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Aaron Fowler | 316-207-4715  | [email protected] | Term : January 2021 – December 2023

Aaron Fowler is a native Kansan who grew up in Topeka and moved to Wichita, Kansas to attend Friends University where he received a degree in Music Education. He then went on to Wichita State University where he earned a Masters in Music Education (Conducting). Aaron taught in the Wichita district for 11 years before setting out as a full time musician.

A member of the Kansas Arts on Tour Roster with the Kansas Arts Commission, he is also a Wolf Trap Early Education Teaching Artist and a Baby ArtsPlay Teaching Artist with Kansas Wolf Trap. In addition, he is a founding Artist with Arts Partners Wichita where he is a roster Artist as well as serving as the Artist Coordinator for the organization.

In 1990, Aaron co-founded Hope Street Youth Development and served for 19 years as Executive Director, working with middle and high school students. He is a member of MENC (Music Education National Conference) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and a consultant for several schools across south-central Kansas on issues of self-esteem, goal setting and leadership development in young people. It probably goes without saying that Aaron is a proud member of AFM Local 1000!


Vice President (U.S.)

Erin Mae Lewis | 785-614-4061 | [email protected] | www.erinmaemusic.comTerm : January 2021 – December 2021

Erin Mae Lewis is a freelance folk musician and mountain dulcimer teacher from Wichita, KS who has carved her own path every step of the way. Erin Mae received her first mountain dulcimer at age seven, then won the National Mountain Dulcimer Contest at age seventeen. She has a degree from South Plains College in Commercial Music, where she was the first student to study mountain dulcimer.

Erin Mae has toured and recorded extensively with the duo “Scenic Roots”, as well as solo and with various collaborations. She has recorded mountain dulcimer in many genres, designed one-of-a-kind dulcimer/folk music curricula, and helped establish kids music camps around the country. She also teaches extensively online. Erin Mae’s passion is to empower and equip others to find their own creative expression in the world, to make the world a better place for everyone.


Vice President (Canada)

Arthur McGregor | [email protected] | 613-258-6200| | Term : January 2021 – December 2023

Arthur McGregor has played and organized folk music for most of his life and is well known as the founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Arthur sings, plays guitar, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran, clawhammer-style banjo, djembe and mandolin.

He has been awarded ‘The Unsung Hero’ Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Estelle Klein Award (Folkmusic Ontario) and the Helen Verger Award (Ottawa Folk Festival) for his work in the world of folk music.

Secretary Treasurer

Beth Cahill  | [email protected] | 613-355-8969 | | Term : January 2020 – December 2022

Beth is a singer, instrumentalist and writer.  She weaves her love of people, travel, food and irony into stories with melodies. For the audience, every performance is an intimate journey – from the desert of west Texas, to an Andean mountain village, to a gas station in northern Ontario.

She calls Wakefield, Quebec home but tours extensively as a solo performer, with the way cool folk trio The Malvinas (Gina Forsyth and Lisa Markley), and with bass virtuoso Susan Cahill (who also happens to be her sister). Beth has been a finalist at the Kerrville New Folk Contest and the B.W. Stevenson Singer-songwriter competition as well as a CBC Canada Writes semi-finalist. She also took part in RealWomenRealSongs, an online collective of women musicians writing a song a week for one year. Along the road, Beth has been invited to appear, among other places at: The Kerrville Folk Festival, Festival Memoire et Racines, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International, WFMT’s Folkstage and Bass2012 Copenhagen.

In addition to her music career, Beth is also an extreme geek with a passion for both libraries and numbers. She is a volunteer with Biblio Wakefield Library and a Library of Parliament Analyst.  She never tires of explaining central tendency, compounding interest and the law of large numbers to anyone who will listen. Accused by her sister of still having her first communion money, Beth is currently leveraging these counting, saving, record keeping and organizing skills in her role as secretary treasurer of the AFM Local 1000.


Representative (Eastern Region)

Charlie King | [email protected] |  || Term : January 2019 – December 2021

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century.  Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  He is the 2018 recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.  Other honors include: the War Resisters League’s Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award nominated by Pete Seeger and the Joe Hill Award.

His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete & Peggy Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Chad Mitchell. Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, “If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried,” and Tom Paxton adds, “Luckily, we have him!”


Representative (Mid-Western Region)

Matt Watroba  | [email protected] | 810-750-6792 | | Term : January 2021 – December 2023

Matt Watroba is first and foremost a community singer. He has the knack for picking the perfect songs and stories for the audience in front of him. In concert, at a festival, in a library, in a school, or in the park, you can count on a performance that will get you singing, make you laugh, and leave you feeling a little bit better about the world we live in. Matt also works with award winning performer Rev. Robert Jones, presenting educational programs that celebrate diversity through the roots and branches of American folk music.


Representative (Western Region)

Aileen Vance | [email protected] | 831-477-0961 | | Term : January 2020 – December 2022

Aileen’s stunning voice and rich-toned hand-built guitar have taken her halfway around the world from her hometown of Santa Cruz, California, bringing her unique musical vision to audiences across the U.S., Canada, Britain and Mexico. Her songs have been performed by artists such as Priscilla Herdman, Pete Seeger, Pat Humphries, Eileen McGann, Nancy Tucker, Jackson Gillman and Susie Burke.

“I’m a great believer in songs about ordinary people,” she says, “because I find so much inspiration in how people survive and flourish against all the odds. Maybe that’s why I love performing so much in front of so many different kinds of people: I just find people amazing.”

Compassion for other beings on the earth is another of Aileen’s central themes. Songs about the preservation of wolves, wild birds, whales, forests, and more are woven through her concerts and recordings. “I believe that one of the greatest responsibilities of the artist is to speak for those who might not be able to speak for themselves. It is a magical ability that we have as human beings: to imagine what it might be like to walk in someone else’s shoes.”

Aileen grew up listening to traditional singers of songs from Ireland, England, and Scotland, but she also has been influenced by North American musicians like Joni Mitchell, Jean Redpath, Bill Monroe, Hazel Dickens, and many more.

At Aileen’s concerts, you are just as likely to laugh out loud as to cry, as she takes you on a journey through the full range of human experience—from the run-down shacks of Salinas Valley migrant farmworkers to the moonlit silence of a bird sanctuary to the joyous clamor of a second-grade classroom.

In the mid-1990’s Aileen became a parent and her music career evolved. During this time, Aileen served as a classroom music teacher, director of the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale, founder of “Zabalaza!” (an acapella world music choir), and director of Rise Up! Community Drop-in Song Circles. She also taught voice and composed, in addition to occasional performing. Now that her kids are grown, she is itching to get back out on the road more. She currently sings in a duo with Alisa Peres called “Violeta,” and collaborates with Canada’s Eileen McGann and David K. Prior to becoming a member of Local 1000, she was a member of Local 153 (San Jose CA).


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