Charm City Junction
“They play together as though there was no difference in their
musical backgrounds, and the delight they take in each
other’s musical presence is obvious.”
— Bluegrass Today
The birth of Charm City Junction was a fortuitous and rare aligning-of-the-stars for lovers of American and Celtic roots music. The band members named the group after their beloved Baltimore, and the refreshing material on their self-titled recorded debut on Pawtuxent Records features songs and instrumentals that mix an Irish love for ornamentation with a bluegrass passion for improvisation and an old-time devotion to groove.
The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising young acoustic roots musicians in the country. Patrick McAvinue, the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, has performed and recorded with bluegrass icons Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury, Marty Stuart, Audie Blaylock, Paul Williams and J.D. Crowe. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner, son of world-renowned old-time musician, Ken Kolodner, is greatly admired for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions.
Sean McComiskey, son of legendary button accordionist Billy McComiskey, has been surrounded by Irish Traditional music his entire life and holds a deep appreciation for the rich tradition of which he is a part. His unique harmonic style has earned him a spot in the pantheon of Irish button accordionists. The versatile bassist, Alex Lacquement, who enthusiastically studied upright bass at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, locks everything together with his drive and commanding presence.
Two O’Clock in the Morning:
Charm City Junction shares a burning passion for blazing new trails while respecting tradition. As torchbearers, they send a clear message that the future of acoustic music is in good hands.