Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday's Muse

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. 
~ Tennessee Williams

Friday, July 28, 2017

CTO ... Pittsboro Papparazzi

Check This Out ... Sue Wilson and Betsy Kraus were caught in the act yesterday while practicing for Saturday's concert. **

The whole point was to put ourselves in a public place and see what happened. We played outside the free Community Lunch, sponsored every Thursday by St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. There was a large crowd enjoying the delicious meal, and many were pleasantly surprised to hear our music as they left. As predicted, there were all kinds of distractions. Sort of like playing a video game ... obstacles come out of nowhere and you must keep going.

The curious kids were the best. "What is THAT?" You have to admit, the hammered dulcimer and the concertina are not very commonly encountered instruments. A couple of kids approached. One declared, "We like your music," and handed Betsy 75 cents! She's going to split it with me as soon as she gets change.

We were playing along and a woman stopped and asked if she could record us for the Chatham Magazine facebook page. Oooohhh ... local papparazzi! How could we say no?

Here's her video. Check it out ...


** Sue and Betsy are the warm-up band for the Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio, performing at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, July 29, 7:00pm. See concert details on the Trapezoids of the Triangle 'Schedule of Events' page at ...

This video is just a tiny sample of the type of music you will hear. There will be fiddles, banjos, guitar, hammered mbira, vocals ...

Check out these links for a sample of what Ken and Brad have to offer!

Hop High
Fiddle Sticks Set
Swift House

Monday, July 24, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

CTO ... One week out! The Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio in Pittsboro, NC

Check This Out ... Saturday, July 29, Ken Kolodner and son, Brad, will be in Pittsboro offering hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo workshops in the afternoon and performing in concert that evening. There's still time to reserve your space and get the "advance" ticket price. Check it out!

The Workshops
July 29, Saturday
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

The Concert
July 29, Saturday, 7:00pm, doors open at 6:15pm
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
204 W Salisbury Street, Pittsboro
Featuring the Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio
w/ Sue Wilson & Betsy Kraus
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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 the release of their third recording, “The Swift House.” Joining Ken and Brad to round out the trio is guitarist / vocalist Luke Chohany. 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!

For info and to reserve space:
Contact Sue Wilson at (919) 542-5854 or
Or Ken at (410) 746-8387

Or go directly to to make reservations on-line via credit card

There are no physical tickets! Once you pay, your name goes on a list which will be at the door. When you arrive at the door, state your name and you're in! Doors open at 6:15pm. See you there!

Find out more about the musicians at these websites:

Listen to Ken and Brad here:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday's Muse

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.  ~ John Lubbock

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday's Muse

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.  ~ Michael Korda

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday's Muse

Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics, or the expressions of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same."  ~ John Denver