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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday July 7, 2016

Placeholder imageThe Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Jim Groves.

The event will be held monthly on the first Thursday from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. 

If you have a song or three to share with others, original or otherwise, stop in and show your stuff.














Del Rey Uke Workshop

Blues Ukeule Workshop with Del Rey
Monday July 18, 2016 at 8pm
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD
$30 for the workshop
Contact Gina DeSimone for registration



Moveable chords in the Blues

You already know alot of chords: you may not realize just how many! The sound of certain postions suit blues and jazz music and this class will show you how to use the same positions to play in different keys. You'll learn the difference between 6th, major 7th and 7th chords and be able to find them in several positions in all keys. $30





Special Tuesday Night Concert with the great Del Rey
Tuesday July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Cost is $15

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Del Rey is virtuosic on both ukulele and guitar in just the right way-in order to realize her musical ideas. From her first gig at the San Diego Folk festival in 1974, to her world travels today, she has played music that is slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. Her distinctive arrangements of songs like Creole Belles (a 1904 ragtime piece performed on the ukulele) or a tribute to guitarist Memphis Minnie, bring vintage sounds to contemporary ears in an engaging manner.


“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"The 'ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship" CD Baby

"Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills ... it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour." Blues In Britain

“To listen to Rey is to abandon all hope of ever viewing the world in the same comfortable way.” Dirty Linen Magazine




Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop

Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:

Tenor Uke

  • You have a ukulele but don’t know what to do with it
  • You want to play music that makes you smile
  • You need something to challenge your mind and keep it young
  • You like to have fun and play well with others
  • It’s just plain fun

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month playing music from many different genres

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737 Three blocks from the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Ave).

Cost: Free (donations are accepted and encouraged)

For more information send an email to




10th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative

Roni Stoneman, The Ebony Hillbillies, Sam Gleaves
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer

Concert: Saturday, July 9, 2016    7:30pm
The Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305

Workshops: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Airshow, Takoma Park, MD

Ten years ago, banjo master, folk collector, performer and mentor, Mike Seeger, helped launch The Old Time Banjo Festival at the Birchmere.  Mike Seeger (1933-2009) collected audio and video recordings of old time banjo players and mastered many of those styles leaving behind thousands of hours of old timers playing, singing, and his own instructional and entertaining recordings. We honor Mike annually, who helped originate the Old Time Banjo Festival and performed in its first three years.

This year’s festival highlights four different acts. Roni Stoneman, star of  television’s “Hee Haw”, began her career at the age of four, performing with the Stoneman Family at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.  She’s a consummate banjo player, singer, comedienne and entertainer.  At 78 years of age, she hasn’t lost her effortless style, love of a great song and dedication to her audiences.

Sam Gleaves, by contrast, is just making his way onto the music scene at 23 years of age. He learned traditional music from his grandmother and from friends and family in Wytheville, VA. A graduate of Berea College, he lives in Kentucky collecting ballads, tunes and stories. Sam’s debut album, “Ain’t We Brothers”  was favored on NPR, Rolling Stone’s Country pages and No Depression Magazine.

Ebony Hillbillies

The Ebony Hillbillies are reviving a lost art form and American legacy of the black string-band. The ensemble led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) and Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals)-- featuring Gloria Thomas Gassaway on vocals and bones, William “Salty Bill” Salter on acoustic bass with A.R. and Newman Taylor Baker on washboard and percussion--creates an untamed and joyful vibe that echoes across the generations and transcends all racial and cultural boundaries. They were included in the BBC Documentary- Blues America featuring Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and Chuck D.

Cathy Fink, GRAMMY winning artist and three-time winner of the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo Contest, hosts the event. Nat Hentoff said, " Her sound, phrasing, and resilient time combine with a compelling presence." Cathy is joined by 

Marcy Marxer, a string wizard of ridiculous versatility. After Mike Seeger introduced Marcy to the four-string cello banjo, Marcy re-invented that early 20th century instrument to fit into old time string band, ragtime, calypso and classical music. She also plays the tenor banjo and banjo ukulele.

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Limited to 40 folks. $30 for adults, $10 for kids under 12

Sunday, July 10
Airshow, 7014-C Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park MD 20913

RONI STONEMAN – 12pm-2pm

EBONY HILLBILLIES – 2:15pm-4:15pm

To register, email:


10th Annual Old Time Banjo Festival




Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation Presents
"In the Garden with Gaye"

Featuring Gaye Adegbalola
At the Historic Henderson House
Sunday July 31, 2016
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost is $30 advance seating only

Gaye Adegbalola at Tinner Hill



The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is keeping East coast acoustic folk blues alive.  Through weekly Saturday jams, performances, workshops, exhibits, and lectures, AEBHF carries on the educational tradition of celebrated Piedmont blues artist Archie Edwards. 


You can mail us donations or information to the following address:
The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 10124
Washington, D.C. 20018


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