Today, Live in Studio A, it's Helicon, the iconic Celtic-inspired trio of Robin Bullock (guitar, citern), Chris Norman (wooden flutes, penny whistle) and Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira). Tomorrow, the group reunites for their 33rd Annual Winter Solstice Reunion Concert at Goucher College, playing Scottish, Irish, Appalachian and other folk music. But today, in keeping with a Midday holiday tradition, Helicon is joined in our studio by members of the local old-timey music band, Charm City Junction, including Ken’s son Brad Kolodner (banjo, fiddle, vocals), Alex Lacquement (bass, vocals), Sean McComiskey (accordian), Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), with Rachel Eddy (guitar, fiddle and vocals). Join us for some great traditional, folk and blue-grass music, performed by some of the best musicians in the genres.
Helicon’s 33rd Annual Winter Solstice Concert at Goucher is on Saturday, December 15. The 3:30pm performance has already sold out; check here for ticket information for the 7:30pm performance.
Today's program was live-streamed in two parts on WYPR's Facebook page: in the first stream video, the Helicon/CCJ ensemble plays a favorite holiday medley: "Evening of Roses" (Israel)/"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"/"Christmas Eve" (Ireland), and Charm City Junction plays an Alex Lacquement tune called "Turkey Trot." In the second stream video, we hear the ensemble play "Richmond Blues" and "Possum on a Rail" (with Rachel Eddy leading on fiddle and vocals), a Danish tune called "The Rumbling Quadrille," Robin Bullock's "Storm Warning," CCJ's "Hop High," and finally, a traditional Canadian foot stomper, "Hangman's."