Shenandoah Run (SR) is a nine-member, folk ensemble from the Washington, DC area. Formed in 2011, the band presents 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, bluegrass or Irish 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.
Shenandoah Run's second CD, “SR,” released in May 2016, offers fresh takes on classic and more contemporary folk songs, and features two original compositions. The band's first CD, "Winter to Spring," was released in 2013.
Meet the Members
Bob Melissinos - Guitar, 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.
Renee Moyer, Vocals
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 a period of 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
Henry Milne - Guitar, Vocals
In college, Henry and his trusty Martin 12-string performed with The Burgundy Four at colleges and coffeehouses, including the Lonesome Traveler in Wildwood, New Jersey. He and a friend from The Burgundy Four went on to form the NJ Orange, a rock group that toured much of the US, Canada, and the Bahamas. Recently retired from a long career in education, Henry is excited to be back on stage with Shenandoah Run to bring new life to vintage folk and more contemporary music.
Jill Nelson - Vocals, 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, 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 has made the UU circuit around the Northern Virginia area over the last several years.
Pamela Ferguson - Fiddle, Vocals
Pam is a freelance violinist and recording artist, fluent in classical, fiddle, and jazz. She teaches violin in the Springfield/Burke, Virginia area and is a certified Suzuki teacher. Pam is a puppeteer as well. She and her creation, Alouette the Dragon, have written and produced two musicals. "Hansel, Gretel, and the Little Green Dragon" is available on Amazon. Check out their latest video, "Let It Go Dragon", on YouTube channel 'Salamanderette.' When not performing with Shenandoah Run, Pam plays fiddle with a bluegrass band.
John Werntz - Bass, 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.
Robert Burleson - Guitar
Robert has been playing guitar and bass since his early teenage years. An ensemble guitarist in a range of styles, he especially enjoys listening to the electric guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed, in addition to many bluegrass flatpickers.