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 November - 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*
Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $22 Seniors 65+/Teens with appropriate 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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The 2015-2016 Concert Series in Baltimore
A Double Bill Evening of Spectacular Traditional Strings
Michael G. Ronstadt
Andrew Finn Magill and Joshua Dukes
November 4, 2016
Michael G. Ronstadt, son of Southwest musician Michael J. Ronstadt and nephew of singer Linda Ronstadt, is a true virtuoso. Performing on cello and guitar with vocals, Michael has already performed with luminaries including David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson and Craig Bickhardt.
Andrew Finn Magill is a rising of the fiddling world. Known for his Irish fiddling, Finn has branched out recently thanks to a Fulbright-Mtv U Scholarship, adding the Brazilian choro tradition to his repertoire. Most recently, Finn released two albums integrating Irish music with modern acoustic and jazz influences and featuring renowned Celtic musicians such as John Doyle and Paul McKenna. Finn will be accompanied by guitarist Joshua Dukes, an All Ireland champion accompanist and multi-instrumentalist whose talents embrace the ceili drums, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, and tin whistle. Josh has established a reputation for providing sensitive, tasteful support for traditional Irish music.
Don't miss an evening with these ascendant masters of traditional strings!
Watch Michael G. Ronstadt video HERE
Watch Finn Magill video HERE
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Walt Michael & Co.
Annual Holiday Concert
December 2, 2016
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. This year's concert Walt will feature a very special guest all the way from Scotland!
Watch video HERE!
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Rambline Tunes & Country Blues
Lynchpin of the Baltimore Folk Scene
Folk Roots from Georgia
February 3, 2017
The Baltimore Sun has called Caleb Stine the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.” Like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is. To date, Stine has released over ten albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, and traveled the country singing his songs. Filmmaker Michael Patrick O’Leary filmed the Stine’s album making process, from writing stages in Baltimore to recording at Verdant Studios in rural Vermont, with the resulting film It Would Not Let Me Be set to premiere at The American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.
Georgian Country blues/roots/folk guitarist Caleb Vaughn grew up listening to classic country artists such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Patsy Cline. He is known for his song interpretation and exacting guitar skills.
Watch Caleb Stine video HERE!
Watch Caleb Vaughn video HERE!
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Eric Byrd Trio
March 3, 2017
For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Collectively, they have played with jazz trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker, jazz guitarists Charlie Byrd and Mike Stern, jazz saxophonists Bob Berg, Buck Hill, David “Fathead” Newman, and Cecil Payne, jazz pianists George Colligan and Kenny Drew, Jr., gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams, Cuban American singer/songwriter Jon Secada, and many more.
Eric, Bhagwan, and Alphonso have been sponsored by the United States Embassy as Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors touring South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern & Western Europe, and the Middle East. The Trio has also delighted audiences across the globe at the historic Montreux Jazz Festival and in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dubai, Estonia, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Scotland, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Watch video HERE!
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West Virginia Old-Time Masters
Dave Bing & the High Ridge Ramblers
April 21, 2017
The High Ridge Ramblers are Dave Bing, Andrew Dunlap, and Mark Payne. With fiddle, banjo, and guitar, the trio plays West Virginia mountain music the way they feel it. These experienced West Virginia musicians formed the trio not long ago for fun and to enjoy their appreciation of the sound of the three instruments playing this kind of music. That includes twisty mountain tunes, early bluegrass, ballads, and old-time songs. And it has been said that they know their way around a hard-driving fiddle tune.
Watch video HERE
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