A Celtic-Holiday Extravaganza!
MATT BELL, ANDREA HOAG,
SETH KIBEL, PAUL OORTS & KAREN ASHBROOK
MAGGIE SANSONE, Hammered dulcimer – Host Fiona Ritchie said “Maggie’s music has been at the heart of a musical movement that explores American roots and Celtic soul in a great variety of authentic acoustic delight.” One of America’s premier hammered dulcimer players and recording artists, Maggie has been featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning, and NPR’s All Things Considered, Performance Today, XM Radio and Echoes Soundscapes. Her 12th recording Wind Drift: Celtic Grooves, mystic moods was released in September, 2010 and was featured twice on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock. Among many awards, Maggie received Wammie awards from the Washington Area Music Association for Celtic/Irish Instrumentalist and Record Label of the Year. Maggie is founder and CEO of Maggie's Music record label with over fifty recordings and twelve recording artists. (email@example.com)
MATTHEW BELL is a percussionist known for his versatility and sensitive accompaniment style. He has performed and/or recorded with many luminaries in the Celtic Music Scene including Bonnie Rideout, Jerry O’Sullivan, William Jackson, John Doyle, Cathie Ryan, Liz Carroll, Mick Maloney, Brendan Dolan, Maggie Sansone, Kevin McCrae, Tony Cuffe, Hazel Wrigley, Máiri MacInnes, Christine Hanson, Billy McComiskey, Rosie Shipley, Paddy League, Flynn Cohen, Emerald Rae, Patsy O'Brien, and Eliot Grasso. Locally, he has played at venues including the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, the Birchmere, the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, the Verizon Center, and the White House. He has appeared on national television broadcasts including Good Morning America and the Kennedy Center Honors. "Bell, an astounding percussionist, manipulated his drums with hands or mallets whirring at the speed of light" ~ Cecilia Porter, The Washington Post. (www.matthewbellmusic.com)
ANDREA HOAG takes an uncommon musical path and revels in the connections she makes along the way. With over 30 years of devotion to traditional fiddle styles, including intensive study in Sweden and a Grammy-nominated album, Hambo in the Snow, Andrea has earned an international reputation as both tradition-bearer and innovator. She has performed in Maggie’s Music concert events for over ten years. (www.andreahoag.com)
SETH KIBEL is the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area. In addition to his activities with The Kleztet, Seth has fronted a variety of swing and jazz groups, including Bay Jazz Project. He can also currently be seen with the Washington/Baltimore area's most exciting swing and jump blues band, The Natty Beaux. Seth has appeared with such notables as Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and Johnnie Johnson. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as on several European tours. (www.sethkibel.com)
PAUL OORTS, Mandolin, cittern, accordion, harp-guitar. Belgian-born Paul Oorts is a multi-instrumentalist and performs with his wife, hammered dulcimer player Karen Ashbrook. When not collaborating with other prominent dulcimer players (Maggie Sansone, Ken Kolodner , Jody Marshall , Nick Blanton or Steve Schneider), he has become an ambassador of Belgian folk music to America, teaching in workshops at festivals. Paul plays regularly for contra and English country dances with the groups Goldcrest and Gigmeisters and conducts Carillion a dulcimer orchestra. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, a professor in the Humanities Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD; teaches privately and has been on faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center (WV) the Swannanoa Gathering (NC), Pinewoods (MA) and the Volksmuziekstage in Gooik (Belgium) among others. He has recorded Celtic Café, a Maggie’s Music recording with Karen Ashbrook. (www.pauloorts.com)
KAREN ASHBROOK: Maggie's Music Artists Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, wooden flute) and her husband, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts play a wide range of traditional music from Europe. Karen brings Celtic music to the duo and Paul brings rare 17th and 18th century music from Belgian and French manuscripts he transcribes. They perform around the country for concerts, dances and festivals and have several CDs on the Maggie’s Music label. (www.karenashbrook.com)
There maybe even a surprise step dancer or two?