Common Ground on the Hill continues its 2012-13 Concert series with the Walt Michael & Co. Annual Holiday Concert. In one of the most anticipated concerts of the season, Walt Michael & Co. share their wide-ranging repertoire of tunes and songs reflecting the rich musical heritage of the Appalachians. Walt Michael is joined by celebrated musicians Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Ralph Gordon (cello), Tom Wetmore (bass), Barry Mitterhoff of Hot Tuna (mandolin), Evan Stover of Fiddle Fever (fiddle and viola), and Shelley Ensor (vocals). Concerts are Friday, Dec. 7 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church in Baltimore (6200 N. Charles Street, 21212) and Saturday, Dec. 8 at The Carroll Arts Center in Westminster (91 W Main Street, 21157). All concerts begin at 8 PM. A virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael's wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 35 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Walt's many collaborations include works with the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Walt is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College.
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