A Baltimore tradition for 35 years, Helicon returns this December 19th for a streamed performance plus extra special bonus features only made possible by through new virtual technology. Enjoy the show, join in a live chat, get insight into the last 35 years of seasonal folk music. Filmed in HD with impeccable sound and lighting.
Access for this event is good only for the time of the stream (7:30pm est) and will include a robust chat with special guests. Can't make this debut? We will be creating a separate link in the coming weeks that will allow you to purchase access to an encore rebroadcast.
The program is featuring the Baltimore-based trio, Helicon (with Chris Norman, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock) with special guests Charm City Junction and The Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio. 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 original, seasonal and traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Far East--a great way for families to celebrate the holiday season with an extremely energetic and varied performance. Kolodner’s son, Brad Kolodner, will join the fun as a guest on clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and vocals (a frequent winner/finalist of national banjo contests, former Strathmore Hall Artist in Residence, WAMU DJ, 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award Winner; Charm City Junction, The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet). Joining Ken and Brad is the mid-Atlantic’s go-to bassist, Alex Lacquement (The Bumper Jacksons. Charm City Junction). Ken & Brad Kolodner celebrate ten years of performing together and celebrate the release of their 4th CD Stony Run which hit #4 on The Billboard Bluegrass Charts.
Charm City Junction features button accordionist Sean McComisky (son of Irish music legend Billy McComiskey), fiddler Patrick McAvinue (The 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Fiddler of the Year, Country Current), Brad Kolodner, and Alex Lacquement. Charm City Junction’s last release Duckpin hit #3 on The Billboard Bluegrass Charts.
Returning once again to light up the stage is the man in the red pants, the electric North American Irish step-dance champion Jonathan Srour. Helicon is excited to welcome back to the stage the Baltimore-based Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker. Baker & Ken Kolodner have been longtime collaborators and have just released a seasonal recording On a Cold Winter’s Day.
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.
“…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
About Your Virtual Ticket:
All ticket levels will receive a confirmation email with an access link to view this performance live. Access is available for one device at a time and cannot be shared. Access is through the provided link and not available via other platforms (Facebook, Youtube, etc). All price levels will receive the same viewing experience. Tickets revenue is split between artists and Creative Alliance. If you have the means, the Supporter level ticket ensures additional artist and organizational support.