Presenting and Supporting Folk & Acoustic Music
in the Washington, DC Area

Upcoming Shows

    • Sunday, February 06, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    This is a FREE afternoon of fun, friends, and great music. Because of the format as a Zoom meeting, a FREE ticket is required.

    As with almost everything right now this too will be virtual, but we're hoping you'll join us for the Focus annual meeting: your chance to take part in the decision-making behind the local organization that provides the live music you love all year long. We're also going to have a number of LIVE performances in the form of the annual FocusMusic open mic / jam. If you'd like to participate, please email rob Hinkal for details at rob@ilyaimy.com.

    We'll start with a quick business meeting to recap the past year and plan for the one ahead.  Meet the people who put on the shows.  Participation is open to all, but advance registration IS REQUIRED. Feel free to offer opinions, suggestions and insights.  If you'd like, find out how you can get involved throughout the year.  Then it's time for the "open jam", an informal song circle featuring a bevy of favorite local singer-songwriters, as well as some up-and-coming performers destined to be featured in future Focus shows.




    • Saturday, February 12, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Registration details will be EMAILED along with a receipt (two separate emails). If you do not receive that email - please check your spam folder. If you still cannot find details contacting tickets@focusmusic.org.

    His songs are witty and insightful. On smaller stages to intimate audiences or large stages to festival audiences, he always holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. - Eleanor McEvoy

    Enda Kenny is an Irish-Born songwriter who has made his home in Melbourne, Australia since the late 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with festival audiences all over Australia and are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. Proud to sing of where he lives rather than where he left, he continues to grow his international audience with recent trips to Germany, Holland, UK, NZ and Canada.

    After a decade of juggling performance with a career in Public Housing, the release of Heart Tattoo allowed a return to full-time music in 2013. His engaging performances have been captivating UK festival audiences every summer since then and he is continuing to grow his reputation as a cracking solo entertainer.

    A multi-award winning songwriter and twice winner of the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award, Enda's recent compositions highlight his quirky sense of humour and add to an already impressive catalogue of songs which led Colum Sands to describe him as "the finest Irish songwriter living overseas".

    More info about Enda Kenny at www.endakenny.com.au

    Twin Flames

    Indie rock, synth rock, and folk-pop are just a few of the ways critics have tried to label the music of Twin Flames. It isn’t an easy task and really, labels only serve the needs of those who choose to employ them. From the beginning, husband and wife duo Chelsey June and Jaaji have chosen to let their music speak for itself and when considered alongside the nearly 30 various music awards and nominations they have accumulated over the past six years as Twin Flames, it is obvious they have something special going on.

    More about Twin Flames here : twinflamesmusic.com


    • Saturday, March 19, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Olney Theatre - 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD 20832
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    Co-sponsored by Uptown Concerts,  WFMA & SAW, the Reba Heyman Tribute Concert will occur on March 19, 2022 at the Olney Theater in Olney, Maryland. Fourteen acts will be there to celebrate Reba: Stephanie Corby, Ronny Cox, Terry Gonda and Kirsti Reeve, Lara Herscovitch, The Kennedys, Kate McDonnell, Dan Navarro, Tom Prasada-Rao, Jenny Reynolds, SONiA disappear fear, LisaBeth Weber, Annie Wenz and Jack Williams.

    Tickets are $25 in advance ($25 at the door to members, $35 at the door to non-members, day-of pricing for the virtual ticket : $35) and include a video of the event which can either be viewed Live if you're not feeling comfortable being at an in-person show, or watched in post to relive the show! 

    COVID restrictions updated as-of 1/13/22 per Olney Theatre :

    PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED AT INDOOR PERFORMANCES

    Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required to attend for all patrons. Exemptions may be made for those who are not vaccinated, such as children under 5, people with certain medical conditions preventing vaccination, or those with closely held religious beliefs. These patrons must provide proof of a timely negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within six hours of showtime.

    Along with a photo ID, please be prepared to show one of the following proofs of vaccination:

    You may present either your original vaccine card, a legible digital or hard copy

    You may present one of the commonly used vaccine passport apps that verify both your vaccination status and i.d. such as Health Pass, Bindle, VaxYes

    Digital vaccination cards through your home Health Department (check with your state/county’s Health Department if not listed here): Maryland, DC, Virginia

    IF you’re even feeling a little tickle at the back of your throat, better safe than sorry, please stay home and tune into our Live webcast of the evening. This will be viewable for ALL ticket holders after the event as a thank you for attending the show!

    Many thanks to our co-sponsors for this show! In no particular order - the folks at Songwriters Association of Washington (saw.org), World Folk Music Association (WFMA.net) and Uptown Concerts (uptownconcerts.com) have provided invaluable support financially, logistically and with their staff. Thank you all!


    • Saturday, March 26, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Focus Mount Vernon - St. Aidan's Episcopal Church 8531 Riverside Road Alexandria, VA 22308
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    Tickets are $20 in advance ($20 at the door to members, $25 at the door to non-members, virtual tickets purchased day-of are also $25) and include a video of the event which can either be viewed Live if you're not feeling comfortable being at an in-person show, or watched in post to relive the show! 

    We request that all attendees be vaccinated and be prepared to show vaccination status for admission (or a negative COVID test dated within the past 72 hours). Additionally, we require that the audience and staff wear masks at all times inside the building unless actively eating or drinking. We thank you for complying with what we’ve determined to be best for our community. IF you’re even feeling a little tickle at the back of your throat, better safe than sorry, please stay home and tune into our Live webcast of the evening. This will be viewable for ALL ticket holders after the event as a thank you for attending the show!

    Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”

    — Tom Paxton

    Anne Hills is one of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistry and benefit work. Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has been a certified folk classic since the late 1990s. Whether she is singing her own songs, the words of six-year-old Opal Whiteley, or her song settings of the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. You won’t want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person. She tours extensively, winning over audiences with her warm, lively and humorous performances. (And if you love her writing, be sure to check out her “Haiku a Day” shared via her Facebook page!) The AllMusic Guide says, “A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary music’s premiere vocalists … Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft.” and Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”

    Hear more from Anne at: www.annehills.com.

    Anne will be accompanied by Al Power:
    By day, Al Power is G. Allen Power, MD, an acclaimed board certified internist and geriatrician. At night, answering the call of the bat signal, he puts on his singer-songwriter costume and takes out his super-powered guitar. That's led to three recordings including Life Worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them. His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families."

    Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, singer-songwriter in Northern Virginia by way of Central New York, where she was trained in classical violin from the age of three. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, she took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing and performing her own music. In 2019, she began playing songs she had only started writing a few months earlier at an open mic and has been on a tear ever since, winning awards and releasing her debut EP in June 2020. She plans to begin work on an acoustic and full-length album in 2021.

    More atjillianmatundan.com

    • Sunday, April 03, 2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • Gaithersburg Arts Barn - 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878


    • Saturday, April 30, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Focus Mount Vernon - St. Aidan's Episcopal Church 8531 Riverside Road Alexandria, VA 22308
    Register

    Tickets are $35 in advance ($35 at the door to members, $40 at the door to non-members, virtual tickets purchased day-of are also $40) and include a video of the event which can either be viewed Live if you're not feeling comfortable being at an in-person show, or watched in post to relive the show! 

    We request that all attendees be vaccinated and be prepared to show vaccination status for admission (or a negative COVID test dated within the past 72 hours). Additionally, we require that the audience and staff wear masks at all times inside the building unless actively eating or drinking. We thank you for complying with what we’ve determined to be best for our community. IF you’re even feeling a little tickle at the back of your throat, better safe than sorry, please stay home and tune into our Live webcast of the evening. This will be viewable for ALL ticket holders after the event as a thank you for attending the show!

    Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a "prairie mystic" by the Boston Globe and one who "asks all the right questions" by Rolling Stone Magazine. Carrie has 19 nationally released albums on Available Light & Concord/Rounder Records including Until Now, The Point of Arrival and The Beautiful Not Yet. Newcomer has released three books of poetry & essays, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays, The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems and Essays & Lyrics, and Until Now: Poetry by Carrie Newcomer.


    More about Carrie Newcomer at www.carrienewcomer.com


Monday (Virtual) Open Mic Showcases hosted by Rob Hinkal

For now at least, our Monday night open mic has moved to a Virtual Format. Tune in every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm (ET) on either Facebook or Youtube to catch a rotating whirl of musicians and poets and storytellers.

Focus sponsors the Teavolve Open Mic every Monday evening with host rob of the band ilyAIMY and we are honored to have a weekly helping of some of the best local and traveling singer/songwriters, musicians, poets and random whathaveyous all in one spot.

We have a featured artist somewhere in the middle of the night (LIKE the Facebook page for constantly updated listings) for whom we pass a tip pitcher (please be generous) but otherwise the show is free. The drinks are great and the food's even better. The night is videoed and recorded and archived on YouTube.

More information at ilyaimy.com.

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