The Common Ground on the Hill
Baltimore Concert Series
Presented at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church
6200 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21212
Directions click here
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*
Series and 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.
|Baltimore Series Tickets
only available through 10/1!
|Group Rate Tickets
available to groups of 6 or more
|Series Regular Admission $150
|MUST be purchased as a block.
Tickets are non-refundable.
|Series Senior/Teen Admission $130
| Call the Common Ground or Arts Center numbers above 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)
~ Click here to view the Westminster Concert Series ~
The 2015-2016 Concert Series
Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
Leaders of the New Generation of Scottish/Celtic Folk
Paul McKenna Band
October 2, 2015
“The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” - New York Times
“The best band of their generation” - The Living Tradition
“A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” - Fatea Magazine
Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009″ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band has gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe. Combining their love for Folk and Traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes, The Paul McKenna Band from Scotland has captivated audiences.
In recent years, the band has performed at Celtic Connections Glasgow, The Cambridge Folk Festival England, Tonder Festival Denmark, Milwaukee Irish Festival USA and Edmonton Folk Festival Canada, as well as performing and teaching at Common Ground on the Hill's Traditions Weeks. The band has spent much of 2015 playing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, representing Scotland at Epcot Centre.
With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.
Return to top
Vocals & Instrumentals Par Excellence
Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein
November 6, 2015
"It’s the mark of master musicians that they can play and sing with power, strong intonation, and rock-solid timing, yet, if they choose, produce lovely and even gently beautiful music. Mandolinist/vocalist Jimmy Gaudreau and guitarist/vocalist Moondi Klein are masters, and their talents have yielded the lyrical and engaging new album Home From The Mills". - Richard D. Smith, Bluegrass Unlimited
Bluegrass stalwarts mandolinist Jimmy Gaudreau and guitarist Moondi Klein join forces to present an elegant and exhilarating blend of bluegrass, folk and jazz. Jimmy Gaudreau has performed with the musical greats including the Country Gentlemen, Emmylou Harris, the Tony Rice Unit, and Robin & Linda Williams, while Moondi Klein has been a member of the Seldom Scene. Together, Gaudreau and Klein founded the high-powered bluegrass band Chesapeake, with Seldom Scene members Mike Auldridge and T. Michael Coleman. Now performing as a duo, Gaudreau and Klein continue to deliver the tight harmonies, “hot” instrumental arrangements and heart-felt lyrics that have earned them international acclaim.
Return to top
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!
Return to top
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.
Return to top
Acoustic Blues Master
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).
Return to top
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.
Return to top
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.
Return to top
Click here to view the Westminster Concert Series