December 18, 2008

On today’s holiday music special, the trio Helicon joined Marc for their 15th annual appearance on the show. The group has been playing music together for 25 years, and while they’re now living in different cities, they reunite each year for a Winter Solstice concert.

This year’s Helicon Winter Solstice concert will be Saturday, December 20th at 3:30pm and 8pm at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson, MD.  For information, directions, or tickets, visit the concert’s webpage

The members of Helicon are:

Ken Kolodner, who played hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira, and fiddle on the show today. Ken is a world renowned hammered dulcimer player who resides here in Baltimore, MD. In addition to playing and recording music, Ken teaches hammered dulcimer and fiddle to around 70 students.

Robin Bullock, who played mandolin, cittern, and guitar on today’s program, currently resides in France. Robin writes and performs music from Celtic and American traditions, and plays and records in the US and Europe extensively.

Chris Norman played wooden flutes, the penny whistle, and the small pipes on the show today. Chris tours both solo and with the Chris Norman ensemble. He’s also the founder of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops.