins Center - 7:30 p.m.
Apr 11, 2015 Kennett Square, PA - Ken & Brad perform for the Hadley Memorial Fund - Details TBD
Apr 18, 2015 Watkins Glen, NY – Ken performs for The Schuyler County Concert Series
May 17, 2015 Fredericksburg, VA - Ken & Brad perform for the Marine Half Marathon - 9:00 a.m.
May 23, 2015 Monee, IL – Ken w Mark Grobner and Friends – house concert 7:00 p.m.
Jul 11, 2015 Westminster, MD – Ken and Brad at The Common Ground on the Hill Festival
Oct 11, 2015 Savannah, GA - Ken & Brad perform at the Savannah Folk Festival
Upper Potomac Music Weekends
Dear Students, Teachers and friends of the Upper Potomac Music Weekends!
Greetings! The Fiddle Retreat and Pipers Weekend information is complete, the websites will soon be updated and it's time to send off applications to get the early bird discount on tuition or to apply for a work or performance scholarship if you need one! The Fiddle Retreat site is complete, the Pipers website should be done by the end of the week. There are some staff changes from my last email, which I am very excited about.
I've attached the brochures of both weekends as PDF's to this email, so that you can see our offerings of classes and find out more about our staff, and have a printable application form to send in with your payment. We are also able to do a PayPal invoice, if you'd rather, to accept credit cards for your payment. Send me an email with your application information and I will send you a paypal invoice.
We have great programs in store for both weekends with a wide range of classes. Lots of opportunities for jamming, some opportunities for learning more about instrument maintenance and more are featured in both weekends.
I highly recommend making your hotel reservations ASAP. In order to get the discounted rate, you need to reserve at least a month in advance; but there is no penalty for cancelling your reservation, if you need to, if you do at least 72 hours in advance of the weekend. The Pipers Weekend coincides with an event at the University for their Jazz Band, and many rooms are already reserved at the Comfort Inn, but there is currently plenty of space at the Clarion, and it is only a few dollars more. If you are looking for a roommate to share a room, make your reservation, and let me know, and I will send out a "room sharing" list with the class notes the week before the program... in time for someone to cancel a room without penalty.
For your convenience, I have listed the staff for each weekend below, as well as information about the Shepherdstown Music and Dance Holiday concert, which may be of interest to some folks.
Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at one of these weekends this season. All great, with some of our best staff ever. Please join us!
SPRING MUSIC WEEKEND... HAMMERED DULCIMER AND FRENCH CANADIAN WEEKEND MARCH 20-22, 2015 (website)
Cindy Ribet has been singing and performing for most of her life and has over 25 years experience performing, recording, teaching, and composing for the hammered dulcimer. She also plays and teaches fiddle, recorder and guitar. She has recorded 6 CDs and has taught at the Swannanoah Gathering, John C. Campbell Folk School, the Augusta Heritage Festival, and the Cork Dulcimer Festival in Ireland. Her enthusiasm when she teaches and plays is evident and contagious.
Jody Marshall, a clear and insightful teacher, is known for her easy to understand and enjoyable style of instruction. Her lively and dynamic playing is featured on her latest recording on Maggie's Music, "Cottage in the Glen." She is also the author of a new book of holiday arrangements, Carol of the Bells: Seasonal Favorites for Hammered Dulcimer and Other Instruments. Jody performs in DC-based Celtic bands Connemara and Emerald Glen. Jody is the director of the Spring Dulcimer Week programs at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, WV.
Karen Ashbrook is the author of Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition and is a popular teacher and performer at dulcimer festivals around the country. Karen plays Celtic, Belgian and French music with her husband, Paul Oorts. With her delicate touch, trademark shimmering lilt, and ear for authentic ornamentation, Karen Ashbrook is considered one of the finest Irish hammered dulcimer players anywhere. Based in the Washington, DC area, Karen teaches and performs Celtic, contra dance, and Jewish music. She performs as a duo with her husband Paul Oorts, playing his native Belgian and French music and with the dance band, Cabaret Sauvignon. She has several recordings, solo, with her husband, and with the group Ceoltoiri, on the Maggie's Music label.
Mick Doherty has been performing music on the hammer dulcimer since 1979, busking on the streets of many US and European cities, and in concert halls and at dances. Based in Portland, Oregon, Doherty is a member of the Trail Band, and the Cascadia Folk Quartet as well as being a musician, composer, storyteller and voice actor, with the Oregon Shadow Theatre who have twice received the UNIMA-USA Citation, the highest award in American puppetry.
Paul Oorts a native of Belgium, is adept at musette accordion and almost everything with strings. His instrumental versatility and consummate knowledge of many different styles of music has made Paul the accompanist of choice for many hammered dulcimer players and dance bands. He plays English, Scottish, vintage and contra dance with Goldcrest, Gigmeisters, Cabaret Sauvignon and numerous DC area bands.
Le Bruit Court dans la Ville brings together three legendary musicians from the Quebecois folk scene. The cult trio is formed by Andre Marchand (guitar, vocals and feet), Normand Miron (accordion, harmonica and vocals) and Lisa Ornstein (violin). Lisa, Andre and Normand share a passion for music, drawing inspiration from the legacy left by musicians and singers from the past. In English, the bands name would be : The Buzz around Town. Born out of this exceptional meeting, marked by long-time bonds and friendships, is music that is full of nuance and energy, and deeply rooted in the tradition of its originators. Mesmerizing laments, lively call-and-response songs, and energetic traditional dance music from the Quebecois and Acadian repertoires are interpreted with passion, sensitivity and finesse.
All for now. Send those ideas, requests and look for our web pages to be updated in the next few weeks! And sign up early to save!
From: Karen Ashbrook <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM
Subject: Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland 2015!
To: Hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org, Karen Ashbrook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am organising another hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland with Jeanean Martin, June 11-20, 2015
We have an optional 3 days of siteseeing and painting in Doolin June 11-14 and then we'll go to Carna, County Galway on the Connemara Coast where we will have classes from June 14-20. (the classes are June 15-19). The hammered dulcimer class will of course be in Irish music! We'll be staying in the Carna Bay hotel, an elegant family run business with gourmet meals. There is a pub in the hotel plus a few more in town. Carna is the center of great sean nos singing, dancing and music in the Gaelic speaking part of Ireland.
Visit my website for more details at
or you can write me and I'll email you a flyer.
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> 01/16/2014 06:24 PM EST
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Ken Kolodner writes (5-27-2013):
For those in the Baltimore area, every other Tuesday, my son Brad and I have been leading an Old-Time jam at Liam Flynn's Ale House. The next Old-Time jam is this Tuesday, May 28 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
This jam is free and a great way to hear Old-Time music in the heart of Baltimore. We have had a super turnout so far, with up to 35 musicians playing and many more listening and enjoying the scene. If you play old-time music, come and join us to play some tunes. Or just come, relax, have a drink and listen!
Please invite friends and continue to spread the word. The next jams are 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20. I will miss 6/11 and 6/25 but should make the others. Put them on your calendar!
If you want to find out more about the jam on a regular basis, email Brad (email@example.com) to get on the email list. You may also want to join the Facebook group:
See you on Tuesday.
Ken and Brad