The Common Ground on the Hill
Baltimore Concert Series
New Location! The Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Held Monthly November - April
Seating begins at 7:00 PM; NEW! Showtime 7:30 PM
*All tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at Will-Call the day of the show*
Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $22 Seniors 65+/Teens with appropriate ID; $10 Carroll County Public School Staff with CCPS ID.
(Please bring your printed receipt and ID with you to the concert)
Group Rate Tickets ONLY Available by calling Common Ground on the Hill at 410-857-2771.
Available to groups of 6 or more. MUST be purchased as a block. Tickets are non-refundable. Group rate applies to regular admission tickets only.
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October 6, 2017
American Folk Singer
Caroline Doctorow is a chart-topping Americana folk singer songwriter, with a stirring voice that recalls Judy Collins and Sandy Denny. Her style echoes the great '60s folk songwriters. In addition to eleven solo albums, she also released the first retrospective of the work of Richard and Mimi Fariña called Another Country which received critical acclaim. She is the daughter of world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow.
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November 3, 2017
Acoustic Blues Guitar Master
An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, Mary Flower relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad, ones that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many.
A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship (Top 3 both years, and the only woman), a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 Portland Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.
Flower’s 10 recordings, including her last four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records — Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges and Misery Loves Company — show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.
“A world class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player.” – Downbeat Magazine
“There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music…”
– Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Marries acoustic blues with touches of ragtime, folk, and jazz…the interplay is always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes breathtaking.”
– Living Blues
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December 1, 2017
Walt Michael & Co.
String Band Holiday Concert
Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and he has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Walt’s many collaborations include works with the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Walt is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College.
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February 2, 2018
Martin & Susanne
Folk Roots Masters
Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. As one reviewer says, “Martin and Susanne make beautiful music together.”
Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music. He started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Susanne is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene. A life-long singer, she slips seamlessly into any genre, making it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they embrace a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.
Martin and Susanne played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a rockin’ honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their performances have delighted audiences from Maine to Georgia. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.
“Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together. Martin is one of roots music’s best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt’s stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that’s all their own. If they come your way, don’t miss them.”
– Andy Wallace, former Program Director, National Folk Festival; Associate Director, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts; Program Coordinator, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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March 2, 2018
The Ronstadt Brothers Y Los Tucsonenses
Contemporary Southwestern Folk
Ronstadt Brothers Y Los Tucsonenses (formerly Ronstadt Generations), led by multi-instrumentalists Michael and Petie Ronstadt along with Alex Flores and Aaron Emery, present a new and fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican folk songs and offer innovative original material to millennials discovering the treasure of roots music. An aural illustration of inception to creation, this musical journey will take you from the past to the present steeped in the Americana vein, carrying forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda and their father Michael. Join the Ronstadt Brothers on their journey through the Post-Modern American West.
“As a DJ, it goes without saying that I get to hear a lot of different music. The more I think about it, the band is Americana. And possibly the best example of it I can think of: an all-encompassing, fearless, vast, ambitious interpretation of all the sounds we are, packaged into small, rich, textured snapshots we can listen to over and over again”. - Piper LeMoine KOOP-FM Austin, Texas
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April 6, 2018
Legendary Singer Songwriter
Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture, and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. That these fans still enjoy his music is a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like “The Last Thing On My Mind,” “Ramblin’ Boy,” “Bottle Of Wine,” “Whose Garden Was This?,” “Goin’ To The Zoo,” and “The Marvelous Toy.” Paxton’s song books, critically acclaimed children’s books (available from HarperCollins), award-winning children’s recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs (recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo to Johnny Cash), all serve to document Tom Paxton’s 45-year career. An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, he has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.” He is one of the great songwriters of the last century and will be reckoned as one of the greats in this century, as well.
Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for Comedians and Angels in 2007, and Live in the U.K. in 2006. He was also nominated for GRAMMYS in 2003 for his Appleseed Records CD, Looking For The Moon, and in 2002 for his children’s CD, Your Shoes, My Shoes. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London.
Tom Paxton’s place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians. An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, he has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. His generosity has taken the shape of a benefit concert performance for a little girl fighting leukemia, or a personal note of encouragement to an up-and-coming songwriter. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.”
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