A fiddle and hammered dulcimer player of 40+ years, Kolodner has toured extensively as a soloist and with Chris Norman & Robin Bullock in Helicon, Laura Risk in Greenfire, Scottish National Fiddle Champ Elke Baker and, for the last ten years, has had the great pleasure of performing with his son Brad in The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet with Rachel Eddy and Alex Lacquement. Ken and Brad are also well-known community builders. Among their many projects are The Baltimore Old-time Jam, various concert series, and The Baltimore Old-Time Music Festival. Among Ken’s credits are 20+ CDs, an Emmy nomination, an “Indie” winner, a #1 World Music Billboard title, and various books on Appalachian fiddling and the hammered dulcimer. In 2019, The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet won first place among 40 bands from around the globe in the neo-traditional contest at “Clifftop. For 18 years, Ken has held The Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat (known as “Sandbridge”) with assistant Mary Lynn Michal. The oceanfront retreat runs for six weeks typically attracting 150+ players. In 2020, Kolodner and Michal released The Complete Guide to Playing the Hammered Dulcimer. In 2022, Kolodner released two new CDs. Kolodner produced Out from the Shadows which features his arrangements for two hammered dulcimers with Mary Lynn Michal. Helicon and Friends: Live at the Winter Solstice Concert (2022) includes performances by Helicon, Charm City Junction, The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet with Rachel Eddy, and Elke Baker. Kolodner taught at Common Ground since the very first year. Kolodner has also taught/performed at Swannanoa, Augusta, Kentucky Music Week, The John Campbell Folk School, The Black Mountain Music Festival, Meadowlark and countless festivals.
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