February 2024

Friday 2/23

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Solo Swedish concert at Historic Pima Courthouse

Solo informal concert of Swedish music in the beautiful historic courtyard. Bring a lunch or find one in the courthouse café. Free!

March 2024

Friday 3/22

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Solo Swedish concert at Historic Pima Courthouse

Solo informal concert of Swedish music in the beautiful historic courtyard. Bring a lunch or find one in the courthouse café. Free!

pandemic-era house concert, through the porch window
pandemic-era house concert, through the porch window
workshop and concert in 2020
workshop and concert in 2020

Past gigs

January 2024

Tuesday 12/26Monday 1/1

Berea Christmas Country Dance School

Country dancing and other folk arts such as folk drama, storytelling, singing, and crafts! Christmas Country Dance Schoolbegins with an evening dance on December 26th. Daily classes offer a variety of English, American, and Scandinavian dance, music, song, and craft traditions. Graded classes are offered, so beginners are given the special attention they need, while experts are provided with new insights and inspiration. Evenings are filled with dancing and Parlor, a time of sharing songs, stories, and special talents. The week concludes with a gala New Year’s Eve dance. The carefully selected staff generously give their time, knowledge, and experience to make the week one of the finest folk arts courses available. Live music is used throughout the School, adding much to the pleasure and merriment. Christmas School offers dance leadership courses for adults and a limited number of select teenagers. Ages 12–17 accepted with parent or guardian.

December 2023

Tuesday 12/19

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A Celtic Christmas Concert - Virtual & in Person!

Karen Ashbrook – hammered dulcimer and Irish whistle, Paul Oorts – harp guitar, cittern, accordion, Andrea Hoag- fiddle, Eileen Estes, vocals and bodhran. Traditional and holiday music from Celtic lands featuring shimmering strings, haunting vocals, cheery accordion and feisty fiddle in a program for the whole family. Co-sponsored by Ascension’s Music Ministries and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. For more information contact Karen at 301-655-0103,.

Suggested Donation: In Advance $20 Adults, $10 Under 18; At the Door $25 Adults. The link is for virtual tickets but has a link for in person tickets

Monday 12/18

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
QuaranTUNE Virtual Christmas Concert

Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, and Andrea Hoag, will perform a set in the QDF Christmas Virtual concerts. There is also a Sunday night concert and the single household pass gets you into both concerts!

$25.75 for a household pass that includes both Sunday and Monday concerts.

Sunday 12/17

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A Celtic Christmas Concert- with Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, & Eileen Estes

Traditional and holiday music from Celtic lands featuring shimmering strings, cheery accordion, haunting vocals , and feisty fiddle in a program for the whole family! Reception will follow the concert. Sponsored by FOMA- Friends of Music & Arts at St Andrew’s. Free admission, but a free will collection for area charities will be taken during the show.

The concert is free but a goodwill offering will be collected for area charities.

Saturday 12/16

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A Celtic Christmas Concert - KA/PO, Andrea Hoag & Eileen Estes

Dynamic duo, KA/PO–Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts, are joined by Grammy-nominated fiddler Andrea Hoag and the extraordinary voice of Eileen Estes for a delightful evening performance. The sparkling strings of hammered dulcimer, cittern, and harp guitar blend with rich harmonies and driving melodies on fiddle and accordion. The program will include toe-tapping dance tunes and haunting vocals of seasonal ballads and meditative airs from the shores of the many Celtic nations.

Admission is $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 SMaD members, $15 students, paid by cash or check, taken at the door. For more Info or to reserve a ticket: Joanie Blanton, 304-263-2531 or

Thursday 12/14

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Silver Spring Contra Dance: Caroline Barnes calling with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer

In the Great Hall (wood floor) at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Please note: There is no longer free parking at the Civic Center Parking Garage

Caller:Caroline Barnes

Band:Andrea Hoag (Fiddle) and Charlie Pilzer (Piano)

Andrea and Charlie have been musical partners for years and years in the Polka Pants Band, Serpentine, Future Geezers and the Scandinavian trio Hoag, Kelley, Pilzer. They have played dances in the Pacific Northwest and New England and in almost every state in between. Come dance to them in a rare appearance as a duo.

$15/FSGW members $12/under-21, limited income $5

Calling Terms:Larks and Robins

Lesson at 7:00pm, Dance is from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Covid Precautions: Tier 2 – masks and vaccinations encouraged but not required

Saturday 12/9

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
MAND dance with Loretta Kelley

The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers will be featuring Andrea Hoag and Loretta Kelley plus other guest musicians playing Swedish and Norwegian tunes for dancing from their freshly-recorded album “Hambo in the Garden” (release date TBD), Saturday December 9. Listeners also welcome!

Slightly different schedule with dancing first, food and socializing after dancing. Doors will open at 6:30, dancing starts at 7, ending somewhat earlier than usual. Please bring a dish or snack to share for the afterparty. Location: Stephen and Phyllis’ place, Silver Spring, MD; suggested donation: $20. Masks optional; stay home if sick or covid exposure within 7 days; no street shoes please. For location please RSVP to:.

Monday 12/4

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Concert with Nordensong

Nordensong’s album release concert for Song of Aino with special guest (me!). Spectacularly beautiful music with Karl Lundeberg, Laura Hummel, and Loretta Kelley. For tickets: Adult tix $27, children’s tix $22. The new CD will be sold at a special debut price of 2/$15.

Drawing on the history of Scandinavian, Celtic, and American folk music, Nordensong’s rich musical world breathes new life into these ancient traditions. Composer/guitarist Karl Lundeberg has written two albums worth of music featuring his own 12-string guitar, as well as GRAMMY-nominated Loretta Kelley on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and Laura Hummel on Swedish nyckelharpa, resulting in Nordensong’s bold, exciting sound that is a completely new re-imagination of musical eras and genres. Tonight they’re joined by award-winning master fiddler Andrea Hoag (pictured), whose music is “deeply rooted in the Swedish soul” (Falukuriren).

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