Artists have been selected to perform in both the Formal and Quad Showcases – the two coveted official juried showcases that take place during the 19th Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY, Nov. 7-10, 2013.
With only 14 artists/acts chosen for 15-minute performance slots on Friday and Saturday nights, the Formal Showcase is the premiere and most coveted performance opportunity at the conference. Formal Showcases take place in the resort’s Manhattan Theater between 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night, and nothing else is allowed to compete with them.
Artists selected to perform in the 2013 Formal Showcase are:
|The Boxcar Lilies||OCEAN|
|Hickory Project||Jean Rohe|
|Billy Jonas and his Band||Roosevelt Dime|
|Connie Kaldor||Amy Speace|
|Miles to Dayton||Tall Heights|
|Buddy Mondlock||Natalia Zukerman|
Alternate: SONiA and disappear fear. Note: David Myles had been selected but is unable to attend the conference.
In addition, a different panel of judges chose 40 artists/acts for the Quad Showcases. A series of 15-minute showcases set for Friday and Saturday evenings, between 9:45 and 11:30, 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.
Artists selected to perform in the 2013 Quad Showcases include:
|Mike Agranoff||Aengus Finnan||Louise Mosrie||Janet Robin|
|Amy Black||Ian Fitzgerald||Zoe Mulford||Cosy Sheridan|
|C. Daniel Boling||John Flynn||The Murphy Beds||SONiA and disappear fear|
|Roy Book Binder||Fred Gillen Jr.||Jory Nash||Spuyten Duyvil|
|Meg Braun||Hannah & Maggie||Karyn Oliver||Sultans of String Duo|
|Michael Braunfeld||Matt Harlan||Panache Quartet||Vinegar Creek Constituency|
|Jon Brooks||Harpeth Rising||Jim Photoglo||Sloan Wainwright|
|Cary Cooper||Kim & Reggie Harris||Hayley Reardon||Anne Weiss|
|Joe Craven||Robbie Hecht||Red Moon Road||The Whispering Tree|
|Rich Deans||Kate Klim||Red Tail Ring||Brooks Williams|
Alternates are: Mo Kenny, Rupert Wates, Karen Dahlstrom and Tricky Britches.
“Dianne Tankle, our longtime conference coordinator, and I have heard from many performing artists who consider being selected for one of these juried showcases to be quite an honor,” says Cheryl Prashker, NERFA’s president and percussionist to the folkies. “Many festival and concert series presenters -- for whom we offer incentives to attend -- have featured artists they’ve discovered in these showcases and had opportunities to speak with during our conference,” she adds. “Indeed, for some, the NERFA Conference serves as a primary vehicle for booking talent.”
Artists Chosen for Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase
18 folk DJs who will be attending the NERFA Conference have selected artists to perform in this year’s Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase on Thursday evening, Nov. 7.
For the past nine years, these and other folk DJs have presented artists who they consider to be worthy of more attention for the listening enjoyment of their fellow DJs, presenters and others during a Folk DJ Showcase. “The original philosophy of the showcase when Suzi Wollenberg and I conceived it was that folk radio DJs (and I suppose now credible Internet DJs as well) often hear all the newest talent long before the rest of the folk community becomes aware of these rising artists,” says Rich Warren, host of the nationally syndicated “The Midnight Special” and “Folkstage” on Chicago’s WFMT-FM.
“Part of our pleasure (and job) as DJs is listening to new music,” he continues. “Also, DJs often attend folk festivals and a number of Folk Alliance conferences looking for new voices. So Suzi (who passed away unexpectedly a few years ago) and I envisioned creating an environment where folk DJs could share their new discoveries with one another. Thus was born the NERFA Folk DJ Showcase, which has been emulated by a couple of other regional FA conferences.”
Listed below -- following the names of the program hosts who nominated them -- are the artists who will perform during the showcase.
|Ken Batista||Tricky Britches|
|Mary Cliff||Tumbling Bones|
|Diane Crowe||Arjuna Greist|
|Barbara & Graham Dean||Elaine Mahon|
|Jane Falvey||Paddy Mills|
|Wanda Fischer||Low & Lonesome|
|Sonny Ochs||Bonnie Ste. Croix|
|Ron Olesko||Harpeth Rising|
|Angela Page||Kat Goldman|
|Dave Palmater||Jenna Lindbo|
|John Platt||The Folk Goddesses|
|Joe Pszonek||Karen Dahlstrom|
|Gene Shay||Orion Freeman|
|Pamela Smith||M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio|
|J.W. Stein||Brian Kalinec|
|Rich Warren||Matt Harlan|
|Bob Weiser||Chris LaVancher|
Alternates, chosen by two or more Folk DJs, who will perform:
|Gilles Malkine||Bethel Steele|
As in years past, the NERFA conference, which drew a record attendance of some 850 people last year, will feature a diverse mix of folk and acoustic music presented by artists from throughout the U.S. and Canada, informative panel discussions and workshops, mentoring sessions, communal meals, a large exhibit hall, and lots of opportunities for schmoozing and networking. After the juried showcases each evening, dozens of presenters, performers and others will host unplugged guerilla showcases in their hotel rooms that extend through the early morning hours. Open mics, informal jam sessions, private showcases, the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase, thematic song circles and round-robin song swaps round out the musical mix.
A nonprofit organization for those engaged in traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance and related performing arts, NERFA is a regional arm of Folk Alliance International, which seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.