The Folk Club is an all-volunteer organization led by an elected Board of Directors.
Other members contribute to the functions of our weekly open mike
nights, and our monthly operations.
Founded in 1985, the Folk Club of Reston/Herndon has
been led by exactly four presidents: Rose Haskell, Larry
Mediate, Ray Kaminsky, and Ben Hamblin -- in that sequence -- and
for the first time ever, they stood together on a Tuesday night in
2015. Thank you all for your service!
In addition to being president for the last several
years, Ben has also taken on the monthly Newsletter this past year
and he is quite frequently our sound engineer on Tuesday nights.
Retired from federal service, Ben and his wife Gail have so far
decided to stay in this area. He admits that a large part of what
keeps him here is his beloved Folk Club.
Treasurer: Dave Hurd
little can keep founding member Dave Hurd from making it over the
mountain to Herndon every Tuesday evening. You will find him at the
first table, first seat, accompanied by his partner in crime, his
wife Beth Drumheller. Dave was honored with a Life-Time
Membership Award at the Folk Club 30th Anniversary Celebration in
May 2015, "For 30 Years of Enthusiastic, Inspired Leadership."
Dave currently manages the monies and our monthly concert tickets.
He is our resident MC on Concert Nights. Dave and Beth also host
the Folk Club Labor Day Camp-Out at their home, the "Double Trouble
Board Member: Sue Beffel
Sue was introduced to folk music by the Weavers at Carnegie Hall
albums. A few years later she went to see Joan Baez, and Joan pushed
some kid from the East Village with a squeaky voice onto the stage
(they were annoyed at first, but the fellow had some catchy lyrics.)
She joined the Folk Club in 1992 to reconnect with her musical roots
after 20 years overseas with the State Department (where she is now
an HR Program Manager). As Sue says about the Folk Club, “I really
started to connect after my first camp-out at Dave Hurd’s. It has
become a second family. My husband Ted Moline and I enjoy the
diversity of music - folk, blues, jazz, singer-songwriter, country
and so forth – and the wonderful people.”
Sue and her husband also enjoy spending time with her daughter in
Baltimore and his kids in St. Petersburg and San Diego, and
volunteering in the community.
Board Member: Bill Davis
Bill plays the guitar and is the founder of the Guys With
Monosyllabic First Names Who Play The Guitar Society – which
is so secret it never meets. He has been a Folk Clubber since the
last night at the Red Caboose (sometime in 1986 or 1987) so he is
very old – but a lot of the songs he sings are older, a lot of the
songs he has written are older too. But singing with Pat Chen as
Somos el Mar most of the time he is younger than the
Somos el Mar has two CDs out and has been working on a
multi disc Holiday CD for the past 4 years. Look for it sometime
before the sun explodes. Bill has three CDs of his own & is always
working on another.
Bill writes a lot of his own songs including some that aren’t so bad
and some that are so bad. How bad is that?
Bill has been a pilot and flight instructor, IT guy, radio engineer,
actor, director, theatre guy. Think of something – I’m
probably interested in it.
Board Member: TM Hanna
Board Member: Sue Schier
Board Member: Ron Goad
What can we say about Ron Goad? Born in an elevator in
Front Royal, Virginia, Ron's had his ups and downs.
Illustrious impresario, prestidigitatious percussionist, and
emcee extraordinaire, Ron has been nominated for the WAMMIE
award for Most Supportive of Washington Music for 4
consecutive years, winning the honor in 2008 and 2009.
Ron was introduced to the Folk Club by Todd Crowley when
asked to sing The Cowardly Lion part in "If I Only Had a
Brain" from The Wizard of Oz,
along with Rex Wood. The trio presented a rough rendition
but got lots of applause anyway, so that kept Ron coming
back for more.
Prior to The Club, Ron was more accustomed to playing
professionally (i.e. - in tuxedos... for real money!).
He thanks the Folk Club and Dan Grove for increasing his
appreciation of nonpaying gigs.
Board Member: Bob Hampton
found the Folk Club in August '02 when he happened upon old friends
Fang and Harny (Chris and Ken Harnage) while eating dinner at the
Tortilla Factory on the night of their Showcase performance.
After visiting on Tuesday evenings for a month or so, he decided
this was a fun place to hang out, and joined The
Club. For several years, Bob served as the editor of the monthly newsletter and also maintained the website
for The Club. He is now taking a well-deserved break.
Bob performs occasionally at Tuesday night open mikes on one of his
collection of guitars. He has worked in the computer field for
the past 30 years, and is currently Director of IT for a local technology firm. When not playing his guitar at home in the evening, he
enjoys bicycling; watching movies, the Science Channel and the
Boston Red Sox; and playing the occasional round of golf.
began attending The Folk Club at about 14 years old - I am currently
28 (as of April 2010 - ed.). Having spent exactly half of my life
attending The Folk Club as many Tuesday's as life would allow, one
tends to grow up a little differently then others of my generation.
Of course being raised by Sue Schier also has its after effects
(namely knowing all the words to almost all of Arlo Guthrie's songs
AND the stories that he tells at his concerts), but The Folk Club
has definitely made its mark upon me. The most important of which
was to give me confidence in my singing ability. Without The Folk
Club I wouldn't have auditioned for any of the musicals or other
shows that I've done since then. Without The Folk Club I would not
have directed Spoon River Anthology nor been a part of the band.
Without The Folk Club I would still be thinking of the words that my
music teacher in High School told me "You should just stick to
dancing - singing is not your forte" Without The Folk Club my life
would have taken an entirely different path - sure, it might have
been just as good as this one - but somehow I doubt it. Life without
song is no life at all. In the words of one of my favorite artists
often sung at the Folk Club - Bill Staines - "I`ve been moved by
some things that I`ve learned; Met a lot of good people and I've
called them friends.....[So] here`s to the friends that I know; And
here`s to the song that`s within me now, I will sing it where`er I
Board Member: Bill
Board member: Jim
mother decided to start Jim's musical journey at age 8 with piano
lessons (though his piano teacher told his mom to save her
money...). Notwithstanding, by his mid-teens Jim had become
proficient enough to join a pop/jazz septet in high school.
By age 24, after starting law school at Oxford, he
decided he needed a hobby, so he bought a banjo and started learning
clawhammer technique. After graduation, however, the demands of his
new career moved music to the sidelines. Then in 2001 he
decided it was time to kick-start his musical hobby once again, so
he took lessons on Celtic guitar, and started attending a local
regular Irish session, before discovering and joining the
Songwriter's Association of Washington (later serving on the board).
In 2005, having recently joined forces with Jim
Johnson as the Harley String Band, he discovered and became attached
to the Folk Club at our old, familiar Tortilla Factory haunt.
It was here that he penned his now (locally) famous song about the
Folk Club, "They Say it Cost a Dollar", a part-homage/part-lampoon
of our good-natured get-togethers, and a few of our more notable (or
In May of 2011, Jim assumed the mantle of booking
agent from our long-time Folk Club friend and major music fan, Chris
Folk Club Website and
Facebook Page: Cheryl Hennessy
was a member and frequent attendee in the late 90s, before moving
out of the area. Over the past decade she had fond memories of
the music and good times, and after recently moving back to the
Reston/Herndon area, was happy to see that the club is not only
still in existence, but thriving! A big fan of live music, she
is still so far just a listener, but hopefully one day will
find the time to learn to play that guitar that's been sitting in
the corner for 25 years, and become an active participant!
You can see from the photo why she's so busy these days.
Grandkids Skylar and Jackson call her "Mom" and are regulars at Folk
Club. Cheryl often tells people that "It takes a village to
raise a child... and The Folk Club is our village."
Membership in the Folk Club is open to all.
The cost is a nominal $15/year, which includes $1 discount on the
recommended donation for each monthly concert, up to 2 donations per
show (see Concerts below).
Folk Club members are also eligible for the monthly showcase
drawings (see Showcase below). Contact club treasurer Dave Hurd (DAHurdSr@cs.com) about
becoming a member.
FOLK CLUB FEATURES:
Most Tuesday nights, the Folk Club is an open mike format with a sign-up board. There are ten performer slots and each performer has 12 minutes, which included set-up time.
A $1 donation is suggested to all audience members, to help defray
operating costs and use of the room.
If any month contains 5 Tuesdays, the 5th Tuesday is
a special, un-amplified, purely acoustic night. It's anb
opportunity to get back to the roots of folk music. Since we
first tried it, it has become immensely popular, so come on out and
give it a listen.
On one Tuesday of the month, the Folk Club hosts a concert featuring a National or Internationally recognized artist.
Getting tickets to Folk Club Concert Events
1. Come to The Folk Club
on Tuesday and buy them
3. Make out a check to "The Folk Club" in the amount of the
tickets you want.
4. Mail it to: David Hurd
110 Devil's Backbone Overlook
Stephenson, VA 22656
5. If you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) the
tickets will be returned to you, otherwise they will be held for
you at the door.
You may request that tickets be reserved in your name and a list
will be maintained, however, we do not guarantee a seat unless
the ticket is paid for (the concert may sell out before you
On the second Tuesday of the month, we feature a “Showcase” of a Folk Club member in a 25-minute performance.
On these evenings, there is a drawing for the next month's showcase
performer. Members are eligible to put their name in the hat
if it they have not performed a showcase in the past 6 months.
The Folk Club publishes a monthly newsletter and Folk Club members
are encouraged to submit performance calendars, classified
advertisements, articles, reviews, artwork and other music related
items to Ben Hamblin (Newsletter@restonherndonfolkclub.com). Information should be received one week before the last day of the month in which you want it published. Items will be published on the basis of music related interest, timeliness, and space available.
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