16th Annual Benefit Weekend

Photo by Chuck Morse

Each January, for the last 15 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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The Birchmere was again the site for the 16th Annual WFMA Benefit Weekend, on January 12-13, 2001. The Benefit Weekend featured performances by Buffy Ford Stewart, Jeff MacDonald and

There were two concerts this year. The Friday, January 12th concert featured a tribute to singer-songwriter and the weekend concluded on Saturday night, January 13, with another outstanding lineup of folk performers. Another highlight of the weekend was a special Saturday afternoon video presentation featuring early television appearances by first as a member of the Cumberland Three, then with and finally as a solo performer.

See photos of the Friday night Tribute to John Stewart.
See a photo of the Saturday afternoon John Stewart video showing.
See photos of the Saturday Night concert.
See some great photos of the concerts taken by California Roadman, Howard Bruensteiner
View a video taken at the concert on YouTube