UP Music Weekends
Spring Music

About the Teachers

Elke Baker Elke Baker, 1995 U.S. National Scottish fiddle champion, plays Scottish and American music for concerts, festivals, and dances across America and abroad. She teaches Scottish music, music history and dance at numerous festivals and workshops, at the Washington Conservatory of Music and the Potomac Scottish Fiddle Club. She has five fine recordings, including her newest release, "Out of the Wood" with Ken Kolodner.

Rachel EddyMulti-instrumentalist, Rachel Eddy has had a life steeped the old-time music of Appalachia. Recently returned from a 5 year stint in Sweden, she is now travelling between Pittsburgh, Morgantown, and the Washington, DC area to teach and perform with a variety of artists including the Early Mays, and Ken and Brad Kolodner. She has numerous recordings to her credit Including her solo recording, "Nothin’ but Corn." A favorite of jam sessions wherever she goes, she is sure to keep our jam scene hopping!

Seán Heely Multi-Genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. Seán is equally at home with a large variety of musical genres which include: Classical, Scottish, Irish, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Swing. He is a Scottish Fiddle National Champion as well as an award winning Irish Fiddler and has given workshops and classes at camps such as Acadia Trad School in Bar Harbor, Maine where Seán is part of a world class faculty of teachers/ performers.

Laura Risk Laura Risk grew up in the thriving San Francisco Scottish fiddle scene, learning her craft from acclaimed fiddler Alasdair Fraser. The Living Tradition says, "Laura performs and teaches internationally when she is not home in Montreal, Québéc, teaching at McGill University or researching Québécois traditional music". She crosses both Québécois and Scottish music realms and has produced and recorded numerous recordings and publications, including her latest release 2000 Miles, on which she teams up with some of Québéc’s hottest traditional and jazz musicians for a new take on tunes from the great Scottish collections of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Brad Kolodner Baltimore-based clawhammer banjoist Brad Kolodner represents the next generation of Old-Time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo at just 26 years of age. Awarded the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement, Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for Old-Time music. He regularly performs across the country in a duo with his father Ken Kolodner, a world renowned hammered dulcimer player and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction.

Alex Lacquement Alex Lacquement brings joy and passion to his bass accompaniment with Bumper Jacksons, Charm City Junction, Ken & Brad Kolodner, and other performers. With a background in jazz music and music education, he is an energetic and assertive ensemble player, an imaginative soloist, and a precise technician on the double bass, as well as a gifted teacher for students of all ages.

Ken Kolodner Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of one of today's most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists and a fine old-time fiddler. As a soloist and in ensembles with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), with fiddlers Elke Baker, Jim Eagan, his son Bradley, and many others, Ken has performed for more than 30 years. He is known for his expansive and improvisational style and creative backup playing on the hammered dulcimer. Ken has taught at music camps and festivals around the U.S, in addition to his own highly popular Sandbridge, Virginia dulcimer weeks.

Paul Oorts Paul Oorts a native of Belgium, is adept at musette accordion and many things with strings. His instrumental versatility and knowledge of many different styles of music have made Paul the accompanist of choice for many hammered dulcimer players and a value member of several dance ensembles. He plays English and contra dance music with Goldcrest and Cabaret Sauvignon, and traditional French music with Ensemble Tympanon. As a member of the Rigatoni Brothers he researches and performs Italian- American mandolin in trio music.

Dave Wiesler Dave Wiesler has built a national reputation for his rhythmic and innovative piano playing. At home in a huge range of styles, Dave plays for concerts and dances of many sorts: contra, swing, vintage, couple dance, English and Scottish country dance, Viennese waltz. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Folk-Life Festival, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum, and he has played at festivals and dance camps across the country as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England. Dave has played on over a dozen recordings, many featuring tunes and songs he wrote, and he is also a capable guitarist and singer. Some of his other bands include Laura and the Lava Lamps, Cabaret Sauvignon, The Avant Gardeners, The Gigmeisters, Green Light Karma, and Thistle House.