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

    Pete Clark & Gregor Lowrey
with Walt Michael & Co.
Magpie Scott Ainslie Blind Boy Paxton Bob Lucas

*All tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at Will-Call the day of the show*


Ticket Specials
Series and Group Rate Tickets ONLY Available by calling Common Ground on the Hill at 410-857-2771.

Baltimore Series Tickets 
only available through 10/1!
Group Rate Tickets
available to groups of 6 or more
Series Regular Admission $150 
(Regularly $175)
MUST be purchased as a block.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Series Senior/Teen Admission $130 
(Regularly $140)
Group rate applies to regular admission tickets only.
 Call the Common Ground on the Hill office to purchase.


Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $20 Seniors 65+/Teens with appropriate ID

(Please bring your printed receipt and ID with you to the concert)

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The 2015-2016 Concert Series

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD


Scottish - Appalachian Holidays
Pete Clark & Gregor Lowrey
with Walt Michael & Co.

December 4, 2015

Scottish musicians Pete Clark and Gregor Lowrey cross the pond to join forces with Walt Michael & Co. in this special holiday event! Fiddler Pete Clark has performed and recorded with many notable musicians including Dougie MacLean, Rod Paterson, John Watt, Tich Frier, Jim Malcolm and the rock band Nazareth. Accordion player Gregor Lowrey has worked with many bands including: Blackeyed Biddy, Cantychiels, Clan Terra, Ceilidh Minogue and Rusty Nail. He played with the Scottish Show Shehallion that opened the new Clyde Auditorium and has toured all over from Azerbaijan to Ecclefechan. Famed for their dance music in Scotland and the UK, Pete Clark and Gregor Lowrey add the sparkle and toe-tapping rhythms of their native land to the Southern Appalachian, bluegrass, and original music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Walt Michael & Co.. A great way to launch the holiday season!

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Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Pete Clark

Limited space ~ sign up now!

This is a rare opportunity to spend quality time with one of Scotland’s foremost fiddlers.

Born and raised in the county of Fife, Pete Clark now lives in the highlands of Perthshire, Scotland.  He retired this year from his teaching post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, but continues to teach and perform far and wide.  He is currently touring in the U.S. with his friend and accordion maestro Gregor Lowrey.

Pete encourages participants in his workshops to be proactive, and is always ready to focus on areas of repertoire or technique requested.  His workshops are most definitely not about just learning tunes!  Players at all levels of ability are welcome.

For more information on Pete, please visit his web site:

Participants are responsible for bringing their own instrument and accessories. Students are encouraged to bring a snack and drink; a short break will occur at about 11:30 AM.

Workshop Date: Saturday, December 5

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM
Location: Common Ground on the Hill Office, 2 College Hill, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD  21157 

Campus Map   The Common Ground on the Hill office is located in the basement level of Hill Hall, Building #17 on the middle of the campus map.

Playing level: All Levels
Maximum Attendees: 10

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Award Winning Folk

January 8, 2016

With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

With a career that spans four decades, Magpie has won three Washington Area Music Association “WAMMIE” AWARDS in 1998, 2000, and 2001 for BEST TRADITIONAL FOLK DUO. In 2004 the World Folk Music Association presented them with the John Denver Memorial Award for music and environmental activism. Their play and song cycle SWORD OF THE SPIRIT has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and performed in many places around the country after it’s debut at HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL PARK for their JOHN BROWN 2000 commemoration. Their song Take Me Back to Harpers Ferry, received the 1999 ADDY AWARD for best song of the year. Their other play, a musical entitled TALES OF THE BLUE CRAB, has been featured at the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION at Smithsonian’s DISCOVERY THEATRE and as part of their Festival of American Folk Life.

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Acoustic Blues Master
Scott Ainslie

February 5, 2016

"Scott is the kind of musician they don’t make any more, in the mold of the late Pete Seeger – unpretentious, dead serious about his craft, dedicated to preserving traditional American music and instruments … and so versatile he can make you weep one moment over the story of a dying steel town (“all these houses for sale, and ain’t none of them sold”) and snicker appreciatively the next at a driving Mississippi blues song full of earthy innuendo." - Washington Post

Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Scott Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA, a federal agency in Washington DC) and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council. In 2000, Ainslie was also presented with an Indie (the Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award, Durham, NC), with the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award, and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts” (from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC).

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** Special Guitar Workshop with Acoustic Blues Master
Scott Ainslie

Saturday, February 6, 2016
10 AM - 1 PM
$60 per person

Limited space ~ sign up now!

at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
specific room location to be announced

Known for his  performance of Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as his biography and transcriptions of Delta blues legend Robert  Johnson, Scott Ainslie is a celebrated standard bearer for the traditions of blues music. He has received awards including an Indie (the Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award, Durham, NC), the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award, and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts” (from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC). Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from this master musician in an intimate, information-packed workshop.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own guitar and accessories (e.g., capo and slide). Students are encouraged to bring a snack and drink; a short break will occur at about 11:30 AM.

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Vintage Blues Sensation
Blind Boy Paxton

March 4, 2016

"[Blind Boy Paxton] brings a joie de vivre to his performances that is sure to infect any listener. Not just lovers of 'old timey' stuff" Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna

When Paxton sits down to a piano, the spirit of Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Willie “The Lion” Smith springs forth in a cascade of notes raining from the soundboard. When he picks up the guitar, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake are suddenly freed from the crackling Paramount shellac grooves that have imprisoned them for over 80 years. And when Paxton takes up the five-string banjo, the corn liquor-fueled manic urgency of Uncle Dave Macon careens around the room in a dizzying frenzy of old time delight.

After having discovered the origins of American vernacular music at such an early age, Paxton seems hell-bent on encompassing the entirety of the tradition on multiple instruments with the slightly rough-around-the-edges impatience of youth. While his vocal approach is decidedly laid back and understated, his musicianship is marked by urgency and enthusiasm.

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Americana Singer-Songwriter
Bob Lucas

April 1, 2016

Bob Lucas is a glory shouting, sweet singing, banjo picking, guitar thumping, old time fiddling, song writing rounder with a desire to share a sense of musical wonder anyway he can. The Dancer Inside of You, Bob's 1972 release, received a  4-star rating from Downbeat Magazine. Two songs off Dancer were picked up and recorded by the legendary Newgrass Revival, who went on to recorded many of his songs in years that followed. In 1977, Bob co-founded the culture-morphing band Eclectricity, one of the first bands to bring 'gypsy' and 'klezmer' music to a North American folk-music audience. Eclectricity found a fan in, and often toured with, actor/singer Theodore Bikel.

In 1986 Bob began working for Mad River Theater Works writing songs and making plays for what has become an ever-growing audience. Songs from this period of Bob's writing were recorded by the blissfully talented Alison Krauss on her 1996 Grammy Award winning album, So Long So Wrong, and again on her 2001 release, New Favorite. In addition to the countless recordings he has made with Mad River Theater Works in the past two decades, he has recorded two albums, Rushsylvania and Kin.  And, Bob is excited to announce that work is complete on his new album, Banjo For Lovers.  

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