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Album release concert - Sunday October 13, 2024
Our new album titled Daughter of the Stars is ready for release.
Save the date!


Catonsville MD - Charlestown Senior Living <private event>;

Sun, July 21, 3:15

Falls Church VA - Creative Cauldron; Fri, August 9, 7:30 pm

Reserved seating chart and Tickets available here.

Springfield VA - Greenspring Senior Living <private event>;

Sun, August 18, 2:30 pm

Annapolis MD - Anne Arundel Community Concert Association (Location TBD); Sun, October 6, 3:00 pm  Tickets available later this year.

Fairfax VA - CD Release Concert "Daughter of the Stars"

Earp's Ordinary; Sun August 13, 3:00 pm

Tickets available later this summer.

*<private events> are not open to the public

           Past Performances

Annapolis MD - BayWoods of Annapolis <private event>; Sun, June 9, 7:00 pm

Alexandria VA - The Lyceum; Joint Concert with The Carolyn Eyerly Band; Sat, June 29, 7:30 pm  Tickets available here.

Springfield VA - Lake Accotink Park; Fri, July 19, 7:30 pm

Annapolis MD - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Bowen Theatre; Sat, April 20, 7:00 pm Tickets available here

Gaithersburg MD - The Arts Barn; Sun, April 21, 7:30 pm Tickets available here.

Vienna VA - Jammin' Java; Sat, May 18, 8:00 pm  Tickets available here

Falls Church VA - Creative Cauldron; Sun, Jan 14, 2:00 pm 

Ashburn VA - Ashby Ponds <private event>; Sun, Jan 28, 3:00 pm

Urbana MD - Woodlands at Urbana, <private event>; Sat, Feb 3, 7:00 pm​

Herndon VA - Herndon Arts Barn; Sat, March 23, 7:00 pm doors open, 7:30 concert starts

Watch the video here.

McLean VA - Vinson Hall <private event>; Saturday March 30. 7:30 pm

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Read a review in Folk Works of one of our concerts here:


"...At first, [the sound engineer] thought you were just representing a wonderful retro throwback to the styles of the '60s, but then he came to realize that you were really good! Good musicianship and good playing—doing it even better than the New Christy Minstrels and the other groups you patterned after. That's high praise from a sound engineer who gets to hear a lot of groups."


"... I attended Saturday night's performance at Creative Cauldron and enjoyed it very much. Your variety of selections, musicality and apparent enjoyment of your performance was engaging. I look forward to seeing you at Jammin' Java."


"My wife and I just returned from a Shenandoah Run concert at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. What an energetic and talented, and creative ensemble! It was two of the most entertaining hours we have experienced in a very long time. They did everything from Patsy Cline to Simon and Garfunkel to Gordon Lightfoot, and much more." 


"...This was as fine an evening of music as I've experienced with any professional band. It's impossible to choose the most impressive part: The soaring harmonies, the brilliant instrumentalists, the fantastic vocals by the ladies ... wherever this band pops up next, do yourself a favor and get out to see them."

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About Shenandoah Run


Shenandoah Run is a nine-member folk ensemble from the Washington, DC area. Formed in 2011, the band performs traditional and contemporary folk music in a manner that delights a diverse mix of music lovers of all ages.

SR showcases the spirited sounds of Americana, along with the occasional country or bluegrass tune, and delivers a rousing mix of music and styles. The members' vocal and instrumental savvy, coupled with a strong desire to keep folk music alive and fresh, are key to the group’s success.


Meet the Members
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Bob Melissinos - Guitar and Vocals

As a folk musician in New York in the 1960s, Bob has shared stages with the likes of Cass Elliot (The Mamas and the Papas), The Highwaymen, and Robert Guillaume. As a member of The Coachmen and other groups, he performed at  the 1964 World's Fair, The Bitter End, other Greenwich Village clubs, and numerous colleges and universities. His     vision is for folk music to once again have a major presence  in the American music scene. He founded Shenandoah Run in pursuit of that vision.


John Werntz - Bass and Vocals

John was born with a bass in his hands and has mastered the art of folk bass playing. When he’s not busy with Shenandoah Run you will find him playing bass and singing with other folk, Irish, Americana, and bluegrass musicians in the DC area.

Joe Dickey - Banjo

Joe started playing banjo in college when his roommate said, "Don't touch my banjo while I'm gone." The holder of a physics PhD, he's given talks on banjo acoustics to academic audiences. He performed for almost 20 years with Crabgrass, an Annapolis-based bluegrass group. He is also a woodturner and keeper of an American Chestnut restoration orchard.

Renee Moyer - Vocals and Percussion

Renée grew up in Northern Virginia, graduating from McLean High School and George Mason University, where she earned her BA in Theatre Arts. For more than thirty years, she performed with area theatre groups, such as Trinity Players, Springfield Community Theatre, and The Arlington Players, and starred in such roles as Guinevere in Camelot and Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore. For two years, she performed with Roger Henderson, guitar virtuoso and talented songwriter.  After a brief hiatus from performing, Renee is delighted to be back on stage

Jill Nelson - Vocals, Guitar and Percussion

Jill grew up singing with her family, the von Brudvig Family Singers! Well, that's not a real group name, though we could all eight carry a tune, and we did sing as we traveled around Europe in the 60s and 70s in our VW Bus (think Army brat). Jill added guitar and piano to her repertoire, thanks to her talented older sisters and music lessons. She has sung in school choirs, church choirs, her elementary school classroom, and most recently in a church band called Gentle PersUUasion, which made the UU circuit around the Northern Virginia area over the last several years. 


Leslie Smile Hoyle - Violin and Vocals

Leslie began her musical studies in Cincinnati, Ohio, participating in over a dozen youth orchestras, small ensembles, and other freelance groups and continued her musical pursuits at The Ohio State University and at The University of Maryland. Leslie has since taught for the University of Maryland, Animato, and Music Kids Suzuki Violin Programs, and she currently heads the Academy of Fine Arts Suzuki Violin Program. Since 2005 Leslie has also explored the world of folk music, performing with the groups Kensington Station and Kensington Depot. When not otherwise “fiddling around” Leslie enjoys volunteering as a trail guide at Secret Passage Ranch and Misty Manor Riding Stables.


Ben Hamblin - Guitar and Vocals

Ben loved to sing from an early age, and began playing guitar and accompanying himself when
he was a young teenager. He’s played solo, in a duo, and in a rock band. After moving to
Northern Virginia he discovered The Reston/Herndon Folk Club and is currently its president.
He enjoys trying to play a variety of musical genres.

Jim Johnson - Guitar, Mandolin, and Vocals

Jim was born and raised in Northern Virginia, growing up in a house filled with music.  He began playing guitar in his early teenage years, and eventually added banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and several other instruments to his musical addiction.  Later, after retiring, he became intrigued with songwriting and joined the Songwriters Association of Washington, serving five years on its board of directors. He released a solo CD containing all original songs, and 3 CDs with Harley String Band. He is scheduled to release his second solo CD in early 2023.  See for more.

Ron Goad - Percussion and Vocals

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Ron is a natural fit for this band, which performs live onstage many favorite songs he originally discovered on a little transistor radio. After an enjoyable teaching career, he has devoted himself to leading nonprofit music organizations that improve the music community and connect listeners to performers. His percussion and harmonies are on award-winning recordings. You can find out more about his projects at

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