The Westminster Concert Series 


Held Monthly at the Carroll Arts Center
91 West Main Street   Westminster, MD 21157

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Seating 7:30 PM; Showtime 8:00 PM

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February 4, 2017:
Charm City Junction

March 4, 2017:
Molsky's Mountain Drifters
April1, 2017:
Phil Wiggins/Eleanor Ellis

 

SPECIAL CONCERT EVENT:
Saturday, March 18, 2017: The Kruger Brothers

at WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College    map

 

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Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $22 Seniors 65+/Teens

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IBMA Band Momentum Award Nominee!

Charm City Junction

February  4, 2017

2016 Nominees: International Bluegrass Music Association Band Momentum Award AND 2016 Industry Involvement Momentum Award WINNER Brad Kolodner!

Drawing from bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic musical backgrounds, the four members of Charm City Junction have found a common ground on which to develop their unique approach. Since releasing their highly anticipated debut album on Patuxent Music in the fall of 2015, Charm City Junction has performed at Grey Fox, The Kennedy Center, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, Strathmore Hall and they were an Official Showcase Band at the 2015 IBMA Convention. Charm City Junction is bluegrass fiddler Patrick McAvinue, clawhammer banjo player Brad Kolodner, Irish button accordion player Sean McComiskey, and bassist Alex Lacquement.

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Brad Kolodner at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards ceremony

 

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Old-Time Masters

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

March 4, 2017

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Clawhammer banjo player Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. This is an old-time band exploring fresh approaches. Welcome to the journey!

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Join the Old-Time Workshop
with Bruce Molsky & Molsky's Mountain Drifters!

Saturday, March 4 from 1 - 3 PM
at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Participants will have the opportunity to play with America's premier old-time fiddler, Bruce Molsky, as well as clawhammer banjo player Allison de Groot and guitarist Stash Wyslouch. Participants will be divided into small groups to learn some tunes, and then join back together to play as a group.

Information & Registration HERE

 

 

SPECIAL CONCERT EVENT

Acoustic Bluegrass/Americana Masters

The Kruger Brothers

Saturday, March 18, 2017

at WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College
Hersh Avenue and W. Main Street
Westminster, MD  21157     map

Jens Kruger: Nominee for 2016 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year

In an ever-expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. The result is a catalog of songs and music distinguished by its rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has become a hallmark of the trio’s work. Another is the banjo playing and composition of Jens Kruger. Happy Traum has described Kruger as “one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Steve Martin has described Jens Kruger as “one of the great technicians” of bluegrass as well as “a very expressive player.” Kruger plays in a melodic style that, while it may stem from the three-finger bluegrass style popularized by Snuffy Jenkins and Earl Scruggs, is also differentiated by long melodic passages and a more complex compositional foundation, often building on jazz or classical themes and techniques. 

In recognition of his style and skill, Jens Kruger is an inductee to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame (2011) and is the fourth recipient of the coveted Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass (2013). He has also been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year (2016). Most recently their music has ventured further into the themes and forms of classical music, most obviously in their 2011 release, Appalachian Concerto and the 2015 release Lucid Dreamer. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers continue to provide a unique voice in the world of folk, Americana and classical music.

Watch "Orange Blossom Special" video HERE!

Watch "Appalachian Concerto" video HERE!

Watch Jens Kruger "Bach Cello Suite No. 1" HERE

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Acoustic Blues

Phil Wiggins & Eleanor Ellis

April 1, 2017

DC native Phil Wiggins is one of America’s foremost blues harmonica players. With over 3 decades as half of the acclaimed Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, Wiggins cemented his place in music history. He has contributed music and appeared in films including Matewan and Blues Houseparty, performed in the play Polk County (winner of the Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical), served as musical director for theatrical productions, and taught. Wiggins continues to collaborate with musicians including Corey Harris, The Chesapeake Sheiks, Nat Reese, and many others.

Singer/guitarist Eleanor Ellis began her musical career in bluegrass and folk music, before transitioning to Piedmont blues. She has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell. One of the most significant women in the acoustic country and Piedmont blues genre, she is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, has written about the blues for several publications, and is producer and editor of the video documentary Blues Houseparty. She has numerous recordings, and has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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