IMT Concerts Begin Fall Season

I have found one of the best acoustic music/folk concert series in the Washington area is hosted on Monday evenings during the school year by the Institute of Musical Traditions.  IMT is headquartered at Takoma Park’s House of Musical Traditions, but the concerts are held at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on Old Georgetown Road in Rockville.  Click on the link to find this fall’s schedule. 

This is a very friendly venue, where IMT sells homemade cookies and other treats in addition to CDs of the featured artist.  Over the course of several years, I’ve heard some tremendous musicians (including the great guitarist John Jorgenson and west coast bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis among many others) and have run into good friends and music lovers like Max and Mary van Balgooy and Tom Dews (a well-respected regional singer-songerwriter in his own right).  For this fall, several acts caught my eye, including the great Irish fiddler Kevin Burke on September 29th and the band Nightingale on October 6th.   I was introduced to the latter by my Staunton friends Jim and Constance Harrington & Oakley and Margaret Pearson.  Nightingale plays a mix of music from Newfoundland, Ireland, and France (plus they have a terrific accordion player!).

Finally, Candice and I have made it something of a tradition to attend IMT’s Celtic Christmas Celebration, held this year on December 8th.  Al Petteway and Amy White, along with guitarist Robin Bullock, always have a beautiful set featuring some wonderful acoustic guitar work.

If you live near Washington and enjoy good acoustic and folk music, check out the IMT concerts.

More to come…


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