Plan to join us on the second Sunday of each month for our "WFMA Showcase at El Golfo."
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.
Unfortunately our December showcase had to be cancelled because of the weather.
All three performers have been booked for future showcases.
will appear on February 9,
on March 9 and
on April 13.
In the mean time, please plan to join us for our 1st Anniversary Showcase on January 12, 2014, featuring
a reunion concert by
(David Buskin, Rob Carlson & George Wurzbach).
You can find more information about the showcase series here.
It is with a great deal of sadness that we report that
WFMA Founder and Past-President. Dick Cerri, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 1913.
Dick, along with Tom Paxton, founded the organization in 1982 and was the guiding force behind WFMA for 29 years.
Under Dick’s leadership, WFMA sponsored a wide variety of events in support of its mission to bring performers and fans together in ways that support the intimate nature of the folk tradition.
In addition to the annual Benefit Concerts, WFMA has sponsored monthly showcases, group travel to see performances around the country and many unique events in the Washington, DC area.
Through these activities and his radio show, Music Americana, Dick introduced many Washington area fans to the music of his favorite artists, to the delight of fans and performers alike.
There are countless performers who owe there success in the Washington, DC area to Dick, and countless fans who are grateful to Dick for having been introduced to new and exciting folk performers.
Dick will certainly be missed by the entire DC area folk music community.
There will be no memorial service for Dick at this time, but WFMA will plan a concert in tribute to Dick and many of Dick's favorite performers have already indicated a desire to participate.
We will post more details here when they become available.
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.
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.
Our WFMA "House Concert" on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the home of Bruce Cohen, in Silver Spring, MD,
was a wonderful evening of music.
The 100+ degree temperature did not discourage folks from getting out to enjoy this very talented musician.
delighted audiences at both our 15th Annual Benefit Weekend in 2000, and our 18th Annual Benefit Weekend in 2003.
And Jack did not disappoint the fans that braved the heat to come out to hear him.
Jack’s music was shaped by a 50+ year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit.
And as an added feature, a Silver Spring artist, Ryan Eicher, exhibited his intricate and colorful pendants of blown glass.
The long awaited
Tom Paxton Celebration DVD is now available!
This DVD contains highlights of the Tom Paxton Celebration Concert, May 3, 2008 and
includes performances by Tom Paxton, The Chad Mitchell Trio,
Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey,
The Limeliters, Christine Lavin, Ann Hills, Carolyn Hester
and Side by Side.
More details can be found here.