15th Annual Benefit Weekend
Tribute to Kate Wolf
Sunday, January 16, 2000
The Sunday night Tribute to Kate Wolf featured several past recipients of the WFMA Kate Wolf Award and two 'New Folk' performers.
Opening the show was the Washington area's own
Lee Michael Dempsey (above) then introduced the 1996 Kate Wolf Award recipient from New York City,
Jack's set included his thought provoking song, I Ought to Know, and a haunting rendition of Kate Wolf's song Unfinished Life, with backup vocals by his two daughters.
Sonny Ochs (above left), sister of the late Phil Ochs, then introduced
on guitar (above) and Robin Bateau on violin (below), sang several of his old favorites and a short new song about Jerry Fallwell and the Teletubbies.
then made the presentation of the 1999 Kate Wolf Award to
Nina performed one instrumental number and then was joined on stage by Mollie O'Brien, who did several songs with Nina.
1990 Kate Wolf Award recipient
ended the first half and, accompanied by
did several songs including Kate Wolf's In China and a Woman's Heart.
talks with fans (above), CD sales are brisk (below left) and Henry Lefkowitz wastes no time introducing his son James to folk music (below right).
Before the second half began, Maureen Harrigan drew the final raffle ticket of the weekend (left) and Terry Fowler, the husband of the late Kate Wolf, thanked everyone for remembering Kate and her music.
Opening the second half was 1991 Kate Wolf Award recipient Robin Batteau. Robin got a little help from Mollie O'brien (right) before finishing his set with the song he wrote after Kate's death, Never Cry Wolf.
the 1994 Kate Wolf Award recipient, was up next, also accompanied by
Mary Cliff, host of the WETA-FM radio program, Traditions, then introduced local Washington, DC area performer
Singing with Steve was
Steve's set included Kate Wolf's Across the Great Divide.
1997 Kate Wolf Award recipient (and brother of
brought the evening to a wonderful conclusion.
After Tom's set, the stage went dark and the sound of Kate Wolf singing Give Yourself to Love filled the Birchmere Music Hall as all of the evening's performers came back on stage for the finale.
See pictures of the Friday and Saturday night shows, or go back to the Benefit Festival page.