Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle)
Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo, banjola, gourd banjo, fiddle, vocals)
with Alex Lacquement (bass), Robin Bullock (guitar, mandolin), Elke Baker (viola, fiddle), Kagey Parrish (vocals)
“Father and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes achieve. The blend of the hammered dulcimer and banjo is exceptional.”
Skipping Rocks debuted in October, 2013 at #4 on the Folk DJ-L!
We could not have asked for a better setting to record this album: right here in the house where we have lived for the past 21 years. The creaks in the floor, the chirps of the birds outside, the beaming Baltimore summer sun shining through the windows, and the comfort of playing in our living room was the ideal setting. For a few weeks in the summer of 2013, our house temporarily turned into a makeshift recording studio. Thanks to Robin, Alex, Elke and Kagey for sharing their wonderful playing!!
- Ken and Brad, 2013
"This father-son duo project is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." - CD Hotlist, October 2013
“The musicianship on this album is absolutely incredible. Ken Kolodner is, in my
estimation, the finest, most able, and diverse hammered dulcimer player
anywhere...Brad Kolodner is simply one of the best of the new generation of Old Time melodic Clawhammer banjo players...it still touches me that a father and son not only can make music that sounds so good, but that they so obviously enjoy making such great music with each other and their music friends.” - Dan Hayes, September 2013
“On Ken & Brad Kolodner’s new album, Skipping Rocks, the dynamic pulse of their neo-traditional sound is ringed with masterful guest artists, sewing together new takes on old tunes, and new tunes with old slants. Listening to Brad & Ken Kolodner’s Skipping Rocks not only highlights the magic that seems to spark in musical families, but also transports its listeners to the soft shores of a summer lake, where each skip of the rock is a moment that ripples out; from father to son, from a duo to a musical community, from old tunes to new ones. It’s a moment in life and time that will have you pushing play again and again.” - Hearth Music, September 2013
Program length: 50:50