Side by Side
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Doris Justis and Sean McGhee are now celebrating more than 27 years of performing together as Side by Side.
Their close vocal harmonies and guitars back their original songs and original interpretations of the best songwriters.
The duo has shared the stage over the years with a "who's who" of folk performers, including the Chad Mitchell Trio, Bill Danoff,
Nanci Griffith, Debi Smith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Schooner Fare, Tom
Paxton, the Limeliters, Christine Lavin, to name a few!
They have performed on stages from the Kennedy Center to the Birchmere Music Hall -- headliners at both in
1999 and the Kennedy Center in 20009 -- and at Washington's Starland Café.
They have been featured at the annual Paw Paw Folk Festival in West Virginia.
They continue to enthrall audiences with their exciting arrangements of new and old favorites.
Brought together by the music of John Denver, it’s appropriate that Doris and Sean performed
with John Denver's band in two tribute concerts in Aspen CO and are featured on the CD from that event.
With that in mind, Doris recently produced “Celebrate John Denver!” featuring Side by Side,
on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD.
The Gilman School of Baltimore presented the program we did with them in November of 2007 with additional songs and beautiful artwork.
Proceeds benefited the Montgomery County Humane Society's Rockville, MD shelter and
the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.
Doris Justis (vocals and guitar) and Sean McGhee (vocals and guitar) create the close harmonies of Side by Side.
This folk duo will charm you with warm and intimate songs that range from original contemporary sounds to classics from the 1960's.
Side by Side has often performed with Bill Danoff, a long-time performer and writer of Denver’s hit, "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
Side by Side has seven recordings. See the MUSIC page for listing of all the CDs.
Photos of Side by Side over the years: PHOTOS
Doris, along with Chuck Morse, have recently become Co-Presidents of WFMA, as Dick Cerri retires after 29 years.
She has been a mainstay of the folk and acoustic music scene in the Washington area for several years.
She also has appeared in Nashville and at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village among other venues.
She has been on radio as a performer, producer and DJ with Dick Cerri's "Music Americana" and her own "Folk Alley" program.
Doris is a recipient of the Appreciation Award from the World Folk Music Association, honoring her years of supporting the music and musicians by
producing showcases, coffeehouses and concerts featuring local, regional and national performers.
Doris has three solo CDs, Who To Turn To, Doris, featuring Sean on guitar and her touching song "Rainbow Bridge" and Bright Paintings, with Pete Marinovich.
See the MUSIC page for a complete listing.
Besides having quick wit and an irreverent sense of humor, Sean McGhee is a master of the 12-string guitar and has an
engaging tenor voice.
He has been featured at the Birchmere as one of the "Three Folk Tenors" and performs with Ja Keating.