We would like to announce that singer-songwriters Jory Nash and Reggie Harris have been appointed to the board of directors of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). They will serve the unexpired terms of Robin Batteau and Robyn Boyd, who recently resigned.
Jory Nash, who is based in Toronto, is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival and is the co-founder of an annual multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. He has previously been selected as a formal showcase artist at NERFA and the International Folk Alliance Conference, and he was a featured artist in Folk Music Canada’s Export Development Program. His term on the NERFA board extends through November 2015.
Reggie Harris, based in upstate New York, is best known for his inspirational musical storytelling work with his wife, Kim. For 30 years, Kim & Reggie Harris have promoted creativity, education and social responsibility at theater arts centers, festivals, museums, universities, and schools throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Much of their work centers on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement. Harris’ term on the NERFA board extends through November 2016.
Robin Batteau, formerly of the band Buskin & Batteau, resigned from the NERFA board in January, citing time constraints. Robyn Boyd resigned in February to concentrate her efforts on representing international artists and offering visa services.
“I’m thrilled that Jory and Reggie have accepted our invitations to fill these big shoes on the NERFA board,” said NERFA President Cheryl Prashker. “They are both well-known and well-liked in the folk music community, and they each bring special skills and qualities that are going to help the board serve the interests of those folks as we plan our annual conference and other events throughout the year. I would also like to thank Robyn Boyd and Robin Batteau for their time and hard work while serving on the board.”
Among other activities, NERFA is hosting three late-night showcases at this year’s International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. The featured performers have previously been chosen for a juried showcase during a NERFA annual or one-day conference.
The NERFA board also includes Scott Moore (vice president), Ramona Labarre (treasurer), Jess Razzi (secretary), Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Karyn Oliver and Michael Kornfeld. NERFA co-founder Dianne Tankle, the annual conference director, ia a non-voting board member.