Sat May 12, 2018 8:00pm – 10:45pm

Branford Folk Closes Season May 12

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

The Branford Folk Music Society closes out its 2017-18 concert series on Saturday, May 12, with the father-son duo of Ken and Brad Kolodner, who have been taking old-time music into uncharted territory, creatively infusing the idiom with their hypnotizing approach on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles.

The concert is at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St., on the Branford Green. Admission is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at

Long regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in North American folk music, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joined musical forces nearly a decade ago with son Brad, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world, to create and perform old-time music that draws largely on tradition but also offers a neo-traditional approach through innovative arrangements and their own compositions.

They are a duo that’s simply in-synch. As son Brad aptly puts it, “Playing as a father-son duo feels very natural.” Whether rehearsing, jamming or performing on stage or in the recording studio, the Kolodners are always locked-in. “Our musical sensibilities are very aligned.”

Ken Kolodner’s roots run deep in folk music. He toured and recorded for many years with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock in the legendary world music trio Helicon. His extensive repertoire of thousands of pieces includes traditional music from over 30 countries on all continents. He’s performed in every state in the U.S. and teaches locally in Baltimore with over 75 fiddle and hammered dulcimer students.

Brad Kolodner is recognized nationally for his and expressive style on banjo and his original musical compositions. He has placed in the finals of the banjo contest in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV, one of the most prestigious old-time banjo contests in the world.

Clawhammer banjo is experiencing a rebirth in American folk music and Brad is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, DJ for WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” in Washington, D.C., jam leader, community builder and ambassador for old-time music. He is the recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 Momentum Award for Industry Involvement. In addition to touring with his father, he also regularly performs with the roots quartet Charm City Junction.

The Kolodners have released three critically acclaimed albums. Their first recording, “Otter Creek” in 2011 quickly became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts. Brad’s original composition “Otter Creek” was the most played instrumental track on the charts that year. Their second album “Skipping Rocks” followed in 2013 and last year saw release of “The Swift House”.

Concert appearances for the Kolodners include performances at The Kennedy Center, The Walnut Valley Festival, the Old Songs Festival, The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival and The Champlain Valley Folk Festival. They have logged numerous live radio broadcasts and concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont and across the country from Wisconsin to Arizona.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
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