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Patrick McAvinue

Patrick McAvinue

Dec 17th 2016 @ Goucher Auditorium

Towson, MD
I Was There
Helicon's 31st Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
7:30 PM
Goucher Auditorium
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204
Dec 17, 2016...Can you believe THIRTY-one years?! Here we go again!!
"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 - 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!!