The Common Ground on the Hill
Baltimore Concert Series
Presented at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church
6200 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21212
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Held Monthly October - April
Seating begins at 7:30 PM; Showtime 8:00 PM
*All tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at Will-Call the day of the show*
Group Rate Tickets ONLY Available by calling Common Ground on the Hill at 410-857-2771 OR the Carrol Arts Center at 410-848-7272.
|Group Rate Tickets
available to groups of 6 or more
|MUST be purchased as a block. Tickets are non-refundable.
| Call the Common Ground or Arts Center numbers above to purchase.
Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $22 Seniors 65+/Teens
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The 2014 ~ 2015 Concert Series
Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
November 7, 2014
Hailed as "among the world's finest folk practitioners" (Toronto Star) and "the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio), Tim Eriksen has transformed American roots music with a sound which embraces shape note gospel, Southern Appalachian and Irish songs, and old New England murder ballads. He has collaborated on movie scores including the 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain, contributed to the 2010 Grammy-nominated world jazz album Across the Divide by Afro-Cuban artist Omar Sosa, performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in Evan Chambers' symphonic work "The Old Buying Ground", performed on "A Prairie Home Companion," the Academy Awards, and more. He is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, not to mention Jack White and Ralph Stanley! This young musician truly carries the traditions of roots music into the new age. More about Tim here.
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Scots-Appalachian Holiday Celebration!
Walt Michael & Co. with Pete Clark & Gregor Lowry
December 5, 2014
Hammered dulcimer virtuoso Walt Michael brings Southern Appalachian, Celtic, old-time music to life. His original compositions have been featured at the 13th Olympic Winter Gamers and in works by the Pilobulus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. He has performed at the White House, Kennedy and Lincoln Centers, as well on across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and Artist in Residence at McDaniel College, Walt continues to influence rising roots musicians in the traditions. This year, Walt is joined by special guests, renowned Scottish musicians fiddler Pete Clark and accordion player Gregor Lowry. Celebrated for their dance music, Clark and Lowry bring a Celtic sparkle to this concert that will certainly have the audience on their feet all night long!
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America's Premier Old-Time Fiddler
January 9, 2015
"Molsky is easily one of the nation's most talented fiddlers...the most rewarding thing about ... any of Molsky's solo work, is the way he transports you from one place to the next, throwing in surprises along the way—it's a bit of a road trip, geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally."
- Mike Mechanic, Mother Jones
One of America’s premier old-time fiddlers, Bruce Molsky transcends musical boundaries. His brand of “global folk” has led to stints with the GRAMMY-nominated Fiddlers 4 and the Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch musicians of the supergroup Mozaik. Molsky’s many cultural influences range from the music of Appalachia to Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence, to a traditional Métis fiddle tune learned from field recordings of the Ojibwe people in Western Manitoba, to a traditional 19th century Australian lament and beyond. One common element of these widespread musical cultures is the storytelling aspect of their folk music. Though he reveres his musical inspirations, Molsky is no recreationist. He blends myriad sounds and styles and puts his own spin on them, producing songs that are both old and new, traditional and fresh, and he makes it seem effortless.
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Special Offering: Fiddle Workshop with Bruce Molsky
January 10, 2015, from 1 - 4 PM
Fine-tune your fiddle skills in this 3-hour workshop with Bruce Molsky! This intensive, highly individualized workshop will expose students to techniques and repertoire from one of America's top old-time fiddlers!
Southwestern Folk Troubadour
Teodoro "Ted" Ramirez
February 6, 2015
Ted Ramirez is the premier Southwest folksinger/songwriter, committed to telling the powerful story of his homeland with original and traditional music and stories. He is the Official Troubadour of his hometown Tucson, Arizona and a recipient of the prestigious "Arizona Culture Keeper Award" and the Artist-In-Residence at the Tubac Presidio Park & Museum in Tubac, Arizona and the recipient of many culture preservation awards. He presents a mixture of Indigenous Mexican, European and American music styles framed with personal views into the people and places of the Southwest portion of the United States. He founded the celebrated folk group "The Santa Cruz River Band” a legendary Southwestern folk music band, but now records and performs as a solo concert artist. Ted popularized the term "Southwestern Folk Music" to describe a concert presentation of authentic storytelling and folk music having a foundation of classic Mexican styles, e.g. son, huapango and corrido, mixed with American cowboy era ballads and poetry. The music style is performed by both, solo performers and musical groups using traditional Mexican folk instruments, e.g., the guitar, jarana, accordion, vihuela, guitarron, requinto, flute, harmonica, Mexican harp and strings.
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National Classical AND Fingerstyle Guitar Champion
March 6, 2015
Only ONE person has ever won the world's top competitions in both "fingerstyle" and "classical" guitar, the 1998 National Fingerpicking Champion and the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition. Michael Chapdelaine has won top honors in five international guitar competitions, including First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. He studied with the great Andrés Segovia and has been Professor of Guitar at University of New Mexico since 1985.
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Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
April 10, 2015
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason won international acclaim after Ken Burns' The Civil War hit the airwaves. Their performance of Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell — the musical hallmark of the PBS series — left a lasting impression on everyone who tuned in. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. Jay & Molly appeal to all ages with timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and moving original works. Wit, warmth and consummate musicianship add up to an exciting evening that cheers the heart and feeds the soul.
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