2020 Folk Festival Musicians

Orchester Praževica

Orchester Praževica plays high energy dance music drawing on the tradition of Eastern European Czardas and Gypsy Swing, but widely influenced by jazz and blues. Under the direction of Slovak-born and -raised guitarist and singer Tomáš Drgoň, this band delivers honest, authentic and entertaining mix of folklore, jazz, and dance music.

Most Savage Gentlemen

Most Savage Gentlemen is a combination of four multi-instrumental musicians with a variety of musical stylings and backgrounds. Together they create a harmonious blend of rock, funk, hip hop, R&B, folk, go-go, and country.  With four-part harmony and the incorporation of a wide variety of different instruments and sounds, MSG is able to bring a unique flair to their music, whether in covers or originals. They are a variety band that can play music from the 1950’s to modern day favorites--perfect to get the room dancing for any occasion. Known for their high-energy performances and crowd interaction, MSG’s not just another band, but an experience that leaves audiences wanting more.

Naked Blue

Drawing from the Americana tradition and keeping a roots rock sensibility, performing songwriter team Jen and Scott Smith, and their band Naked Blue, have become a mainstay on the singer-songwriter/pop scene. They have released 7 full-length albums and built a devoted following of their songwriting, recordings and performances, Their latest release is an extraordinary collaboration with bestselling author Lee Child based on his iconic Jack Reacher character, entitled Just the Clothes on My Back. 

Scott and Jen's obvious joyous connection on stage and easy rapport with their audience are the hallmark of their performance style; defined by their interwoven guitar work, Jen's instantly recognizable smoky, vulnerable voice and Scott's passionate, impeccable lead guitar. Over the years they've developed a reputation for great songwriting as well; credits include cuts on Evangeline's 'French Quarter Moon' Margaritaville / MCA, Troy Turner's single on Telarc Records and many many tracks in TV and film, including Brooklyn South, The Smokers and The Girl Next Door.

The BIG Little Band

Marc Avon Evans, newly relocated to Takoma Park, hosts the long-running, verging-on-legendary Thursday Night Acoustic Soul open mic and is the very personification of charisma. His elegant baritone vocals exude confidence and honey one moment, sheer sensuality the next, all the while expressing a positive message of community and family. He's truly the SOUL of Baltimore Soul.


"Marc A. Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. Yet amazingly, this son of a vocalist and jazz saxophonist didn't discover his own music until his late teens. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, Evans began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium."

Yasmin Williams

Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect. She has won various local talent shows, was a finalist in the Rolling Stone Young Gun guitar competition, the Grand prize winner of New York University's Ultra Violet Live talent show, and won the Gold Prize in the Instrumental category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. 

She grew up in northern Virginia, where various genres of music, from smooth jazz to hip-hop, were played in her household. She was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2; once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument's versatility. 

Lisa Null

Lisa Null is an a capella singer of traditional songs and ballads who has immersed herself in all aspects of the local folk music scene. After touring nationally and internationally with guitarist Bill Shute in the ‘70s  and ‘80s, she left the road in the early 90s to teach American Musical Life at Georgetown, work at the Library of Congress, and start teaching voice from home. Recently she won a “master singer” grant from the Maryland State Arts Council to work on "Irish Songs of North America" with Peter Brice, a well known button accordion player and singer from Annapolis, to work as her assistant. He will appear as her guest at TPFF along with her partner, Charlie Baum, who has served as stage manager of the Abbott Stage of TPFF for many years. Lisa has three albums, The Feathered Maiden, American Primitive, and Legacies, all available through the Folk-Legacy Collection at Smithsonian- Folkways.

Artists from the Archives

50 Man Machine | www.50manmachine.com


Anna Savage  | www.youtube.com/channel/UCE1nGxkUbk7XWT5x9Zmyr_w


Archie Edwards | www.acousticblues.com  


Bele Bele Rhythm Collective | belebelerhythmcollective.bandcamp.com


Bill Starks | www.billstarksmusic.com


Cecilia Grace | www.ceciliagracemusic.com


Chopteeth | www.chopteeth.com


Cynthia Marie and Sway Trio | www.cynthiamarie.org  


DC Labor Chorus | www.laborheritage.org/dc-labor-chorus/


Drifting Spirits | facebook.com/DriftingSpiritsMusic/


Elikeh | www.elikeh.com


Emma’s Revolution | www.emmasrevolution.com


Eric Scott | www.ericscottmusic.com


Gibraltar Band | instagram.com/kamelzenniaband/


ilyAIMY | www.ilyaimy.com


Karen Ashbrook | www.karenashbrook.com


Kipyn Martin | www.kipynmartin.com


Lea | www.thisislea.com


Little Bit A Blues with Warner Williams and Jay Summerour | facebook.com/LittleBitABlues/


Mark H Taiko | markhrooney.com


Mark Sylvester | marksylvester.net 


Rick Franklin and His Delta Blues Boys | www.hokumblues.com


Rumisonko | rumisonko.com


Ruthie and the Wranglers | www.ruthieandthewranglers.com


SONiA Disappear Fear | www.soniadisappearfear.com


Soumya Chakraverty | www.sarodia.com/generation/soumya-chakraverty/


Tina Eck | www.liltirishmusic.com


Tom O'Connor | www.tomoconnormusic.com

Zan McLeod | www.zanmcleod.com/