15th Annual Benefit Weekend

Photo by Chuck Morse

Each January, for the last 14 years, the World Folk Music Association has sponsored a exciting folk music extravaganza, bringing together a unique mixture of both well-known and lesser known folk performers. It has always been a wonderful opportunity to see and hear your favorite folk performers as well as become aquainted with new ones. In 1997 the concert was expanded from a single evening in a large concert hall to a full weekend of folk music at one of the best listening rooms in the country:

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More than 45 folk artists were featured at the 15th Annual World Folk Music Association Benefit Weekend, January 14-16, 2000 at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia.

One of the most popular folk events held in the Washington, DC area for over a decade, an extra performance night was added to this year's gala due to the number of performers who returned for this "best of" retrospective of the first 14 years. Shows were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and featured

The Sunday night concert was a special tribute to the late California singer-songwriter. Several past Kate Wolf Award recipients were on hand to participate in this tribute. longtime musical associate of Wolf, received this year's Kate Wolf Award.

New Folk artists, originally scheduled for a Saturday afternoon concert, were instead added to the evening shows.

See pictures of the 15th Annual Benefit Weekend Events:

The Highlights CD is now available.

Give Yourself to Love, A very special CD containing highlights of the 15th Annual Benefit Weekend is now available.