Kolodners Make MG! Premiere

World class folk music

Music, Gettysburg! Presents World Class Folk Music by Ken and Brad Kolodner in first Concert of the New Year

January 5, 2016


 (Gettysburg, PA) Music, Gettysburg! is proud to present Ken and Brad Kolodner in concert Sunday, January 10th at 4pm. This dynamic father-son duo which pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs.

The Kolodners will “offer Music, Gettysburg! audiences world class folk and roots music in their Gettysburg premiere” said Mark Oldenburg, chair of Music, Gettysburg! and member of the Seminary faculty. The concert is free and open to the public in the Seminary chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, PA.

Ken and Brad Kolodner started performing regularly in 2009, releasing their first recording, Otter Creek, which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts.  

The duo has played practically everywhere important for folk music, including The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Old Songs, The Creative Alliance, several appearances on the legendary “Bound for Glory” radio show in Ithaca, NY (the longest running live concert-radio broadcast in the United States), The Common Ground Festival in Maryland, and concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont to Wisconsin.

In addition to performing and teaching, Ken and Brad are avid supporters and developers of the Old-Time community in Baltimore. In the spring of 2013, Ken and Brad founded the wildly popular Baltimore Old Time Jam, a bi-weekly gathering of dozens of musicians and Old-Time music fans at Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the heart of Baltimore City.  

Ken and Brad are joined by Alex Lacquement of Baltimore, a member of both Bumper Jacksons and Charm City Junction. He also frequently appears with the Kolodners, and holds a master's and bachelor's degree in music education.  Teaching privately for a decade at the university level, he currently teaches violin group lessons at the Waldorf School of Baltimore.  

Among Ken’s many credits are a featured solo in an Emmy nominated CBS-TV Christmas special, over a dozen recordings with sales well over 150,000, an “Indie” winner for Best Seasonal Recording in 1999, a #1 World Music title Walking Stones and bestseller for BMG with over 55,000 copies sold, and numerous books and instructional recordings (including a book/CD on old-time fiddling for Mel Bay and two recent books on arranging for the hammered dulcimer, also for Mel Bay).  

Brad didn’t start playing banjo until age 17 when he attended a music camp where his father was teaching. After just two years, Brad won the 2010 Takoma Park Old-Time Banjo festival winning a Kevin Enoch banjo and a performance spot at The Birchmere,  and a long list of other prime venues.  In the summer of 2013, Brad signed on as the host of “The Brad Kolodner Show” a weekly bluegrass show on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, a 24/7 bluegrass radio station in Washington D.C. Brad has amassed a stable of over 30 banjo students in Baltimore. He has added fiddle, guitar and vocals to his repertoire. Enjoy this free concert in the best concert venue in Central PA this Sunday afternoon.  


Music, Gettysburg! is a premier concert series featuring international, national, regional and local musical artists for the greater south central Pennsylvania region. The Seminary Chapel is on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext. 2197 or visit the Music, Gettysburg! web site: www.musicgettysburg.org or writing info@musicgettysburg.org .