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Ken and Brad Kolodner


Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm

The father-son duo of Ken and Brad Kolodner push the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes. Ken is regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the U.S., while his son  Brad is a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together they perform tight arrangements of original and traditional old-time music that appeals to every generation.

The duo's first recording, Otter Creek, became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts, featuring Brad's first original composition, the title track. Brad has since rapidly gained national recognition for his delicate touch and writing. Their latest project, Skipping Rocks, “is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)" (Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist). Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk-DJ Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Music Charts.

Ken Kolodner, playing the hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira and fiddle, was a featured soloist in an Emmy-nominated CBS-TV Christmas special, has over a dozen recordings with sales well over 150,000, has a #1 World Music title (Walking Stones) and bestseller for BMG (with over 55,000 copies sold), and has produced numerous instructional books and recordings. Ken toured with the world music trio Helicon for over a decade and then as a soloist. He was the first and remains the only U.S. player to be invited to play at the I nternational Hackbrett Festival in Germany along with the world's best players.

Brad, performing banjo, fiddle, gourd banjo, banjola and vocals, didn't start playing banjo until age 17, but after just two years, he won the 2010 Takoma Park Old-Time Banjo festival winning a Kevin Enoch banjo and a performance spot at The Birchmere, sharing the stage with banjo legends Tony Trischka, Adam Hurt, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, among others. In 2012, Brad won first place in Old-Time Banjo at the prestigious Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. Most recently, he won the inaugural Banjo Hangout National Clawhammer Banjo contest where his version of “Boatman” was the highest rated submission out of all 69 entrants.

Concert appearances for the duo include The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, The Creative Alliance, three appearances at Helicon's Winter Solstice concerts with Robin Bullock and Chris Norman, several appearances on the legendary “Bound for Glory” radio show in Ithaca, NY (the longest running live concert-radio broadcast in the United States), The Common Ground Festival in MD, The Mountain Arts Gathering in NY, The Folk Society of Greater Washington, The Baltimore Banjo Showcase as well as numerous other live radio broadcasts, concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont to Wisconsin.

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. View the dinner menu. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.


Phone: 802-247-4295