Carpe Diem Arts Presents Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts and Karen Ashbrook


Carpe Diem Arts free lunch-time performance series presents Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts and Karen Ashbrook, music from Ireland, Belgium and Appalachia. The concert will be held at Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton on January 8 at 12:15-1:00pm.

Maggie’s Music Celtic trio of Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts and Karen Ashbrook presents an engaging, upbeat program of lively jigs, songs and reels on the hammer dulcimer, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin — an upbeat launch into the new year!

Maggie Sansone is one of America’s most well-known hammered dulcimer recording artists and CEO of Maggie’s Music which has produced over 60 recordings. Maggie has received numerous Wammie awards from the Washington Area Music Association, both as a musician and record label. NPR host Fiona Ritchie of “The Thistle & Shamrock” show said “Maggie’s Music has been at the heart of a musical movement that explores American roots and Celtic soul in a great variety of authentic acoustic delights.”

Maggie Sansone (left) with Paul Oorts and Karen Ashbrook.

Belgian-born Paul Oorts performs on harp guitar, 10-string cittern, mandolin and musette accordion. He is equally at home with Celtic, American & European traditions including his native Flemish and French music. He is very active in the world of English, Contra and Vintage dances in the DC-Baltimore area and most often performs with his wife Karen Ashbrook.

For more than 40 years, Karen Ashbrook has been a pioneer and advocate in the development revival of the hammered dulcimer nationally internationally. Karen plays a wide variety of musical styles including Irish, Appalachian, Belgian, English, classical Jewish. She teaches at numerous festivals music camps around the States. With her delicate touch, trademark shimmering lilt ear for authentic ornamentation, Karen is considered one of the finest Irish hammered dulcimer players anywhere. Karen is also proficient on the wooden flute and pennywhistle.

The Carpe Diem Arts performance series at Brookletts Place is presented by Carpe Diem Arts in partnership with the Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place.

The Brookletts concert is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Dock Street Foundation, the Nancy A. Graham Memorial Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and by individual contributions to Carpe Diem Arts and Brookletts Place.

The monthly 45-minute performances (12:15-1:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, September through May 2019) are FREE and open to the public.

Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations.

RSVP: Amanda Brown — 410-822-2869 /

More information: or 301-466-0183, Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore

Other upcoming dates (2nd Tuesdays)

Feb 12 – Junkyard Saints: Celebration of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day
Mar 12 – Josh Dukes & Dylan Foley: Celebration of Irish American Heritage Month & St. Patrick’s Day!
Apr 9 – Fuad Foty and Family: honoring Arab American heritage month
May 7 – Chris Noyes: Songs for Mother’s Day and the Chesapeake Bay

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