Helicon's 30th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
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The Baltimore-based trio, Helicon (with Chris Norman, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock) with special guests Charm City Junction. Internationally renowned traditional folk musicians--Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira); Chris Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano); and Robin Bullock (guitar, cittern, mandolin, piano)—play a unique blend of seasonal music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Far East--a great way for families to kick off the holiday season with an extremely energetic performance. Kolodner’s son, Brad Kolodner, will join the fun as a guest on clawhammer banjo, fiddle and vocals (a recent winner of a national banjo contest, Strathmore Hall Artist in Residence, WAMU DJ) along with his fantastic acoustic roots music band, Charm City Junction. Charm City Junction blends Irish music, Bluegrass and “old-time” with the talents of Bluegrass fiddler Patrick McAvinue, button accordionist Sean McComisky (son of Irish music legend Billy McComiskey) and bassist Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons). Returning once again to join the part are North American Irish step-dance champion Jonathan Srour (NYC) and Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker (Baltimore). Helicon toured widely throughout North American and Europe for many years. The members ceased touring in 1998 to pursue solo careers. They are internationally recognized as among the finest practitioners of their respective instruments. Together, they have over 50 recordings among them with sales over 500,000. Together, the members of Helicon continue to work their magic year after year. The trio has Baltimore roots: Kolodner was born here and still resides in Baltimore, Norman lived in Baltimore since age 11 and now has returned to his native Nova Scotia; and Bullock now lives in France but was originally from the DC area. “…marvelous…delightful…”-- The Washington Post “…a best bet…”—USA Today “…beautiful musicianship." The Albuquerque Alibi “…Quite wonderful! They respect the music they play, they play with spirit and sparkle, and they obviously love what they do. So do I. So will you.” Stereo Review “All three of these guys rank at or near the very top of their profession. The musicianship is uniformly outstanding” (Dulcimer Player News) “Virtuosic!” H & B Recordings Direct “…outstanding!”-- The New York Times “Most impressive!” -- Baltimore Messenger