St. Kieran Arts Presents: Ken Kolodner Trio

Three top-of-the-list instrumentalists on Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle & Banjo – the Ken Kolodner Trio is Ken & Brad Kolodner, with Rachel Eddy.

The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles, pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the claw hammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” They perform on occasion with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

Tickets: $15.00 (adults) and $10.00 (under 18)

St. Kieran Arts Presents: House of Hamill

The House of Hamill presents versatility of Irish fiddle music in a modern context: talented & engaging .

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.

Brian’s band Enter the Haggis and Rose’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 a.m. whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn’t until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary’s guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album “Wide Awake” (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up “March Through Storms” (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. In the summer of 2018, their quirky all-violin cover of “Sweet Child Of Mine” went viral, amassing over 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook in just a few weeks, and was picked up by publications all over the world. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Tickets: $15.00 adults and $10.00 under 18

St. Kieran Arts Presents: New Repertory Theatre’s “Animal Farm”

New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company presents George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

The animals of Mr. Jones’ farm believe they could build themselves a utopia, if only they could get rid of the humans in charge. When their dreams become reality, life isn’t as easy as they thought, as old problems take new form. Originally written as a critique of Stalinism, George Orwell’s acclaimed 1945 novel finds new life in this contemporary stage adaptation. Exploring themes of power, politics, and propaganda, this frightening fairy tale feels ripped from the headlines.

St. Kieran Arts Presents: Searson

Searson is giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots. Seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies.

Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing.

The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show, which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing, while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music. Dave MacDougall is a drummer and percussionist who brings creativity and groove to a variety of styles of music.

Tickets: Adults – $15; Under 18 – $10

Francofest Un Petit Dejeuner Canadian (Breakfast) at St. Kieran Art Center

Come join us for a taste of homemade French cuisine. The breakfast, which includes crepes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, breads and fruit, will be served cafeteria style in the main hall starting at 10:15 a.m. Coffee, tea and water will be included and mimosas and other beverages will be available for an additional fee.

Tickets for the breakfast will be $12.00 per plate and should be purchased in advance at the arts center office, by phone and on line at www.stkieranarts.org via the performing art series link.

At 2:00 pm, French Culture will be alive and kicking. New to the arts center is the high energy, men’s a cappella group, Musique a Bouches. Five male voices, firmly established as leaders in a cappella arrangements accompanied by rhythmical foot tapping, join together in a vibrant blend of harmonies. Musique à bouches explore traditional repertoire and take you on a voyage through traditionnel québécois as well as European traditional songs and folk singalongs.

Tickets for Sunday’s performance are $15.00 for adults/$10.00 for those under 18 and are available in advance (at the center office or online for a small fee) or at the door on the day of the concert.