featuring Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock & Chris Norman, Charm City Junction, Rachel Eddy, Jonathan Srour
DOOR TIME 6:45PM, PERFORMANCE STARTS AT 7:30PM
Adult $30.00 + $3.22 Service fee
Kids 13 and under $23.00 + $2.83 Service fee
The 33rd Annual Winter Solstice Reunion Concert reunites three world class musicians Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle), Robin Bullock (piano, guitar, cittern, mandolin) and Chris Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano) of Helicon for their annual holiday celebration. On December 15, 2018, Helicon will perform two shows, at 3:30 and at 7:30, bringing to life seasonal Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Appalachian, Bluegrass and other world music. This year's venue provides an intimate setting at Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson MD 21204.
Joining Helicon once again will be the astounding North American Step-dance Champion Jonathan Srour (who grew up attending the concerts) and two additional bands: The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet and Charm City Junction! Ken has performed with his son Brad for the last seven years along with bandmates Alex Lacquement and Rachel Eddy as a quartet, releasing Swift House in 2017. Charm City Junction features Ken's son, Brad Kolodner, Patrick McAvinue, Sean McComiskey and Alex Lacquement. The band celebrates the release of their second CD - Duckpin which recently hit #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts.
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, recording over 50 recordings. 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 NC but was originally from the DC area.
Helicon started life combining the backgrounds of three related but distinctively different traditions of music (Bluegrass, Irish and old-time). Helicon eventually became part of the world music scene but continued to perform those three genres in a very progressive style. The band never sought out to be musical preservationists but rather experiment with expanding the ever evolving traditions. The members of Charm City Junction are also among the finest performers of Bluegrass, Irish and old-time styles. Charm City Junction features Irish button accordionist Sean McComiskey, 2017 IBMA Fiddler of the Year Patrick Mcavinue, everyone's favorite bassist Alex Lacquement and Brad Kolodner. While their sound is vastly different from Helicon, it is only fitting to have them as Helicon's guests.
Rounding out the show is The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet which presents old-time music in a completely new way. Brad Kolodner has established himself as one of the finest banjo players in the U.S. and a force in the traditional music scene as a musician (performing with Charm City Junction and The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet), radio DJ and concert/festival promoter, winning the prestigious IBMA Momentum Award in 2016. Joining for her second year is the amazingly versatile Rachel Eddy (The Early Mays, The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet). A West Virginia native, Eddy grew up learning old-time music and is one of the best purveyors of the style performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals. Rachel performs regularly with Ken and Brad and Alex and recorded on their last CD The Swift House. A new recording is planned for 2019.
And wait for it!! You never know when the man in the red pants (Jonathan Srour) will leap across the stage!!
Helicon's 33rd Annual Winter Solstice Concert (late show 7:30pm, doors open at 6:45pm)Saturday, December 15, 2018