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Helicon & Charm City Junction, Live in Studio A

Helicon and Charm City Junction bandmembers (l-r): Ken Kolodner, Alex Lacquement, Patrick McAvinue, Sean McComiskey, Rachel Eddy, Robin Bullock, and Chris Norman, with Midday host Tom Hall.
Credit photo by Rob Sivak/WYPR

Today, Helicon, the renowned traditional music trio, joins us live in Studio A.

Tomorrow, they continue a great Baltimore holiday tradition with their 34th annual Winter Solstice Concerts  at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium

Helicon will be joined on Saturday by Charm City Junction, the Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet, and other traditional music performers, as well as the North American Step Dance champion, Jonathan Srour.

Today, we’re sustaining a tradition of our own here on Midday. For many years, Helicon and the other band members have treated us to a preview of their Winter Solstice concert, right here in Studio A. 

Here's who's with us today:  Helicon’s Chris Norman plays wooden flutes and small bagpipes, and he sings; Robin Bullock plays guitar, cittern, and mandolin, and Ken Kolodner plays hammered dulcimer and fiddle.  Also here from Charm City Junction: Alex Lacquement, on upright bass and vocals; Sean McComiskey on the button accordion; and Patrick McAvinue, who was the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2017 Fiddler of the Year.  The great old-time fiddler and vocalist Rachel Eddy is also with us today.  Ken's son and CCJ bandmember Brad Kolodner was unable to join us today.  But they’ll all be performing at the two Winter Solstice concerts tomorrow, at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  The 3:30 performance is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 7:30pm concert. Click here for more information.  For directions to Goucher College, click here.

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Tom also takes a few moments today, as the year nears its close, to remember some important contributors to our local cultural and civic life, whom we lost in 2019.  

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We live-streamed our program today, and you can enjoy the video at WYPR's Facebook page.