NERFA has been buzzing with activity in 2014. We have just completed a very successful One-Day Mini-Conference in Chatham, NJ. We wish to thank all the wonderful volunteers from the Folk Project and The Sanctuary Concerts whose contributions helped make this day a most worthwhile experience.
Another innovative One-Day event coming up in late summer - SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance) and NERFA will be co-sponsoring a joint One-Day Mini-Conference on Saturday September 6th in Charlottesville, VA. Showcase applications and Conference registration forms are available now under the REGIONAL ONE-DAY CONFERENCES menu section in the left-habd column. See Michael Kornfeld's article below.
Mark your calendar – November 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014 – NERFA’s 20th Anniversary Conference. More information coming soon on how we will be acknowledging this milestone. Formal and Quad Showcase Applications are available now in the left-hand ANNUAL FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE MENU in the left-hand column.
Two regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International -- an association that seeks to foster and promote contemporary, traditional and multicultural folk music -- have slated a first-of-its-kind inter-regional one-day conference. Co-presented by the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), the event will take place at Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 6.
NERFA is pleased to announce the Quad Showcase artists for the 2014 Annual Fall Conference. In alphabetical order they are:
|Kristin Andreassen||JEWMONGOUS featuring Sean Altman|
|Nancy Beaudette||Libby Koch|
|Jeff Black||Mara Levine|
|Brothers McCann||Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards|
|Ellen Bukstel||Lois Morton|
|Bumper Jacksons||Hannah Shira Naiman|
|Kate Callahan||Matt Nakoa|
|Rj Cowdery||David Roth|
|Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins||Les Sampou|
|The Doll Sisters||Jeff Scroggins and Colorado|
|Driftwood||Rose Sheehan and Colin de la Barre|
|The Folk Goddesses||John Sherman & Randy Clepper|
|Roger Street Friedman||The South Carolina Broadcasters|
|Connor Garvey||Lyal Strickland|
|Loretta Hagen||Sweet Alibi|
|Matt Harlan||Jesse Terry|
|Phil Henry||Ernest Troost|
|Lara Herscovitch||Hiroya Tsukamoto|
|Graydon James & Laura Spink||Victor & Penny|
|The Jessica Stuart Few||Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes|
|The Lords of Liechtenstein|
|The Suitcase Junket|
The Quad Showcases are a series of 15-minute performances set for Friday and Saturday evenings, between 9:45 and 11:30. The Four Quad Showcases take place concurrently in nearby conference rooms equipped with professional sound and production services. Like the Formal Showcases that immediately precede them, nothing else is allowed to compete with the Quad Showcases during the conference.
NERFA is pleased to announce the Formal Showcase Artists for the 2014 Annual NERFA Conference in November. Artists selected in alphabetical order are:
Burning Bridget Cleary
The Don Juans
Tim Grimm Band
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
No Fuss and Feathers Road Show
Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
At NERFA, there is a second tier of juried showcases which are called”The Quads” As the name implies, these are four showcase rooms operating simultaneously. We do not permit anything else to be scheduled at the same time as either the Formal or Quad showcases. Although the deadline to submit your material for a Quad showcase, was Monday, July 7th, there are still numerous other showcase opportunities throughout the four day event.