The Barns at Wolf Trap: January 26 - February 16

From Tom Chapin to local jazz pianist John Eaton. Chase away winter's deep-freeze in the Barns' cozy confines. Photo: The Barns/Wolf Trap

VIENNA, Virginia, January 24, 2013 — It’s winter, it’s cold, and Wolf Trap’s outdoor Filene Center has been quiet for weeks. But entertainment continues just across the Dulles Toll Road at the Barns of Wolf Trap, a warm, acoustically intimate performance space created by transporting and reassembling two deconstructed, vintage New England barns.

Wolf Trap has provided us with the following information on upcoming performances at the Barns. It’s an eclectic mix ranging from folk to pop to classical to jazz:

Tom Chapin
Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm

Tom Chapin

Celebrated folk singer/songwriter Tom Chapin returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap since his most recent appearance in the spring of 2012. Chapin is perhaps best known as a performing and recording artist, but his career is also highlighted by appearances on Broadway, television, radio, and films. He began performing professionally with his siblings in the early ’60s in New York City. His solo career took off in 1976 with the release of Life Is Like That, followed by 21 more full-length records and three GRAMMY Awards over the span of five decades. Chapin is also known for his role as host on ABC-TV’s Make A Wish and TV’s National Geographic Explorer, as well as for playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.  

Video: Tom Chapin – Cats In The Cradle

David Wilcox
Thursday, January 31 at 8 pm

Ohio-born singer/songwriter David Wilcox returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap following his most recent appearance at the venue in February 2011. Since the early ’80s, Wilcox has been delighting folk aficionados with his smooth baritone voice, emotionally-charged lyrics, and distinct guitar playing. His first album release under a major label, How Did You Find Me Here (1989), quickly garnered him a loyal fan base selling more than 100,000 copies in its first year mostly by word of mouth. In the decades to follow, Wilcox has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout the United States. He is also regarded as a virtuosic guitarist, known for using fingerstyle and open tuning techniques in his playing.  

Video: David Wilcox - Hurricane

The Persuasions
Friday, February 1 at 8 pm

The Persuasions make a highly anticipated comeback to The Barns since their most recent Wolf Trap appearance three years ago. Long regarded as the “Kings of A Cappella,” the group came together in Brooklyn, New York in 1961. More than five decades later, The Persuasions have released 18 albums, among them Chirpin’ (1977) which was named one of the 100 Greatest Albums of the ’70s by Rolling Stone magazine. The Persuasions’ style combines elements of doo-wop, R&B, pop, and soul, and is influenced by both gospel and secular music. The group’s highly successful journey also includes collaborations with celebrated artists, such as Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, and Paul Simon, as well as musical contributions to hit films, including Joe and E.T.

Video: The Persuasions – Oldies Medley

Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm

Californian pop-rock band Ambrosia will bring its harmonious sounds to The Barns at Wolf Trap for the first time ever. The chart-topping band’s music is recognized for its unique progressive rock style, blending classical and world influences with R&B, soul, and blues. Formed in Los Angeles in the early ’70s, Ambrosia released its self-titled debut album in 1975, which spawned the hit songs “Holdin’ On To Yesterday” and “Nice, Nice, Very Nice.” Their initial success was followed by three additional records, five GRAMMY nominations, and five Top 40 singles, including “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman,” before the group disbanded in 1982. Ambrosia reunited seven years later with a new lineup that includes three of its four original members. The band has since released two more albums, includingAnthology (1997) which is a compilation of their greatest hits.

Video: Ambrosia – Biggest Part of Me

Thursday, February 7 at 8 pm
Friday, February 8 at 8 pm

America’s premier Irish folk ensemble, Solas, returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap after a six-year hiatus. Pending release in 2013 is their highly anticipated part-album, part-film Shamrock City, which uses audio and visual artistry to narrate the life of a young Irish immigrant as he makes his way in the United States during the Industrial Revolution. Derived from the experiences of band leader Seamus Egan’s great-great uncle, Shamrock City captures the spirit of struggling immigrants striving to make a better life. Formed in 1994, Solas launched its career by playing in Irish pubs around New York City. Since then, the group has emerged as an Irish-American sensation and has released an astounding 10 records, featuring a fusion of Celtic classics and modern melodies. Spearheaded by group founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, Solas combines varied instrumentation that includes guitars, violins, flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, accordions, concertina, bodhran, and more.

Video: Solas – No Forgotten Man

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools
Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 pm

Often credited as the creator of the New Jersey sound, Southside Johnny Lyon, front man of The Ashbury Jukes, continues to entertain crowds as he joins forces with The Poor Fools. Unlike the Jukes’ use of electric guitars and catchy hooks, The Poor Fools feature acoustic sounds and lesser-known folk songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, and Mose Allison. The spirit of camaraderie and prowess of musicianship can be witnessed on stage as the group passionately performs in an almost ad hoc style, by switching up instruments and rotating vocals. Choosing to perform in small venues across the United States with an appeal to their most dedicated fans, the band has set out to preserve the intimate experience of live performance and the rock ’n’ roll routine. In the past, The Poor Fools have performed their own acoustic versions of “Sirens of the Night,” “Hearts of Stone,” and “I’m Down.”

Video: Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools – Trapped Again

Red Molly
Special Guest:
The Steel Wheels
Thursday, February 14 at 8 pm

Red Molly

New York City all-female group Red Molly returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap to deliver their polished covers and original arrangements, featuring bluegrass harmonies, crooning lullabies, and a Western twang. Reaping the success of their 2011 release Light in the Sky, members Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter perform weekly at festivals and venues alike, sharing their rosy, lighthearted folk ballads with devoted fans. Preceding Light in the Sky, Red Molly released four studio albums, including James (2010) which landed the No. 4 spot on the Americana Top 40 chart. Next on tap, the women of Red Molly will jet set across Australia for a five-week tour, beginning in March.

Video: Red Molly – Does My Ring Burn Your Finger

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels, of the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia, will join Red Molly with an opening live set of energetic, bluegrass acoustics and indigenous mountain sounds. The Steel Wheels’ dedication to both tradition and innovation has led the band to garner five nominations at the Independent Music Awards. In 2010 The Steel Wheels released their groundbreaking album, Red Wing, which landed a 13-week spot on the Americana Music Association Top 40 radio charts and placed No. 70 on the 2010 Americana albums. The Steel Wheels are also known for their annual SpokeSongs bicycle tour through the mountains of Virginia, where band members ride their bikes—with instruments and equipment in tow—between concerts.

Video: The Steel Wheels – Corrine

America’s National Parks:
Through the Artist’s Lens, Volume 2
The Discovery Series
Friday, February 15 at 8 pm

Experience a multifaceted presentation of visual art and music in America’s National Parks: Through the Artist’s Lens, Volume 2 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. The evening will showcase operatic selections paired with photographs of the country’s most beautiful places. The program features former Wolf Trap Opera Company artists Marcy Stonikas (soprano), Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano), Eric Barry (tenor), and Craig Colclough (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist and WTOC Director Kim Pensinger Witman. The singers will perform a range of songs by renowned composers, such as Aaron Copland, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Stephen Sondheim, Giocchino Rossini, Michael Ching, and Frederick Loewe, among others. The images were captured by Wolf Trap Foundation President Emeritus, Terre Jones. The changing projections of nature’s backdrops will adjust to reflect the arrangements’ harmonies and tone, leaving audience members in a state of sublimity.

John Eaton
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm

Legendary jazz pianist and vocalist John Eaton returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap for the second set of his three-part series of revitalized American classics. In A Salute to the One-Hit Wonders of American Popular Music, Eaton will perform compositions by famed American musicians from the ’20s to the ’40s. This program follows the 2012 release of Eaton’s latest album, The American Popular Song: The Classical Connection Volume 6 Vernon Duke & Kurt Weill, which recreates popular arrangements by American composers George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. Highlighted on this album and in his performances is Eaton’s signature style of delivering fresh takes on timeless works by American musicians in the jazz, blues, swing, and classical genres.

Video: John Eaton – John Eaton Talks with Wolf Trap


Information provided by The Barns at Wolf Trap and is deemed reliable. Please call 

General Information
(703) 255-1900

To confirm all performances and ticket availability

All shows are at
The Barns at Wolf Trap 
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182

 Directions to The Barns at Wolf Trap 

Wolf Trap location map  

The Barns at Wolf Trap 
1635 Trap Road | Vienna, Virginia 22182 

When to Arrive for Barns Performances 
The bar at The Barns at Wolf Trap opens 90 minutes prior to each performance, and patrons may be seated 30 minutes before the show.

From the Capital Beltway (495) 
Take exit 45 to Route 267 West (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs to local exits, pay a $1.50 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. Make a U-turn at the Filene Center, drive 1/4 mile. The Barns and the Center for Education will be on the left.

From Interstate 66 Westbound 
Take exit 67 to Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs for local exits, pay a $1.50 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. Make a U-turn at the Filene Center, drive 1/4 mile. The Barns and the Center for Education will be on the left.

From Interstate 66 Eastbound 
Take the Capital Beltway (495) North to exit 45 onto Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road). Follow signs to local exits, pay a $1.50 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. Make a U-turn at the Filene Center, drive 1/4 mile. The Barns and the Center for Education will be on the left.

From Route 7 West-bound (toward Leesburg) 
Turn left on Towlston Road, drive 1 1/4 miles. The Barns and the Center for Education will be on the left.

From Route 267 East-bound 
Take exit 16 onto Route 7 West. Proceed 1 1/2 miles and turn left on Towlston Road. Drive 1 1/4 miles. The Barns and the Center for Education will be on the left.

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