Board of Directors
Our board is made up of local, working musicians, songwriters, venue operators, presenters and acoustic aficianados.
Rick Hill : President : email@example.com
Rick is a full-time working musician performing around the Tri-State area. He has recorded two CDs and plays a variety of instruments and styles. He helped run the Helping Hands Concert Series in Schoharie, NY for nine years. He has also run a coffeehouse and a summer concert series in Harrisonburg, VA.
Rod Deacey : Vice President
Rod is probably best known in Frederick for his weekly songwriters showcase at Brewer's Alley. He is also a very clever songwriter accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. Rod has travelled extensively around Europe and has the stories to prove it!
Todd C. Walker : Vice President - Todd's passion for live music has helped him start up performances in a number of different venues. He is one of the hosts for the very popular Frederick Coffee Co. open mic, and serves as MC for a variety of live music around Frederick. He is also a thoughtful songwriter with an amazing collection of guitars!
Tomy Wright : Secretary / Treasurer
Influenced by Boston's 60/70's folk scene, Tomy Wright embraces the contemporary folk genre as his vehicle of artistic expression. Leads the Tomy Wright String Orchestra and an integral part of F.A.M.E. member Willie Barry's Willie and the Chaperones. Participates in and hosts area open mics and showcases.
A BMI recording artist, and member of local, regional, national and international Folk music associations; additionally, on the Board of Director on Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW). Involved with the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival (SMAF) for 10 years. Additionally, assisted Greater Washington's Moye Ensemble achieve its non-profit status. Supports local charitable benefits and F.A.M.E.'s lead judge and coordinator for the Frederick County's Community Alternative Mediation (CALM) Center's annual Frederick Idol "Shining Star" Talent show.
Ron Goad -
Originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Ron Goad is a retired English-Creative Writing teacher who enjoys playing percussion and working to advance the causes of performing songwriters. In addition to performing on fifty-some CD's and onstage with many bands and folk singers, Ron likes to connect performers and listeners with F.A.M.E. in order to make the most of their music. He volunteers on the boards of SAW.org and RestonHerndonFolkClub.com and is a member of other nonprofits such as WAMAdc.com and FocusMusic.org. Ron endorses the nonprofit BMI.com as their Grassroots Initiative Consultant and teaches songwriters to "Learn how to earn the royalties you deserve." For years he has enjoyed working with the rich music scene in Frederick and wishes strongly to increase awareness, growth, and participation via the good friends at F.A.M.E.
Roy Greene -Newsletter
Roy is a life-long lover of music; he writes poetry, and is learning to play the ukulele.
Hank is an avid acoustic music listener. You will find him in the audience of most of our events. He is also well-versed in the world of acoustic guitars with a fount of information about almost any guitar brand or model.
Karen Fetters - Secretary
Tom Kohlhepp - our newest Board Member -
While neither a performer nor a writer, Tom's interest has always been as a student of the history and legends of folk music. A child of the folk music revival of the 60's he loves songs that tell a good story. Having lived in Scotland for 2 years he acquired a knowledge of songs from the British Isles. Tom writes a monthly article for the F.A,M.E. newsletter on things related to folk music and its legends.
The Board meets monthly, non-board members are welcome. Currently our meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at Frederick Coffee Co. 100 N. East St, Frederick.