Charm City Junction + ken & Brad Quartet
Thanksgiving Concert Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Baltimore MD
Baltimore’s nationally-acclaimed father-son Old-Time roots duo Ken & Brad Kolodner once again join forces in their 4th annual post-Thanksgiving concert with Charm City Junction. Joining Ken and Brad to round out the quartet is the incredibly versatile bassist Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons, The Ken & Brad Quartet, Charm City Junction) and the Old-Time superstar fiddler-vocalist Rachel Eddy (The Early Mays, Uncle Earl). This intimate post-Thanksgiving concert features a reimagining of Old-Time, Bluegrass and Irish music at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Charm City Junction is a fantastic acoustic roots music band that has rapidly garnered national attention with their inspired performances and debut album released on Patuxent Music in 2015. The group features Brad Kolodner on banjo, renowned Bluegrass fiddler Nate Grower, button accordion master Sean McComiskey and Alex Lacquement on bass. The bands will unite for a big jam and not-to-be-missed collaboration!
Ken & Brad Quartet on youtube
Friday, November 24 at 7:00 pm
The Stony Run Friends Meeting House
5116 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21210
$27 door; $25 advance (+ $1.50 service fee); $13 kids under 13 (+$1.50 service fee)
Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet
The dynamic father-son duo 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. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, 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. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” In concert, they regularly perform as a trio with bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices. They also perform on occasion with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.
Ken’s musical journey began in the 1980’s when he taught himself to play the fiddle. The hammered dulcimer followed shortly thereafter. He is a founding member of the world folk music trio Helicon with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock. Born in 1990, Brad grew up around his father’s music. It was only a matter of time before he picked up an instrument. In the summer of 2007, Brad took an introductory banjo class at a music camp in Maine. He was instantly hooked. Ken & Brad initially expected they would focus primarily on the fiddle and banjo combination, the classic pairing in Old-Time music. They experimented with the hammered dulcimer and banjo pairing and recognized they were on the edge of a musical breakthrough. Ken & Brad are locked in from the second the mallet hits and the nail strikes the strings. They have a creative bond and danceable groove that is unmistakable.
“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
"Ken Kolodner is a world class multi- instrumentalist...Otter Creek is a joyous recording featuring two fine musicians who playing excellently. There must be something special to that father-son thing.” -- Sing Out!
“Father and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes achieve.” --The Old Time Herald
Charm City Junction
From dance inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition.
Formed in 2014, Charm City Junction has taken the acoustic music scene by storm performing around the country gaining high praise along the way for their high-energy, captivating and dynamic performances. Patrick McAvinue, one of the most in-demand and highly respected bluegrass fiddlers in the country, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, an incredibly talented Irish button accordion player, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful playing. The versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices. Drawing from separate musical backgrounds, the four members have found a common ground on which to develop their unique approach. Since releasing their highly anticipated debut album on Patuxent Music in the fall of 2015, Charm City Junction has performed at Grey Fox, The Kennedy Center, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, Strathmore Hall and they were an Official Showcase Band at the 2015 IBMA Convention.
“Together they create an energetic amalgam that demonstrates their pure love of all these venerable musical idioms, but with a twist likely to satisfy anyone who appreciates traditional string music, expertly played.” – Bluegrass Today
“This quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition." - Washington Post
Charm City Junction on YouTube:
Frog on a Lily Pad - Charm City Junction
Joe Bane's - Charm City Junction
Last Chance - Charm City Junction