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Celebrating our 37th anniversary in 2022, the Folk Club is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the appreciation of music and the preservation of folk traditions. Each Tuesday we host an open mic and/or special monthly events, including concerts and member showcases. Come join us any Tuesday. Whether you choose to listen, perform or both, you’ll find the Folk Club to be a friendly and enjoyable experience you’ll want to repeat.

Every Tuesday at 7:15 pm, Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Elden St, Herndon, Virginia 20170

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May 24th will be our 37th Anniversary! Let’s celebrate our longevity and all the sharing of music! As usual for party nights, we’ll have round-robin open mic entertainment (one song per musical act), free dessert, door prizes, and it’s free (no dollar donation). Bring wrapped-up CD’s that you think other folkies might enjoy. The Folk Club will add CD’s by our recent monthly concert artists.


Folk Club Campout Jamboree Returns!

Nancy and Wayne Truax will hold the Memorial Day Jamboree at The Aerie, their new place on Massanutten Mountain just west of Luray (the old “Berry Patch Inn”). The Aerie’s address is 8727 US 211 West, Luray, VA, 22835. This gives Folk Club fans a chance for three days of socializing and music, from Friday May 27 to Monday May 30. If you plan to attend, please contact Nancy Truax by Wed May 25 at [email protected] or 703-286-9417 and let her know when you plan to be there, how many will be in your party, and how many meals you would like. If you need more information, let her know and she will send you the flyer. Nancy’s preference is that everyone be vaccinated and boosted. Obviously, if you’re sick please stay home. Masks and hand-sanitizer will be available. See the May Newsletter for more information.


We realize that some people are not yet ready to return to a live music situation. That is as it should be – everyone has to decide how best to protect themselves and those in their orbit. To provide a music-sharing opportunity for those who are unable or not yet willing to come to the Amphora, Al Hobson is hosting an open mic on Zoom every other Monday night. The next Alternate Monday Virtual Open Mic is May 16th! Send an email to Al if you are interested ([email protected]) in performing or listening.


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.


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’ve sculpted their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful acoustic roots music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” The hypnotizing groove of the percussive hammered dulcimer and rhythmic clawhammer banjo is the core of their sound. They are joined by the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar.

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May 17th, 7:15 PM at Amphora’s Diner Deluxe

See Al Hobson for tickets.  Members: $12   Non-members: $13

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

– John Lennon

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