"Helicon's brand of hypnotic Celtic-inspired dance rhythms makes a heady brew when mixed with this wide-ranging set of carols and winter songs. That Helicon's stylized treatment can tame and blend this eclectic set is a tribute to the solid musicianship of this talented trio. Their warm, understated take on the season will be a welcome relief for many from the droning familiarity of popular Christmas carols..." —Home Theater HI FI and The Albuquerque Alibi (December 2000)
The 31st Annual Winter Solstice Reunion Concert reunites three world class musicians Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle), Robin Bullock (piano, guitar, cittern, mandolin) and Chris Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano) of Helicon for their annual holiday celebration. On December 17, 2016, Helicon will perform two shows, at 3:30 and at 7:30, bringing to life seasonal Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Appalachian and other world music. This year's venue provides an intimate setting at Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College, Towson MD.
Joining Helicon once again will be the astounding North American Step-dance Champion Jonathan Srour (who grew up attending the concerts) and the fantastic Baltimore-based acoustic roots band Charm City Junction. This collaboration is a natural fit. Helicon started life combining the backgrounds of three related but distinctively different traditions of music (Bluegrass, Irish and old-time). Helicon eventually became part of the world music scene but continued to perform those three genres in a very progressive style. Charm City Junction also combines the backgrounds of the same three genres with Bluegrass fiddler Patrick McAvinue, Irish button accordionist Sean McComiskey, bassist Alex Lacquement (also of The Bumper Jacksons) and clawhammer banjo player Brad Kolodner. (Brad is also Ken's son and music partner - www.kenandbrad.com). The sound is vastly different from Helicon but the band also performs a very progressive style of the various genres. Both bands are far from trying to be musical preservationists but rather experiment with expanding the ever evolving traditions. Helicon is excited to present and collaborate with such a fine young band.
And Ken & Brad celebrate the release of their third CD "The Swift House"!!!
This year's concert will be recorded for a future release!! _
Listen to selected tracks from A Winter Solstice with Helicon
Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) (Yosef Hadar & Moshe Dor, Israel) / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Anonymous 16th Century English / Christmas Eve (Ireland)
The Happy Farmer / Spring Morning / A Girl Raises her Sheep / Dancing and Singing in the Village (China)
December 17, 2016 3:30 & 7:30 PM Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium Towson MD
Tickets are on sale September 1, 2016 Advanced ticket prices are based on quantity of tickets purchased for each show: 1-14 tickets: $28.00 15-29 tickets: $26.00 30+ tickets: $23.00
Children under 13: $21.00 (Group and children discounts are only available via phone or mail order)
Order Tickets Online (price includes a $2 service charge per ticket)
Order Tickets by Mail -- If you have trouble downloading the form below or using online purchase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at 410-746-8387 (or 410-243-7254) or simply send a check to:
Helicon 3806 Fenchurch Rd. Baltimore, MD 21218
Check payable to Helicon
Include an self-addressed envelope (SASE) and specify which show! No service fee ($2) if you include an SASE.
Order via phone using a credit card ($2 service fee per ticket). Call 410-746-8387. The price is the same as online ordering.
Ticket Delivery Information Tickets at the door are $32. Tickets ordered on-line or through the mail by 12/13/2016 will be delivered via mail. Ticket orders received after 12/13/2016 will be held at will call at the concert. Please provide proper identification and/or your Paypal receipt when claiming tickets at will call. If you have not received your tickets, and believe they should have been mailed, contact Ken through email, or call at (410)746-8387.
Take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), leaving it at exit 27A-Towson (Dulaney Valley Road south). The college entrance is on the left, one-half block from exit 27A. Kraushaar Auditorium is in the Dorsey College Center (Campus Map)