3rd Annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival

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3rd Annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival

FRI MAR 18- SAT MAR 19, 2022 Times Vary
Prices Vary, see description for details

Friday Kickoff Concerts | 7PM
Saturday workshops and performances | 10:30AM - 11PM
Saturday Night Dance & Evening Concerts | 7 - 11:30PM

Tickets On Sale Now:

(includes Friday night concert, Saturday concerts, workshops, & Saturday Evening Dance)
$80, $75 MEMBERS (+$6 at the door) 

(includes one full weekend pass, reserved seating in the theater on Friday, and a heartfelt thank you!)

$30, $25 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door) 

(only performances in the theater will be included in this stream)

(includes all Saturday concerts, workshops, & Saturday evening dance)
$60, $55 MEMBERS (+$6 at the door) | Ages 16 and Under $29, $24 MEMBERS (+$4 at the door)

(only events in the theater will be streamed) 

$20, $17 mbrs (+$3 at the door)


Creative Alliance convenes some of the brightest old-time musicians, singers, and dancers in the country to celebrate where this music exists today. Join host artists Ken & Brad Kolodner for the 3rd Annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival!

Our Friday night kicks off with Will Carlisle and Golden Shoals at 7pm on the Marquee Lounge Stage followed by Ken and Brad Kolodner, Foghorn Stringband, The Earl White Stringband, The Onlies, and Laurel Premo in the theater 

Saturday is packed with hands-on workshops from many of our headline performers, intimate performances in the Marquee Lounge, afternoon concerts in the theater, educational conversations, and wild square dance to close out the festival on Saturday night. See you there?


Workshops (advanced registration required. Workshop access is available to full weekend and Saturday pass holders. Weekend or Saturday Pass ticket purchasers will receive an email from info@creativealliance.org with a ticket confirmation and instructions for workshop registration.

  • Harmony Signing with The Onlies
  • Old Time Banjo with Victor Furtado
  • Old Time Rhythm with Danny Knicely & Mark Schatz
  • Old Time Fiddle with Sammy Lind
  • Flatfoot Dance with Nic Gareiss
  • Old Time Mandolin Caleb Klauder
  • Beginner Banjo
  • Old Time Guitar with Reeb Wilms
  • Twin Fiddling with Riley Calgano and Sami Braman
  • Beginner Old Time Fiddle with Amy Avery
  • Beginner Old Time Guitar with Mark Kllianski 

           Plus more to be announced!

Ken & Brad Kolodner (Festival Hosts)
The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass, and American Roots music. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joined forces in 2009 with his son Brad Kolodner, a renowned clawhammer banjo player. They've sculpted their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful acoustic roots music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” The hypnotizing groove of the percussive hammered dulcimer and rhythmic clawhammer banjo is the core of their sound. They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding presence and the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar. The quartet won 1st place in the Neo-Traditional Band Contest at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in the summer of 2019. 

Earl White Stringband
Fiddlin' Earl White has been a mainstay in the old-time, folk and dance community for more than 45 years. An original and founding member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers, he is one of few Black Americans preserving and playing Appalachian old-time string band music, which was an intricate part of Black communities and formed the foundation of American music of today. Earl White is well known for his extensive repertoire of tunes, and his heartfelt, syncopated, driving style. He has played in numerous old-time string bands, and he currently leads the Earl White String Band, featuring Victor Furtado (banjo), Danny Knicely (guitar), and Mark Schatz(bass).

 Foghorn Stringband
The Foghorn Stringband is the present-day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised of four master performers and historians: –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington –Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington –Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec –Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures.

Golden Shoals 
Initially brought together by a mutual love of American folk music, Golden Shaols sound has expanded to include country, Americana, Indie and experimental influences, allowing them to move more freely beyond genre boundaries with their songwriting while still emanating a deep understanding of Old-Time and Bluegrass music. Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. The listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Roscoe Holcomb or Ola Belle Reed. 

Laurel Premo 
Laurel Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music on fiddle, guitar, and vocals. Her solo performances dive deep into traditional and new fiddle music, musically revealing a bloom of underlying harmonic drones, minimalist repetition, and rich polyrhythms. Presenting these sounds on fingerstyle electric guitar and fiddle, Premo fully leans into the archaic melodies and in-between intonations that connect folk sounds to the mystic and unknown.

The Onlies 
The Onlies are a young group of old friends who perform together in a string band. They grew up playing fiddles, guitars, and banjos in their hometowns of Seattle, WA and Lexington, VA. With their latest self-titled recording, the band digs deep into performances of traditional American popular (old-time) music. The music moves with a pulsating drive, sharp arrangements, and rich vibration -- it resounds with the present.

The Onlies is Sami Braman, Riley Calcagno, Vivian Leva, and Leo Shannon. Their new release (THE ONLIES) is their fourth full-length record, though it will be their first one as a quartet since joining Leva in 2017. The band, all still in their early twenties, won first place at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival in 2017, has toured the US extensively, and has performed and collaborated with Bruce Molsky, Elvis Costello, Tatiana Hargreaves, Foghorn Stringband, The Bee Eaters, John Herrmann & Meredith McIntosh, and Darol Anger, among others. The record is produced by Caleb Klauder (Foghorn Stringband, Caleb Klauder Country Band), and features Nokosee Fields (Western Centuries, Steam Machine) on bass. It is a committed engagement with the histories and futures of old-time fiddle music.

Willi Carlisle
Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, "powerful...both down-home and brainy." With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, Willi Carlisle is a multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist.

With a style forged in the fire of Ozark old-time music and his ever-growing collection of antique music, Carlisle’s musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true. Equally comfortable on banjo, accordion, fiddle, and guitar, Carlisle has earned accolades for his versatility with performances in the UK, Canada, and across the USA, appearing with acts like Dom Flemons, Los Texmaniacs, Cory Branan, and more.

While his big frame and expressive voice draw a comparison to old balladeers and bluesmen, Willi sings new songs for the oldest reasons: love, heartache, and joy. People who watch and listen will find that he laughs and sheds a tear onstage almost as often as his audiences do, fire-and-brimstone proof of larger-than-life songs and stories.


Note About Workshops: Weekend or Saturday Pass ticket purchasers will receive an email from info@creativealliance.org with a ticket confirmation and instructions for workshop registration. This email will arrive from the address info@creativealliance.org shortly after completing your purchase. Each attendee is eligible to sign up for two workshops. For questions about this process, please email info@creativealliance.org


Covid Safety Policy 

  • Vaccination Status: 
  • All audiences ages 12+  entering the theater space for performances, screenings, workshops or other theater-based gatherings are requested to be vaccinated against Covid-19. We ask that you bring a copy of your vaccination card or a photo of your card as proof of vaccination status.  If you have chosen to avoid vaccination due to religious or health exemption, please have proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of entering the premises.
  • Masks: Please wear your mask during your visit unless you are actively consuming a beverage. Masks are required in all areas of the building, including the gallery and theater.
  • Food/Drink: A limited bar will be available for purchase and consumption prior to and during theater-based events. Outside food and drink is prohibited.
  • Spacing: This event will be at full capacity. We are a small venue and physical distancing will be very limited.  You will likely have fellow audience members sitting directly next to, in front of, and behind you, at a distance of less than 6 feet.

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