Doris Justis and Sean McGhee are celebrating 25 years of performing together as Side by Side.
Noted for their close vocal harmonies and guitars, the duo has been backing their original songs and original interpretations of the best folk and acoustic songwriters past and present. Ms. Justis and Mr. McGhee have shared the stage with such artists as Tom Paxton, Nanci Griffith, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Noel Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Danoff, Jon Carroll, Schooner Fare, Christine Lavin, and the Limeliters to name a few.
They have performed on such stages as the Millennium Stage, the Birchmere, Baldwin’s Station, Center Stage, and Washington’s Starland Café. Side by Side has been featured each summer at the annual Paw Paw Folk Festival in West Virginia. Other appearances include the Washington Folk Festival, Takoma Park Folk Festival, and Golden Link Folk Festival in Rochester, New York. They played with John Denver’s band in two tribute concerts in Aspen, Colorado and are featured on the accompanying albums. The duo has eight original albums.
Doris Justus, a mainstay of the folk and acoustic music scene in the Washington, D.C. area for several years, has been heard on the radio as a performer, producer, and DJ with Dick Cerri’s Music Americana and her own Folk Alley program. She is the recipient of the Appreciation Award from the World Folk Music Association (WFMA), honoring her years of supporting the music and musicians by producing showcases, coffeehouses, and concerts featuring local, regional, and national performers. In 1986 for WFMA’s first annual concert, she also reunited the Chad Mitchell Trio who had not performed together in over 20 years. Ms. Justus has three solo albums.
Besides having quick wit and an irreverent sense of humor, Sean McGhee is a master of the 12-string guitar and has an engaging tenor voice. He has been featured at the Birchmere as one of the “Three Folk Tenors.”