"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 35th 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 19, 2020, Helicon will perform two shows, at 3:30 and at 7:30, bringing to life seasonal Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Appalachian, Bluegrass and other world music. This year's venue is the intimate setting of Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson MD 21204. Joining Helicon once again will be the astounding North American Step-dance Champion Jonathan Srour (who grew up attending the concerts) and two additional bands: The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet and Charm City Junction! Ken has performed with his son Brad for the last seven years along with bandmates Alex Lacquement and Rachel Eddy as a quartet, releasing their 4th CD together, Stony Run in 2020. Charm City Junction features Ken's son, Brad Kolodner, Patrick McAvinue, Sean McComiskey and Alex Lacquement.
Helicon toured widely throughout North American and Europe for many years. The members ceased touring in 1998 to pursue solo careers. They are internationally recognized as among the finest practitioners of their respective instruments, recording over 50 recordings. Together, the members of Helicon continue to work their magic year after year. The trio has Baltimore roots: Kolodner was born here and still resides in Baltimore, Norman lived in Baltimore since age 11 and now has returned to his native Nova Scotia; and Bullock now lives in NC but was originally from the DC area.
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. The band never sought out to be musical preservationists but rather experiment with expanding the ever evolving traditions. The members of Charm City Junction are also among the finest performers of Bluegrass, Irish and old-time styles. Charm City Junction features Irish button accordionist Sean McComiskey, 2017 IBMA Fiddler of the Year Patrick Mcavinue, everyone's favorite bassist Alex Lacquement and Brad Kolodner. While their sound is vastly different from Helicon, it is only fitting to have them as Helicon's guests.
Rounding out the show is The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet which presents old-time music in a completely new way. Brad Kolodner has established himself as one of the finest banjo players in the U.S. and a force in the traditional music scene as a musician (performing with Charm City Junction and The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet), radio DJ and concert/festival promoter, winning the prestigious IBMA Momentum Award in 2016. Joining for her third year is the amazingly versatile Rachel Eddy (The Early Mays, The Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet). A West Virginia native, Eddy grew up learning old-time music and is one of the best purveyors of the style performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals. Rachel performs regularly with Ken and Brad and Alex and recorded on their last two CDs including the 2020 release Stony Run.
And wait for it!! You never know when the man in the red pants (Jonathan Srour) will leap across the stage!!
Listen to selected tracks from A Winter Solstice with Helicon
December 19, 2020 3:30 & 7:30 PM Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium Towson MD
Advanced ticket prices are based on quantity of tickets purchased for each show: 1-14 tickets: $30.00 15-29 tickets: $28.00 30+ tickets: $25.00
Children under 13: $23.00 (Group discounts are only available via phone or mail order) All sales are non-refundable. Service fee for online sales (approx $3.25 per ticket)
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Helicon 3806 Fenchurch Rd. Baltimore, MD 21218
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Ticket Delivery Information Tickets at the door are $35/$28 for under 13. Tickets will be sent via email or text message. Tickets can also be mailed to you but we must receive orders by 12/11 - we will hold at will call after that!
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)