Friday, December 18, 2020

Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection will be bringing you "Songs For A Winter's Night" in collaboration with the folks at Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, MD on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m.  The Maine-based band will be streaming an hour of seasonal and holiday songs while you sit by your cozy fire, or perhaps in the glow of your Christmas tree, enjoying your favorite winter beverage.

The Bluegrass Connection have been five very busy musical elves working on holiday and seasonal songs for this concert and who knows what surprises may happen! It's sure to be a fun night. You won't want to miss it!!
Here are the various places and links where you can find us:
Via Facebook
Bluegrass Connection-  
https://www.facebook.com/EBandtheBC
Mountain City Traditional Arts-  
https://www.facebook.com/mountaincitytradarts
Or Venmo @ericabrownshipman 

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Spring Events at Mountain City Traditional Arts



Spring Events at Mountain City Traditional Arts

Farmers Market, November-April, 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Honey, Meats, Eggs, Natural Products, Greens, and More!

Allegany Boardgaming Society- Game Day, Fridays, 7 to 11 pm
Come play some games with the Allegany County Boardgaming Society! All are welcome.

Fiber Arts Group, Wednesdays 1pm to 3 pm, Open to All- starts up again in March

The Jeremiahs, Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm.

Winners of Album of the Year, 
Live Irish Music Awards, 2018

Formed in Dublin in 2015, The Jeremiahs give a contemporary urban feel to traditional Irish music. They shape their sound with Dubliner Joe Gibney’s beautiful vocals and some whistle (not at the same time); Julien Bruneteau from Brittany who plays whistle and flutes; Dublin-based James Ryan who holds down the rhythm section on guitar and bouzouki and a few choice effects pedals; and finally, Jean Christophe Morel, another Frenchmen drawn to Dublin by Irish Traditional Music, who does the bulk of the work on fiddle.
The Wild Barrow Road


The Ronstadt Brothers with Probably Whiskey, Sunday, April 19th at 3 pm

We loved them so much last year that we're having them back. This is a show that shouldn't be missed! Amazing musicians; incredible music. Talent runs deep in the Ronstadt family. The Ronstadt Brothers continue a musical tradition passed from generation to generation in the Ronstadt family. They present a new and fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their family’s heritage while offering innovative original material to millennials discovering the treasure of roots music. And they bring a new spin to songs you grew up with. Carrying forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda and their father Michael, join the Ronstadt Brothers on their journey through the Post-Modern American West. They'll be joined by American Roots Band, Probably Whiskey, to open. Don’t miss this!

Valley of Our Kin


Frostburg Spring Arts Walk with Silly Goose and Val, Saturday, April 25th, times TBA

This interactive, family-friendly celebration of Spring features characters from Val's Gold Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award-winning book Springtime Dance. Val will bring 5 three-foot tall Flamingo marionettes for a rollicking Pink Flamingo CanCan inviting audience members to operate the marionettes. The engaging performance introduces audiences to puppetry and ventriloquism through song and dance. The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. MCTA will also feature artisans and additional activities as part of the Arts Walk. Silly Goose and Val


Todd Burge, Saturday, May 9, 4 pm

 Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!”  — Larry Groce - Mountain Stage Host (NPR)


If it’s been discovered by man, West Virginian Todd Burge has written about it. Born to ponder and observe life, each of his songs tells a story. Whether drawn from personal experience or a tale of poetically woven fiction, you’ll live every second of it through his songs. Burge has achieved the coveted title of a Mountain State Regular—Burge earned a jacket after ten Mountain Stage performances in 2015 and has stepped in to host on occasion. He’s performed and collaborated with or shared the stage with many musicians over the years including Tim O’Brien, Larry Groce, Bela Fleck, Lucinda Williams, and Hot Tuna. Whether on stage at the Kennedy Center or in front of an audience of ten-year olds, the wit, humor, and artistry he brings to songcraft is mesmerizing. This afternoon show is family friendly.

First Day of Spring



Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with FrostburgFirst and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information call 301-687-3124 or 301-687-8040; or email krogersthomas@frostburg.edu.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Holiday Cheer with Newberry and Verch

Music of the Season from Canada to the Ozarks 

Featuring Joe Newberry & April Verch

Saturday, December 14th at 4 PM- 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, MD

$15 Suggested Donation



Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth -in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always.... music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern-day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list,and check it twice... Newberry and Verch are coming to town!

Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjoas a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew uplistening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started stepdancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Both Newberry & Verch became masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forgetthe roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.

For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothingleft to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm...and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place.

For more information call 301-687-8040. Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council and FrostburgFirst. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Legendary Irish Fiddler Frankie Gavin to Perform with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello

Legendary Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin will perform at Frostburg’s Mountain City Traditional Arts, Monday, November 4, at 7 pm. He’ll be joined by world renown musicians Tommy McCarthy on fiddle and Louise Costello on banjo. The event is open to the public, with a recommended donation of $15.

Known as a founding member of the Irish supergroup, DeDannan, Frankie Gavin has been fixture in the traditional Irish music scene for more than half a century. In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1963 visit to Ireland; and he holds Guinness Record as the world’s fastest fiddler.

Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.

Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello both grew up in families steeped in Ireland’s rich music history. McCarthy, was born in London to Irish parents, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare, so Tommy grew up listening to traditional music and playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London.

Louise Costello hails from Galway, in western Ireland. Growing up she played with her father Denny & local fiddlers. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott.
In 1996, the duo opened The Burren in Massachusetts, which quickly became a premier venue for Irish music. Together, this powerful trio will perform an unforgettable show.

Dedicated to the sales, education, documentation and perpetuation of regional traditions, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council and FrostburgFirst. For more information call 301 687 8040 or look for us on Facebook. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mountain City Traditional Arts to Host African American Storyteller Diane Macklin


Join Mountain City Traditional Arts on Frostburg’s Main Street for an afternoon of storytelling with African American Storyteller Diane Macklin, Sunday, October 27 at 4 pm. Sharing traditional stories from Africa and the US, Diane Macklin seasons her stories with rhythm, sounds and movement, engaging listeners of all ages. 
She specializes in audience participation, character education, and developmentally appropriate programming with a talent for telling stories to young listeners, ages three and up. She has received the Solo Theatrical Performer Fellowship through Maryland State Arts Council, as well as the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, in addition to the Teaching Artist Institute Fellowship and the Taft Museum’s 2013 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence.  
As a performer, certified educator, and teaching artist, Diane believes in “Making a Difference, One Story at a Time.”Macklin has performed from Massachusetts to California for venues such as the National Air and Space Museum, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference, Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place.
This event is supported by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council.  
Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with FrostburgFirst and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information call 301-687-3124 or 301-687-8040.

Steph Geremia and the Flyaways


Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host an evening of Irish songs and music with Steph Geremia and the Flyaways on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.
One of the finest musicians of her generation, Irish-American flautist and singer Geremia shares music steeped in Ireland’s North Connaught tradition. Joined by master fiddler Ben Gunnery, of Riverdance, and Scottish-American guitarist and vocalist Alan Murray, the trio delivers a vibrantly compelling show.
Geremia's 2018 solo release, “Up She Flew,” described by Irish Music magazine as “an unexpected treasure,” captures long-standing regional musical styles. “This album has not only been inspired by the rich North Connaught repertoire and particular tune settings from the players from this region, but also from a time when these great musicians breathed life into the tunes with their slight variations and subtle re-phrasing of every bar, when variations mimicked the landscape and one could get lost in the modal discrepancies,” said Geremia.
Her bandmates for this performance, Gunnery and Murray, contributed to Geremia’s newest album. Each brings a rich performance background. Gunnery, a master fiddler, has been performing on stage since he was 10 years old. Music has provided him the opportunity to travel the world, playing with such impressive ensembles as Riverdance and Barrage. Murray, originally from Scotland, has toured extensively, has been featured on multiple recordings and has shared his knowledge and talents through classes and workshops.
Together, these three acclaimed musicians come together to deliver an electric blend of music Songlines magazine calls a combination of "New World energy with Old World vibrancy.”
For more information, email MCTA at mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.