Ken and Brad Kolodner at Bass Hall

Music in Bass Hall presents the father-son duo of Ken and Brad Kolodner playing a concert of Appalachian folk music at Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, NH, on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Long established as one of the masters of the hammered dulcimer,  Ken Kolodner is also an accomplished fiddler. He uses both instruments to explore the intricacies of traditional Appalachian music. A rising star on the clawhammer banjo, Ken’s son 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, Brad Kolodner, who is 26,  has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo.  Clawhammer banjo is experiencing a rebirth in American folk music,  and Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher,  DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader and ambassador for Old-Time music.

When musical masters immerse themselves in a musical tradition, in this case Appalachian music, one expects the result to evoke the core and the spirit of that music. What is exciting about hearing Ken and Brad play this music is the degree to which they can honor the tradition, yet introduce new, innovative, and energizing elements that reinforce its purity. Expected to be dazzled by some stellar musical pyrotechnics!

Admission is $18 / $15 for Monadnock Center members, seniors, and students. Reservations may be made online at, or by calling 603-924-3235.

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