WFMA's monthly Showcase Series is held at
an outstanding restaurant in downtown Bethesda, MD, just 3 blocks from the Bethesda Metro (and with plenty of FREE parking on Sundays).
These showcases are normally held on the second Sunday of each month (at 7 PM unless otherwise noted).
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.
Washington Metro Oasis has added three "Folk Song Sing-Alongs" to their
Winter/Spring 2019 catalog.
If you are ready for a
good old-fashioned Hootenanny, join
Judy Jonas, who will lead the sing-alongs of old favorites like: "This Land is Your Land," "If I Had a Hammer," "Little Boxes," "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore" and other folk tunes from the Rise Up Singing songbook.
The sessions will be held from 3:15 to 4:30 on January 24, February 28 and March 28 at Oasis in the Macy's Home Store (2nd floor) at Montgomery Mall.
All are welcome regardless of experience or level of ability.
Lyrics will be provided and bring an instrument if you wish.
You can register now for these sessions on the Oasis website.
Our good friend Jeannie Brand was featured on the August 18, 2018 edition of the So Important! podcast on PodBean.
Jeannie talked about her experiences growing up as the daughter of the legendary folk singer Oscar Brand,
who was not only a prolific song writer and performer in his own right, but he also played a critical role in helping to launch the careers of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and countless other great performers.
Jeannie discusses Oscar's close association with WFMA and mentions our tribute concert, Remembering Oscar Brand held on October 29, 2017.
Take a listen, and if you find it interesting, you might also enjoy reading more about Jeannie's experiences in her recently published memoir,
The Folk-Singer's Daughter.
You can find it at Amazon.
We would like to pass on some information about an upcoming opportunity you won't want to miss.
In April of 2019 one of our favorite groups,
will host a tour of scenic Ireland.
What could be better than combining the sights of Ireland with the music of
Check out the details at the
and reserve your spot today!
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, we had the honor of presenting
the legendary singer-songwriter
David Mallett at Positano Ristorante Italiano in Bethesda, MD.
The concert sold out well in advance and David delighted the audience with his classic songs, earning him multiple standing ovations.
David is one of America’s true original troubadours.
In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic "Garden Song" [Inch by Inch, Row by Row] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe.
He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.
You can find all the concert details here.
We are excited to be able to offer three new items by
in our online store.
We now have available the outstanding, The Chad Mitchell Trio: Then and Now 3 DVD Set, which contains footage from several of the
Trio's early 60s TV appearances, as well as the 1987 Reunion Concert with John Denver, and more recent concerts in Spokane, WA and Bayfield, WI.
Also available are the The Chad Mitchell Trio: Then and Now Scrapbook and a CD single, "The George Bush Society."
Also available for the first time in the WFMA Store are 10 CDs by
On June 25, 2016 we had the honor of presenting
in an intimate, house concert setting at the home of Bruce Cohen, in Silver Spring.
In the 60s, Pie was a member of the
The Pozo Seco Singers,
whose recording of "Time" reached #1 in major markets throughout the US.
The Pozo Seco Singers,
Pie's solo career
included the release of several CDs, most notably the critically aclaimed
So Little Has Changed, in 2008,
and her being inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
gave a wonderful, intimate performance, with a short opening set by local singer-songwriter, Len Jaffe.
You can find out more about the concert here.
Side by Side Aloha Concert on September 26, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center
in Rockville, MD was an amazing evening of music.
This was the last opportunity to see
in concert before Doris Justis retires and moves to Hawaii.
Doris and Sean were joined by three of the best instrumentalists around, Paul Prestopino, Bob Hefferan and
And other friends of
dropped in to join in the celebration, including two-time Grammy Award winner,
our "special surprise guest,"
and, as a complete surprise to Doris and Sean,
An Evening with the Chad Mitchell Trio and Friends: The Farewell Concert
On Saturday, November 15, 2014 we presented
the last U.S. performance by The Chad Mitchell Trio.
Aside from a cruise in March of 2015, this was the very last opportunity to hear the
music of this trio that has delighted audiences for over 50 years.
This final concert was held at the beautiful Betheda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in downtown Bethesda, MD.
There were some special surprises and of course, time to remember and celebrate the life of Father Joe.
While no one could take Joe Frazier's place, Ron Greenstein, who has played bass for the trio since 2009 and has been filling in for Joe
on vocals since 2011, joined Chad and Mike for the concert.
Also sharing in this celebration were
and the Gaslight Singers.
- 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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