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  • Tickets are now on sale for the "Aloha" Concert on September 26, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, MD.  This fall Doris Justis will be retiring and relocating to Hawaii.  Don't miss your last opportunity to see in concert.  Doris and Sean will be joined by three of the best instrumentalists around, Paul Prestopino, Bob Hefferan and Ron Greenstein.  And other friends of will drop in to join in the celebration, including and a very special surprise guest!  You can find all the details here.
     
  • Photo of DVD Cover The long awaited Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert DVD is now available! This two-disc DVD set contains the entire Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert, November 15, 2014 with performances by Tom Paxton, Side by Side, the Gaslight Singers and of course, The Chad Mitchell Trio. More details can be found here.
     
  • Plan to join us on the second Sunday of each month (at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted) for our "WFMA Showcase at El Golfo."   is a Latin American restaurant, located at 8739 Flower Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD.  Our goal is to bring you performers who have been favorites at our events over the years and introduce new performers to you as well.  So far our showcases have featured some wonderful artists and everyone has enjoyed the fine food, service and music.


     

  • picture of Dick Cerri Have you spent your Sunday nights wishing you could still listen to Dick Cerri’s “Music Americana?”  For many of us, Sunday nights were devoted to listening to the music that Dick (and the rest of us) loved.

    Now, thanks to the efforts of one of Dick’s biggest fans, Mike Marmer, we can listen to the music, interviews, folk quizzes, and commentary that we all enjoyed when Dick was on the air.  Mike has made available a sampling of Dick’s shows online.  You can find more information here.

  • An Evening with the Chad Mitchell Trio and Friends: The Farewell Concert

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    On Saturday, November 15 we presented the last U.S. performance by  Aside from a cruise in March of 2015, this was the very last opportunity to hear the music of this trio that has delighted audiences for over 50 years.  This final concert was held at the beautiful Betheda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in downtown Bethesda, MD.  There were some special surprises and of course, time to remember and celebrate the life of Father Joe.  While no one could take Joe Frazier's place, Ron Greenstein, who has played bass for the trio since 2009 and has been filling in for Joe on vocals since 2011, joined Chad and Mike for the concert.  Also sharing in this celebration were and the Gaslight Singers.
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  • Our June 1, 2013, Benefit Concert for Madison House Autism Foundation was an amazing evening of music.  Madison House specializes in support for young adults with Autism.  This concert was different from our past benefit concerts in several ways.  First, the majority of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Madison House.  And second, we presented fewer performers, so that the audience could enjoy more music from each of the artists participating in the show.  Some of the most well known artists in folk music joined us for this benefit concert:  The concert took place at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of MD in College Park.
     
  • Photo of Tom Rowe A group of WFMA fans ventured north to Maine to attend Remembering Tom Rowe: A Celebration in Song on May 11, 2013, in Auburn, ME.  This concert, organized by Tom's son Dave, featured The Dave Rowe Trio, Schooner Fare, The Squid Jiggers, Don Campbell (with his wife Tanya), Danny Quinn and our own Side by Side.  It was a wonderful evening of music.  Photos of the weekend will be posted here soon.
     
  • A capacity crowd enjoyed the smooth sounds of The Brothers Four in this very rare East Coast appearance by one of the premier folk groups of all time.  Their set included such Brothers Four classics as "Greenfields," "The Green Leaves of Summer," "Yellow Bird," and their powerful "Train Song Medley."  Other folk standards included in the set were "This Land is Your Land" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?".  The audience was delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy their music and gave The Brothers Four an enthusiastic standing ovation at the conclusion of their performance.  Mary Cliff, host of Traditions on WAMU, served as MC for the evening.  Side by Side, Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, provided an entertaining opening set that included many fan favorites, including "Ready for the Storm" and "Afternoon Delight."
     
  • We have added a new feature to the WFMA website.  Visit our Musical Notes page to see current items of interest to the DC area folk music community.  The current notes include:
    • One of our members is interested in selling his collection of folk LPs.
    You can find all the details on the Musical Notes page.
     
  • The WFMA Store is now Online. WFMA products may now be ordered online using a major credit card. New WFMA "Friends of Folk Music" memberships can also be processed through the online WFMA Store. New members will receive a free gift: Give Yourself to Love, a special CD containing highlights of the 15th Annual WFMA Benefit Weekend.
     

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