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Anders Fahey is a versatile banjoist, guitarist, arranger, music educator, and trained ethnomusicologist who initially moved out to Washington DC in 2012 to pursue an internship at Smithsonian Folkways and has since been deeply involved in DC’s performing arts scene. Margaret Wasaff began her musical career in Asheville, NC and has since taken DC by storm as a celebrated and prolific singer-songwriter. Along with award-winning multi-talented percussionist Manny Arciniega, Fahey and Wasaff form the DC-based folk fusion trio Ballad’ve, an ensemble that intertwines close vocal harmonies with finger-style guitar, blues banjo, and a range of rhythmic stylings from across the globe. Ballad’ve draws its musical influences from the shape-note singing tradition, early blues, old-time, and such modern popular artists as Gillian Welch, Anais Mitchell, and Elliott Smith.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/15/2017: Songs for Hope: A D.C. Tribute to Pete Seeger

Songs for Hope: A D.C. Tribute to Pete Seeger is an evening of songs from and inspired by the life, work, and music of Pete Seeger, featuring performances from local artists Jonny Grave, Laura Schwartz, Ballad’ve, Elena Lacayo, Candice Mills, and others.

In conjunction with the ticketed Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend taking place in the Concert Hall at 8 p.m.

Video 3/16/2014: Songs and Seeds: A Tribute to Pete Seeger

This concert celebrating the life of the late legendary folk singer Pete Seeger is hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and features performances by Jonny Grave, Ballad’ve, Michael Yugo, Patrick Hawkins, Magpie, and others.