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4-H Center Benefit Concert: The Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio

"This father-son duo project is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." -- CD Hotlist

Baltimore’s nationally-acclaimed father-son Old-Time roots duo Ken and Brad Kolodner celebrate the release of their third recording (The Swift House) in a concert on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to benefit Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center programming including Washington County Junior Appalachian Musicians. Joining The Kolodners to round out the trio is the incredibly versatile bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices (The Bumper JacksonsThe Ken & Brad Quartet, Charm City Junction).The Baltimore-based dynamic trio weaves together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles, pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory music.

The concert will be at SWVA 4-H Center in Ratliff Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; ages 6-17 $10; and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the 4-H Center office or at the door. For more information, call (276) 676-6180 or email Washington County JAM students are also selling tickets to the concert. To connect with JAM and learn more about the program go to All proceeds will benefit SWVA 4-H Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

Ken Kolodner is widely known as one the finest hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. while his son Brad is one of the best clawhammer banjo players in the U.S. Together, Ken and Brad are major pillars of the Old-Time music community. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner (a founder of the world music trio Helicon) has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner (also Charm City Junction), a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation” (DPN). Concert appearances include The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, The Black Rock Center for the Arts (MD), The Birchmere (VA), The Creative Alliance, The Walnut Valley Festival (KS), The Peachem Festival (VT), The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (MD), The Champlain Valley Folk Festival (VT), Old Songs (NY), The Common Ground Festival (MD), The Strand (NY), Green Valley Fine Arts (AZ), The Mountain Arts Gathering (NY), as well as many tours throughout the U.S. For more information on the trio go

“Ken is regarded as one of the most accomplished hammered dulcimer players performing today. While not easy to describe, Otter Creek is all instrumental traditional Appalachian music with hammered dulcimer, fiddle and banjo. What makes this recording special is that Ken collaborates with his son Brad who plays the banjo and banjola. It is what folk music is all about in my opinion.” – Mark Pederson, WI radio DJ

"Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished hammered dulcimer players in the US, Ken Kolodner shines more than ever on Skipping Rocks. His gentle groove is the calm water over which Brad’s percussive banjo skips."  -- The Revivalist 

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