Ken and Brad Kolodner at Ashe Arts Center

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Article Published: Jul. 25, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 27, 2013
Ken and Brad Kolodner at Ashe Arts Center

Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform July 26 at the Ashe Arts Center.

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Widely known as one of the foremost and most influential hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. and a fine old-time fiddler, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son, Brad Kolodner, on clawhammer banjo to perform original and old-time music “in the purest way.

The Ashe County Arts Council presents Ken and Brad Kolodner in concert at the Ashe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26. Area musician Michael Bell will be the special guest.

The father and son duo has been performing together for three years on twin fiddles, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer and more and in 2011 released its first recording of Appalachian and original music.

“Otter Creek” became the most played instrumental recording on the international folk charts in 2011. In addition, the song — Brad Kolodner’s original composition — was the most-played instrumental on the folk charts in the United States for 2011.

Among Ken Kolodner’s many credits are a featured solo in an Emmy-nominated CBS TV Christmas special, more than a dozen recordings with sales well exceeding 150,000, an “Indie” winner and a No. 1 World Music title (“Walking Stones”) and numerous books and instructional recordings.

Brad Kolodner recently guest-recorded on “Out of the Wood,” a 2011 release by Elke Baker (a Scottish National Fiddle Champion) and his father.

Brad was the winner of the 2010 Takoma Park Old-Time Banjo festival. In addition to winning a Kevin Enoch banjo, Brad was given a performance spot at The Birchmere, sharing the stage with banjo legend Tony Trishka, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Adam Hurt and other notable banjo players. Brad has also hosted a folk show, “The Hobos Lullaby,” in Ithaca, N.Y., for the last three years.

Concert appearances for the Kolodners include annual tours of North Carolina, three appearances at Helicon’s Winter Solstice concerts with Robin Bullock and Chris Norman, performances at The Birchmere, the Kennedy Center, the Creative Alliance, Baldwin’s Station, the Walters Art Museum (also with fiddler Baker), several appearances at the “Bound for Glory” show in Ithaca, the Common Ground Music Festival, the Folk Society of Greater Washington and the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival, as well as numerous other concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard, from North Carolina to Vermont.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center, located at 303 School Ave. in West Jefferson, or by calling (336) 846-ARTS.

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