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  • Photo of Joe Frazier It is with a great deal of sadness that we report that our good friend, Joe Frazier, of the Chad Mitchell Trio, passed away on Friday, March 28.  He had been dealing with health issues for quite some time.  Joe was a member of the trio from 1960 through 1967 and rejoined the trio when they reunited at the first annual WFMA Benefit Concert, in 1986.  His last appearance with the trio was at a WFMA concert in April, 2011.  Since then he has continued to perform occasionally in Big Bear Lake, CA, where he lived.  He will be missed by his many friends and fans.
     
  • Plan to join us on the second Sunday of each month 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.

    Our next showcase will be June 8, at 7 pm. and will feature  More information can be found here.
     

  • Photo of Dick Cerri As many of you know, WFMA Founder and Past-President, Dick Cerri, passed away on October 3, 2013.  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 was no memorial service for Dick at the time of his death, but WFMA is planning a concert in honor of Dick for Sept. 27.  Many of Dick's favorite performers have already indicated a desire to participate.  We will post more details here when they become available.
      Photo of June 1 Finale

  • 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.
     
     
  • Photo of DVD Cover 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.
     

  • 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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