The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737



Latest Events for AEBHF

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Latest Events for AEBHF





and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Presents

Eric Byrd, Lea Gilmore, Phil Wiggins

Friday April 11, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Carroll Cafe at Seekers Church
276 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012

Eric, Lea, Phil









Doors open at 7, concert begins at 7:30  
$16 online/$20 at the door

Make Your Reservations Now!

We can only accept pre-paid reservations online. Tickets will still be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

And don't forget the homemade cupcakes and other delicious refreshments made by
Lauren Seat's "Seat at the Table"
available before the show and at the intermission. And don't forget the homemade cupcakes and other delicious refreshments made by
Lauren Seat of "Seat at the Table"
available before the show and at the intermission



The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
M.S.G. In Concert
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8:00pm at the Archie's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Cost is $15










M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio performs traditional Piedmont blues. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker, and Cephas & Wiggins. This band can raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, make you laugh with their witty originals and then make you weep with blues ballads! They all perform with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Band. They have performed at numerous regional festivals including: Blues in the 'Burg, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Artscape, and Bayou Boogaloo. They have also had the honor of performing on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage

Jackie Merritt - harmonica player, is an accomplished visual artist and musician. She performs in several bands: M.S.G. (harmonica, guitar and bones); and Blues Xchange (bass). For three years, she was Phil Wiggins' harmonica teaching assistant at Augusta Heritage Center's "Bluesweek" at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. You can hear her harmonica on the syndicated PBS series "Cultivating Life", which has aired for two years. In July of 2009, Jackie was awarded the honor of being the first recipient of the John Cephas Scholarship created to carry on the study and tradition of Piedmont style guitar at Centrum's Country Blues Workshops, Port Townsend, WA.

Miles Spicer - guitarist, demonstrates the distinctive technique of the Piedmont style. He considers himself fortunate to have known late Piedmont blues greats Archie Edwards and John Jackson, as well as having learned from John Cephas and Michael Baytop. He is currently the treasurer of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. In addition to M.S.G., he also plays with the Riverdale Ramblers Cajun Band.

Resa Gibbs - lead vocalist and percussionist, is known for her warm and soulful sound. A sought-after vocal instructor, she is honored to return to the renowned Country Blues Workshops at Centrum, 2009 (Port Townsend, WA), where she will teach Blues Singing. Resa sang background vocals on Gaye Adegbalola's Bitter Sweet Blues CD, produced by Rory Block and recorded by Alligator Records.

Her latest vocal contribution is on the 2008 CD project by Gaye Adegbalola entitled Gaye Without Shame. This CD is produced by Blues Music Award winner, Bob Margolin. Resa performed with Gaye, Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci and other nominated artists at the 2009 BMA's (Blues Music Awards in Memphis). She also contributed background vocals on award winning singer/songwriter, Julie Clark's debut CD Feel Free and her 2nd CD, Change Your Mind.

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Blues Workshop w Miles Spicer –
"Techniques for Deconstructing and Restructuring
a Song for Your Repertoire"
Sunday, April 27 – 2‐4pm $30

Miles Spicer

The blues form allows for subtle and not-so-subtle variations on playing the songs that form the tradition with a mixture of respect and individual self expression. Although we begin by copying, we can truly emulate the artists we revere only by finding, as they did, our own voices in the music.

This workshop will help musicians break down blues songs, identify the essential elements, and rebuild them according to taste, ability, and style. 

We will study multiple recordings of the same song for clues to the essence. We will then look at ways to craft our own versions that preserve the essence without being a straight copy of any of the previous versions. 

Although I approach songs primarily as a guitarist, the lessons may be applicable to other instrumentalists at a variety of levels. 

Audio and video recording is encouraged.
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In Concert with Lauren Sheehan
Thursday May 8th, 8pm
Donation $10 - $15
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Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, Maryland

Lauren Sheehan

Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording and performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada ever since. From fronting a 9-piece band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship.

Lauren clearly loves and inhabits the music she performs, shape shifting through the moods of the familiar and the obscure, howling with the werewolf and weeping with the willow. Her gifted guitar work, stylistic breadth and vocals are inspired by her study with elders, oral tradition and scholarship. With all of that tradition behind her, she re-creates the intimacy of a back porch, where singing and playing were regular events.

Lauren began playing guitar at 10, discovered traditional, social and dance music in her early 20’s, then jumped into living acoustic blues up at Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in her 30’s, picking up mandolin and banjo along the way.

Recent appearances on NPR, four CDs that charted in the top 20 on folk radio, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, inclusion in the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox project and her most recent accomplishment as guitarist for the CD, The Light Still Burns, companion to the history book Kalamazoo Gals; A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII, attest to her growing significance as an artist, performer and teacher.





Steve JamesSteve James Workshops Sunday April 28th, 2013 Blues/Roots Fingerstyle Guitar in Drop D Tuning

Saturday May 17th, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD

15 participants max

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This handy variation on standard guitar tuning involves lowering the 6th string from E to D and really opens the guitar up for playing in D.  It's a favorite device of Steve's (as in his arrangements for "Milwaukee Blues", "Talco Girl", "Out On The Desert", etc. etc.).  It's also been used by blues greats from McTell to Minnie to Lonnie to name a few.  The workshop will start with a demo of some cool arrangements, two of which will be detailed in the "hands on" portion of the session.  Bring guitar, accessories, notebook (some tab supplied). Slow/fast demos of the music for portable sound recorders are part of the program (but not all of it!).

If STEVE JAMES is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music, it's not because he has a high-power publicist. He has toured internationally and extensively, performing at festivals, concert venues and clubs and offering a variety of music workshops for the sizable "hands-on" contingent in his ferociously loyal audience. In addition, he's created numerous instruction books, print lessons and articles, DVDs and on-line tutorials for guitar, slide guitar and mandolin for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun.











Friday June 27th, 2014
8:00pm, $15
4701 Queensbury Road, Riversdale Park, Maryland

Dom Turner and Phil Wiggins

In June 2014, Australia’s ‘bottleneck’ blues-guitar legend, Dom Turner , of the award-winning Australian blues group ‘Backsliders’ heads to the USA for a series of East Coast shows with very special guest Phil Wiggins, arguably America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso. The pair first met in Dom Turner ’s home town of Sydney during the 1989 ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ Australian tour, and have been friends ever since.
Dom’s blues influences are many and varied, a blend of Delta, Hill Country and Piedmont styles played ‘bottleneck’ finger-style on 6-string and 12-string acoustic, resonator and electric guitars.
Phil is masterful musician and performer in the truest sense and has travelled the world as an ambassador of Piedmont blues. Aside from his masterful harmonica playing, Phil is also a gifted songwriter and teacher and has managed and presented workshops across the US and internationally.
Dom and Phil promise a set-list packed with acoustic Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues as well as original 21st century blues-influenced tunes, all played in classic guitar and harmonica duo mode.
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Friends of the Barbershop



Del ReyHouse Concert with Del Rey
At the Glassie Home
Friday April 11, at 8pm


Please join us for a very special concert with fabulous Del Rey from Seattle - a maestro on acoustic guitar and ukulele - on Friday April 11 at 8:00pm. 

The concert will be at the home of Jeff Glassie and Julie Littell, 6622 Broad Street, Bethesda, Md 20816.  Please make reservations in advance by emailing Jeff at jeffglassie@gmail.comWe request a donation of $20 each.

Del Rey plays concerts world wide and collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and she plays ukulele with Ukeshack . She is featured on Maria Muldaur's cd Sweet Lovin' Old Soul. She has contributed to projects in honor of The Mississippi Sheiks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash. Del Rey has recorded five solo albums, Blue Uke (Hobemian 2008), When The Levee Breaks (Hobemian 2006), X-Rey Guitar (Hobemian 2000), Hot Sauce (Hobemian 1995) and Boogie Mysterioso (Hobemian 1993). In 2003 she released a collection of performances Del Rey:Live.  For more information, see

“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“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
“Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists. “ La Hora del Blues Barcelona

Check this out, uke players: