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Ken & Brad Kolodner's brand new CD of traditional and original Old-Time music is now available online. Click here to purchase a hard copy directly from Ken & Brad.

Skipping Rocks hit #4 on the Folk-DJ Radio Charts in November 2013!

Ken Kolodner: Skipping Rocks

"A flawless blending of traditional and original Appalachian Old-Time music that in its magical way offers something rather special."


"This is old time music played in the purest way: at home, with family, with heart, and with a creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation."

~Dulcimer Player News

Ken & Brad Kolodner performing "Otter Creek" at a recent show with Alex Lacquement in Baltimore.



Exciting news! Brad recently won the inaugural Banjo Hangout clawhammer banjo contest with his rendition of the traditional old-time tune "Boatman." Here is his entry:


Brad performing with legendary Vermont fiddler Pete Sutherland.



Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Ken & Brad's Backyard

5th Annual Backyard Concert featuring Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones - 7:30 p.m.

3806 Fenchurch Road
Baltimore Maryland 21218
Price: $20 adv, $22 door, 14 & under $1

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones will bring their own brand of southern old-time song-duets and fiddle/banjo/mando tunes from Galax, Virginia to Baltimore on Sunday August 24th. They will be sharing a concert with favorite local multi-instrumentalists Ken & Brad Kolodner and friends.

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

House of Musical Traditions

Intro to Banjo AND Int/Adv Banjo Workshops - Beginner - 7:00 OR Int/Adv - 8:15

7010 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park Maryland
Price: $100 for the 4-week course

Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch -- 7:00-8:00 pm In this introduction to the Clawhammer banjo style, the class will examine and practice the fundamentals of this very accessible, very fun, and increasingly popular style of banjo playing. No banjo playing experience is necessary; true beginners are welcome. Upon completion of the course, students will have a couple of tunes under their belt and an understanding of the basic techniques and skills needed to play Clawhammer banjo. Whether helping you experience the rich and vibrant heritage of Appalachian string band music, accompanying you in a song, or just giving voice to a tune in your heart, the banjo will be your lifelong friend!

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop: "Beyond the Bum-Ditty" -- 8:15-9:15 pm In this workshop, Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world, will explore the versatile nature of old-time banjo and go beyond the bum-ditty. All skill levels are welcome. Kolodner walks the line between the rhythmic and melodic styles of clawhammer banjo playing with an emphasis on pushing the boundaries of what is considered "traditional." Brad will teach a new tune each week as a vehicle for exploring a variety of techniques. Possible topics include drop-thumb, syncopations, bass-lines, chord substitutions, going up the neck, triplet pull-offs, fretting the fifth string, back-up pattern, singing while playing and achieving good tone. Regardless of your skill level, you will walk out the workshop with a handful of new tips and tricks to implement in your playing.

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at or 301-270-9090. Or you can download our registration form and either email, fax or mail back to us (contact info is on the form). If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, we recommend you call us at 301-270-9090 to register. (Register early -- workshops can often fill up!) We ask for payment information with your registration -- either a credit card number or check -- which is processed shortly before the workshop. This holds your space and helps us guarantee attendance to the instructor.

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Mountain Craft and Music Festival

Ken & Brad Kolodner in Concert

Martinsburg West Virginia
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