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Wed, Oct 26


The Clubhouse in Catonsville

Joshua Polak Concert, Fingerstyle Guitar, Folk and Beyond

Josh Polak, well known guitarist, and mandolinist, will perform fingerstyle folk, and Americana music. The concert also features Esther Polak Ma'ara playing Celtic tunes on the tin whistle.

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Joshua Polak Concert, Fingerstyle Guitar, Folk and Beyond
Joshua Polak Concert, Fingerstyle Guitar, Folk and Beyond

Time & Location

Oct 26, 2022, 7:30 PM

The Clubhouse in Catonsville, 10 St Timothys Ln, Catonsville, MD 21228, USA


About the Event

Baltimore native and guitarist Joshua Polak is well known in the local music community. His Guitars of Pikesville music shop specialized in guitars and other stringed instruments. As a house concert promoter, he showcased artists such as Richard Smith, Ron McFarlane, and Robin Bullock. He teaches guitar, repairs instruments, performs, and brightens the days of listeners - from coffee shops to senior living establishments to community jams and Irish sessions. He is a prolific YouTuber, having posted over 900 music and spoken word videos. His accomplished fingerstyle guitar playing spans genres from folk to classical, Americana, Irish, and Ladino. Joshua's thoughtful explorations of the world around us, as well as inside us, are the subjects of his "Old Man Speaks" videos. His Catonsville Clubhouse concert will feature a mix of guitar styles. The concert will also feature his daughter, Esther Polak Ma'aravi.

Esther plays Celtic music on the tin whistle and is accompanied by her father Josh. Traditional music from Ireland and Scotland is by far the most common music played on the tin whistle. So common in Irish music it is considered characteristic of the genre. In 1973, Paddy Moloney (of The Chieftains) and Sean Potts released the album Tin Whistles, which helped to popularise the instrument. Irish rock bands (The Cranberries, The Pogues) and American Celtic punk bands (Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly) feature the tin Whistle. At the Clubhouse concert, we will hear jigs, reels, polkas, and other forms.   

$10 Donations are accepted at the door or online to support the artists are greatly appreciated. 

About the Venue: The Clubhouse is a 100-seat, intimate performance space located in the heart of the Catonsville Arts District. Recently acquired, it is owned and operated by the Baltimore County Arts Guild and serves as a center of the arts in Baltimore County. Additional classrooms provide space for classes and workshops.

This program is made possible in part by the Citzens of Baltimore County, the Catonsville Arts District, Baltimore County Arts Guild, and the Maryland State Arts Council


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