Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ken & Brad Kolodner, CD Release Tour, Concert & Workshops in the Triangle!

'twas the 15th of December
and in this and that house...
we're practicing for a concert,
me and Betsy Kraus

I can hear the groans! Sorry for the bad poetry... but we're looking forward to performing with the Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio on January 8. They're coming to Pittsboro as part of a CD release tour. There'll be an evening concert and afternoon workshops. Wishing you had more live music in your life? Here's your chance to start the new year right!

I know it's hard to look beyond the holidays. There will be so much happening between now and January. But NOW is exactly the right time to reserve your space. Here's all the info...

Baltimore’s nationally-acclaimed father-son Old-Time roots duo Ken & Brad Kolodner perform in Pittsboro, NC as part of a CD release tour celebrating their third recording, “The Swift House." Joining Ken and Brad to round out the trio is the incredibly versatile bassist Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons, The Ken & Brad Quartet, Charm City Junction). Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory.

Opening the show are local favorites Sue Wilson & Betsy Kraus. Music buddies since 1998, Sue & Betsy play an eclectic mix of acoustic, traditional dance music that will set your toes tapping. Drawing primarily from the rich traditions of Celtic and old-time music, Sue & Betsy pair two seldom seen instruments, the hammered dulcimer and the English concertina, to produce a lively and unique sound.

This intimate concert features a re-imagining of Old-Time, Celtic & World music.

Jam session to follow the concert!

CONCERT, featuring the Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio
w/Sue Wilson & Betsy Kraus

January 8, 2017 (Sunday)
7:00 - 9:00 pm

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
204 West Salisbury Street
Pittsboro, NC

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

There are no physical tickets. Once you pay, your name will be put on a "paid" guest list which will be at the door. Doors open at 6:15pm. First come, first seated.

Geared to advanced beginner / intermediate players, but all are welcome.

Hammered Dulcimer w/ Ken Kolodner
2:00 - 5:00pm
Pittsboro Community House
65 Thompson Street, Pittsboro, NC

Clawhammer Banjo w/ Brad Kolodner
2:00 - 4:00pm
Dr Wilson's Office
767 West Street, Pittsboro, NC

For info and to reserve space in the workshop / seats at the concert:
  • Contact Sue at (919) 542-5854 or
  • OR make checks to "Ken Kolodner" then mail to Sue Wilson, PO Box 940, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • OR for credit card reservations go to or contact Ken at (410) 746-8387
For more about Ken and Brad and their music, follow these links:

Listen to Ken and Brad here ... 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday's Muse

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkein

Friday, December 9, 2016

CTO ... Triangle HD Slow Jam

Check This Out ... The next meeting of the Triangle Hammered Dulcimer Slow Jam is scheduled for this Sunday, December 11, 2:00 - 4:00pm, at St. Giles, 5101 Oak Park Road, Raleigh.

All acoustic instruments welcome!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday's Muse

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.  ~ Martin Luther