Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spring Line-Up at MCTA

Get ready for fantastic spring with Mountain City Traditional Arts!

We will be continuing our Winters Farmers Markets February 7th and 21st. Don’t miss a chance for fresh local goods!

Thursday, February 26th @7pm: Caitlin Nic Gabhann and Ciaran O’Maonaigh

Award winning concertina player, dancer, and songwriter Caitlin Nic Gabhann collaborates with renowned fiddle player and documentary filmmaker Cairan O’Maonaigh for a night of traditional Irish concertina, fiddle, and dance.

Wednesday, March 25th @7pm: Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville

A night of French Canadian traditional music straight from Quebec starring fiddler Lisa Ornstein, guitarist/singer Andre Marchand, and singer/accordionist Normand Miron as the trio Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville.

Saturday, March 28th @3:30pm: Ken and Brad Kolodner

Well known hammered dulcimer player and fiddler Ken Kolodner of Baltimore teams up his son, clawhammer banjo star Brad Kolodner, for an evening of original Appalachian traditional music.

Friday, April 17th: Todd Burge

In a return to MCTA, Todd Burge, known as the “dean of West Virginia Songwriters,” employs stories of invented characters, scat singing, and lyrical humor to lighten the mood of some heavy subjects set to catchy tunes ranging from an alternative/punk rock sound to bluegrass.

All music events will have a suggested donation of $15

More Information to follow as each event approaches. Stay updated on our blog

Mountain City Traditional Arts
A Project of Folklore and Folklife Programming at Frostburg State University
Supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council
25 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Looking Back: The Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble


We just finished off a great year at Mountain City Traditional Arts and have another fantastic season lined up. When looking back on the incredible performances of this past year the one that springs immediately to mind is the multiple days of workshops and performances held by the Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble at MCTA in mid November.  On the first day at MCTA the ensemble string band and dancers performed following a presentation on community dance led by Becky Hill and focusing around clips from the documentary "Reel Em In Boys, Reel Em," a film produced by the Mountain Dance Trail. On day two the ensemble held a harmony singing workshop, an instrument workshop focused on playing for dancers, a clogging and flat-footing workshop, and finished off the evening with a community square dance. Each event was incredibly high energy and the ensemble members were full of talent and motivation for participating community members. We are incredibly thankful to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for making this traditional arts exchange possible. For those of you who missed seeing and experiencing this fantastic ensemble the video above and pictures below should give a look into their vast talent and the fun we had with these events. The video also highlights the ensemble's performances at the Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival in September.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Happenings!

November 1st: 2nd Winter Farmer's Market from 10-2. We will be featuring the farms of Goodness Grows, Savage River, and many more as interest grows. Farmers will be bringing all the fresh grow products of their farms as well as baked goods, herbal products, etc. The other dates are Nov 15th, Dec 6th, and Dec 20th.

November 8th, from 12-3, we will be hosting an old-time and bluegrass jam. It is open to the public and all levels of players are welcome! Bring your instrument to join in or just come to listen.

November 14th and 15th we will be welcoming the Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble for a series of workshops and performances. See the flyer below for more details!

Don't miss these one of a kind events only at Mountain City Traditional Arts!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October and November Events at MCTA!!!!

October 11th 5pm-9pm


Mountain City Traditional Arts will hosting some wonderful artists at this Fall's Arts Walk! Katie Neptune will be present helping people to weave their own baskets. Gary Phillips will be bringing in African instruments and doing a lecture and demonstration on those instruments. We will also have some members of our fiber arts and spinning available fro demonstrations. Plus, our shop is, as always full of wonderful locally made gifts for friends and family!!

October 18th 10am-2pm

Winter Farmer's Market!

The first in a series of regular off-season farmer's market's will be held at MCTA. We will be featuring the farms of Goodness Grows, Savage River, and many more as interest grows. The other dates are Nov 1st, Nov 15th, Dec 6th, and Dec 20th.

November 14th & 15th

Workshops and Performance by the Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble!

It will be a weekend of Appalachian music and dance hosted by the talented students of Davis & Elkins College. More details to follow as the event gets closer. A don't miss event to save the date for!!!

Mountain City Traditional Arts
A Project of Folklore and Folklife at Frostburg State University
Supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State arts Council

25 East Main St Frostburg MD
301 687 8040

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly: Legends of the Sliabh Luachra Tradition of Instrumental Irish Traditional Music

 Sunday, October 5th, 5:00pm

  Suggested Donation: $15.00

Fiddler Matt Cranitch and accordionist Jackie Daly have become legends of the Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. This unique music stems from northwest Cork and east Kerry and provides a very distinctive style of performing and a source of inspiration for both musicians. They have toured together many times, releasing their first CD, The Living Stream, in 2010, as well as touring the US in 2011 during the Imagine Ireland tour.

Matt Cranitch, a native of Ireland, is a well known fiddler and teacher across the globe. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. He received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle-playing tradition of the region. He was a consultant for the Geantra√≠ series on TG4, has been an adviser to the Arts Council Deis scheme for the traditional arts (2005–2013), and has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (2007–2010). He received the Hall of Fame Award from University College Cork in 2003 and is still teaching there. He is the author of The Irish Fiddle Book, published in 1988 (in its fourth edition). He has made multiple albums including three with Sliabh Notes, in addition to √Čistigh Seal which consists entirely of slow airs. His most recent recording is The Living Stream with Jackie Daly.

Jackie Daly a native of Cork, has been described as arguably “the best accordion player in Ireland” by the New York Times. He was strongly influenced by Sliabh Luchra and has performed with many acclaimed musicians and groups owing to his versatility and desired talent, including previous MCTA performer Kevin Burke. He is also a highly valued teacher and received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award)in 2005, and the Kanturk Arts Festival Award in 2009.