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The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon

The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon promotes Folk Music in the DC metro area.

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September 13 Showcase – Shenandoah RunFormed in 2011, Shenandoah Run is a DC-based band with a vision—to keep folk music...
09/12/2022

September 13 Showcase – Shenandoah Run
Formed in 2011, Shenandoah Run is a DC-based band with a vision—to keep folk music alive and fresh! Fidelity to this vision has been key to our success. Our performances pay tribute to vintage Americana and contemporary folk music, with a little country thrown into the mix. Our top-notch musicianship and soaring harmonies lend a fresh voice to classic and contemporary folk and Americana music and often entice audiences to join in for that irresistible sing-along.
Shenandoah Run is comprised of founder Bob Melissinos (vocals and guitar), Jill Nelson (vocals, octave guitar, and percussion), Jim Thorne (vocals, guitar, mandolin, and flute), Renee Moyer (vocals and percussion), Leslie Smile (vocals and fiddle), Joe Dickey (banjo), John Werntz (bass), and Ben Hamblin (vocals and guitar). With a winning blend of voices and instruments, our performances attract large, often “sold out” audiences of as many as 1,200 pa-trons. For events such as summer concert series, SR regularly attracts some of the largest audiences the venues have experienced.
Shenandoah Run has become a favorite at a variety of venues in the Greater Washington metropolitan area and beyond. Some of these venues include Jammin Java in Vienna (16 times), Avalon Theatre in Easton (3 times), Creative Cauldron in Falls Church (15 times), Maryland Hall in Annapolis (5 times), The Mansion at Strathmore, The AMP by Strathmore (2 times), Rams Head On Stage (2 times), World Folk Music Association Showcase (4 times), Wash-ington Folk Festival (4 times), Carroll County Arts (4 times), Anne Arundel Concert Commission (3 times), and many others.
In the picture (L to R): Robert Burleson (replaced by Ben Hamblin), Jim Thorne, Jill Nelson, Pam Ferguson (replaced by Leslie Smile), Bob Melissinos, Renee Moyer, Joe Dickey, John Werntz.

08/16/2022

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH: THEME NIGHT – SONGS ABOUT WORK
At this week's open mic, we hope to hear songs with an attitude about work (either positive or negative, doesn’t matter).
There are many possibilities to choose from, and here are a few of the more popular ones: Takin’ Care of Business, She Works Hard for the Money, Five O’Clock World, Take This Job and Shove It, Workin’ Man Blues, A Hard Day’s Night, 9 to 5, Heigh-Ho, Get a Job, Money for Nothing, Whistle While You Work, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Working in the Coal Mine, Sixteen Tons, Working Class Hero, etc.
There are countless others, and our open mic musicians will unearth some and share them with us. Whatever, it’ll all be fun.

August 9 Member Showcase: TM Hanna  I’ll be joined on my showcase by friend and musical cohort Jeff Walthall. We’ve play...
08/05/2022

August 9 Member Showcase: TM Hanna

I’ll be joined on my showcase by friend and musical cohort Jeff Walthall. We’ve played to-gether a few times over the years, as Celtic Union and also as Reckless Kin. After a break of over two years, we are once again performing.
Although I have done showcases in the past, I haven’t done one recently and I originally thought I might just go solo and play as many different instruments as I could in the time allot-ted. I decided against that due to logistics.
I then thought I would gather a number of people, assemble a band and have a party up there on the stage, but decided that would require too much rehearsal. I also considered assembling several people that would each sing a different one of the songs that I’ve written.
After realizing that I have tried all of these on showcases of the past with varying degrees of success, I decided to go with a showcase idea that actually worked fairly well the last time we tried it. Jeff and I will be presenting a few of my favorites from our extensive repertoire. - TM

July 12 Member Showcase: Rich Battaglia   Rich is excited and delighted to be doing the Member Showcase. His creative jo...
07/09/2022

July 12 Member Showcase: Rich Battaglia

Rich is excited and delighted to be doing the Member Showcase. His creative journey has been long, meandering, arduous and continual. Originally from South Philadelphia, music started with second grade clarinet, continuing through middle school orchestra and chorus. He then was recruited to play in a Mummers Parade string band and migrated to sax.
Rich was catapulted into adolescence by the song ‘Do-wah-diddy’ on AM radio. That’s when playing guitar and bass started. The first show he did was at a cub scout meeting, playing Twist and Shout and You Really Got Me with The Locusts. At 14, he joined a working band, The Rockets: Weddings, socials, Bar Mitzvahs, but the best were Draft Parties. That meant no old standards, just Rock & Roll all night. The fact that some poor soul was getting sent off to ‘Nam made the partying all the more intense. Playing with The Rockets lasted till he left for college, where he transitioned into folk songs. Donovan, Dylan, Eric Anderson, Leonard Cohen. Now a solo performer, there were small gigs and jams here and there, and the writing of songs began.
Rich became interested in classical guitar while getting his degree in mathematics at Temple University (graduating NOT magna cm laude, but skinna da teetha). After a two-year break, he enrolled in the Temple College of Music, majoring in composition and guitar. It was nerve wracking and soul freeing. Playing for the string department jury at the end of every semester shredded his nerves, only reversed at the end. But singing with the choral department expanded and widened his musical universe. He was accepted for the elite Concert Choir, and sang with the chorus many times, singing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, both at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall in pieces that included The Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia..
That math degree wasn’t a complete waste: It landed him a job with AT&T. He got transferred to New York and hooked up with the National Improv Theater in Chelsea, where he studied, performed, and taught. He moved to the Washington, D.C., area after he was married and formed the improv troupe Now This! He later taught improv at a few schools and for 10 years has led a neighborhood improv troupe, System One Thinking.
He was also a member of a group of musicians in Garrett Park from 2003 through 2019. They met for jams twice monthly at the Garrett Park Town Hall and did quarterly coffee houses for the community. Many different bands, trios and duets were put together with a strong group of musicians.
Rich helps run the Donoharm Farm Second Saturday concerts, in Germantown MD.
For the showcase, Rich will do a mix of original tunes and covers, both solo and with Ben Hamblin, Ron Goad and John Werntz.

This Tuesday night, June 21 2022, we're presenting The Furnace Mountain Trio in concert. The Furnace Mountain Trio is 3/...
06/19/2022

This Tuesday night, June 21 2022, we're presenting The Furnace Mountain Trio in concert. The Furnace Mountain Trio is 3/4 of The Furnace Mountain Band and consists of Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle and vocals, and Morgan Morrison on guitar and bouzouki.
They’ve performed throughout the world, from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they are the host band of the Watermelon Pickers’ Festival. The trio plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends.
The band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. [https://furnacemountain.com/]
The concert starts at 7:15 pm at the Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170 - tickets $12 ($11 for members) at the door.

June 14 Showcase – Jennifer KattJennifer Katt has been writing and performing music, individually and with others, since...
06/12/2022

June 14 Showcase – Jennifer Katt

Jennifer Katt has been writing and performing music, individually and with others, since the early 80’s. Following the breakup of the classic rock/pop cover band “Full House,” she and two other members and frequent co-writers - Tomm Sibert and Janet Gerber-Salins - reformed as the trio “Bugleweed,” performing their award-winning original tunes in three-part harmony with acoustic instrumentation.
After a successful run in the DC-area folk music circuit, Bugleweed succumbed to members’ shifting life priori-ties, and Tomm and Jennifer once again found a new musical home with “Random Act,” an 8-member high-harmony group featuring a lavish array of instruments and vocal arrangements (think “A Mighty Wind” 😉).
After half of Random Act moved to the West Coast and following some considerable downtime, Jennifer took to writing and performing once again, sometimes with others but often as a solo singer-songwriter, enjoying the intimacy of smaller venues and songwriting circles. Her song themes often feature people who are important to her—aka tribute songs—some of which she plans to perform for this showcase. Jennifer will be joined by Tomm Sibert and their musician son Samm, plus other special guests who have graced the stage of the Amphora.

05/24/2022

Tonight, May 24 2022 – 37th Anniversary Celebration
Join us to celebrate 37 years of sharing acoustic music at our Tuesday night open mic. We’ll have round-robin open mic entertainment (one song per musical act), free dessert, and door prizes (also, it’s free). Bring wrapped-up folk music CD’s that you think others might enjoy; the Folk Club adds CD’s by recent concert artists. See you there.

This Tuesday night we present Ken & Brad Kolodner w/Rachel Eddy. The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave t...
05/15/2022

This Tuesday night we present Ken & Brad Kolodner w/Rachel Eddy. The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo, blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joined forces in 2009 with his son Brad, a renowned clawhammer banjo player. They are joined by the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 - show starts at 7:15 PM (room open after 6 PM) - $13 ($12 members) - Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170 - purchase tickets at the door or by email at [email protected]

MAY 10 MEMBER SHOWCASE – RYAN MURPHY     Ryan Murphy started playing guitar in high school as a creative and emotional o...
05/10/2022

MAY 10 MEMBER SHOWCASE – RYAN MURPHY
Ryan Murphy started playing guitar in high school as a creative and emotional outlet, but rarely played any original songs in public. The appeal was always in the writing of the songs, rather than playing.
During the pandemic, Ryan got back into writing and playing music, and, as restrictions lifted, felt a need to be more social and play in public for the first time in 20 years. To this end, he started playing at the Folk Club open mic nights in March of 2022, joined the Club in April, and won the showcase drawing on the same night as joining.
Ryan grew up listening to a wide range of music, but always enjoyed the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, and Gordon Lightfoot. Otherwise, his preferences have been somewhat contradictory with a great deal of listening to hard rock while playing almost exclusively acoustic guitar, and listening to male vocalists but mostly covering songs by female vocalists.
Other than playing music, Ryan is a psychologist focused on developing questionnaires for use in clinical trials of new medical treatments.
While Ryan has typically played solo at the Folk Club, during the showcase he will be joined by Bill Bowman on bass and Ron Goad on percussion.

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1151 Elden St
Herndon, VA
20170

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7:15pm - 10pm

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(703) 435-2402

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🎼We look forward to performing for The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon on April 19th at Amphora's, 1151 Elden Street, Herndon VA, and we'd love to see you there! (More details at https://folkclubofrestonherndon.org/?page_id=1379)
I have 2 Charlie King albums, happy to gift to someone!

1) "My heart keeps sneakin' up on my head, with Dave and Kay Gordon
2) "Steppin Out," with Martha Leader
Anyone thinking of recording? Digital or analog in NoVa. Cheers!

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This Tuesday, come to the trad concert by Erynn and Carl. Award-winning fiddle and fingerstyle guitar! Songs from the heart and the hills of Appalachia. Tickets available at the Amphora.
Showcase Change - The Folk Club's Dec 7th member showcase was to feature Jennifer Katt, but she is not feeling well. Instead, Jim Thorne (backup winner) will save the day for us and do tonight's showcase - on extremely short notice. He'll be assisted by Ron Goad and John Werntz. His set includes original songs and classics, and celebrates the season.
Jim Thorne is a space scientist and singer/songwriter who hosts a nationwide public-access TV show called "Space Quest with Dr. Jim" and provides educational story songs for the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. He's also a folk and country musician with Shenandoah Run and leads his own band called The Moondiggers to support the Arlington Planetarium. Jim's website: http://www.jimthornemusic.com
Today brings an unexpected opportunity to perform a showcase of six songs at the Reston-Herndon Folk Club's weekly gathering of local musicians. I plan to do some originals and seasonal tunes tonight at the Amphora Restaurant in Herndon, VA. Beware of the Grinch...
In the 11 years we've traveled this country, we've yet to find another room like the Folk Club. Thirty six years and still going strong, this music community is unlike anything else. Love all yall, we'll see you again in three years!
Here is a short video from last weekend's Memorial Day gathering at The Aerie in Luray, VA. Nancy Truax and Greg Vickers sing a Nancy Griffih song.
Late to share but here are my photos from the Folk Club Camp Out hosted at Wayne & Nancy Truax's new home, The Aerie.
Can we get this guy in our club? ;)
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=171723284712646
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