17 Days until FARM’s registration fees increase

17 Days remaining to take advantage of FARM’s $90 registration fee.

Beginning September 1st, the FARM conference registration fee increases to $110.

And if you are a performer, this may be your last opportunity to secure a place in our Perfomance Lane. There are a few openings left but you will need to register now.

If you are interested in being considered to perform in our Thursday night Presenter & DJ Showcase contact Nancy Emrich at nancy@lilfest.com or Lilli Kuzma at LKupbeat@aol.com.

If you’d like to host a Private Showcase room contact Smitty at pumphouseconcerts@gmail.com.

If you are interested in volunteering to help at the conference, check our website for more information: http://farmfolk.org/?page_id=114.

What’s happening at FARM?

What’s happening at FARM?  Glad you asked.

With less than 75 days to go, FARM conference activities are starting to come together.
  • The Official Showcase performers have been selected and announced.  Be watching for their photos and bios.
  • The Presenter & Folk DJ Showcase has openings.  If you’d like to be considered to perform, contact Lilli Kuzma at lkupbeat@aol.com or Nancy Emrich at nancy@lilfest.com.
  • The Performance Lane still has a few opening.  Selection is by order of registration.  Register now to ensure a spot.
  • If you’re interested in hosting a Private Showcase room, contact Smitty at pumphouseconcerts@gmail.com
  • Charlie Mosbrook tells me that he is putting the final touches to the workshop schedule and will be ready to make the announcement soon.
  • Eric Peltoniemi will be receiving the 2014 FARM Folk Tradition Award.
  • Tim Grimm is our keynote speaker and will also be presenting a master class songwriting workshop.
The fun begins Thursday, October 23rd with Tim Grimm’s workshop and continues through the early hours on Sunday, October 26 (you can expect the Saturday night jams and song circles to last past 5 am on Sunday!).  The conference takes place at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, MO.
For more information and to register:  http://farmfolk.org

2014 Official Showcase Performers

On behalf of the FARM board, I’m pleased to share with you the Official Showcase results. The finalists and alternates and judges are listed below, in alphabetical order within their separate groups.

Showcase finalists

Ashley Condon
Scott Cook
Dana Cooper
Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole
Mark Dvorak
Josh Harty
Paddy Mills
Moors and McCumber
Bernadette Morris
No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow
Heather Pierson
Lyal Strickland
The Underhills
The Wilhelms

Showcase alternates

Andrew Calhoun
Jim Green
Matt Harlan
The Shaw Brothers

Ed Becker – host of “Songwriters Showcase” at 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis
Stacy Bernard – host of “Backroads” at 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis
F. John Herbert – executive and artistic director of Legion Arts, based at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids
Lee Herman – host of Windy City House Concerts in Chicago
Blair Hull – founding and current presenter of the Stained Glass Coffeehouse in Deerfield IL, performing artist.
Bill Keith – board president and concert coordinator at Trinity House Theater in Livonia MI, station manager of 88.1 The Park in Plymouth MI.
Kelly Wells – Chief Engagement Officer/Folk School Director at KDHX Community Media, host of “Steam-Powered Radio” at 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis

Thanks to Jeff Robertson of Listening Room Network for coordinating the Official Showcase again this year, and to Fran Snyder of Listening Room Network for developing the successful online system for judging artist submissions.

The board congratulates those artists who were selected. And our deepest appreciation goes to all of the artist applicants for participating, and for strengthening the field of choices afforded to the judges.

We’re looking forward to another spectacular Official Showcase in October!

Bob Hofbauer
President, FARM Board of Directors

From FARM 2013, a taste of what you can expect in 2014

Eric Peltoniemi to be presented with the 2014 FARM Folk Tradition Award

E Peltoniemi Spring 2008 1 smallThe Board of Directors of Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is pleased to name Eric Peltoniemi, singer, songwriter and President of Red House Records, as the 2014 recipient of its Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award.  The FARM Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award is awarded annually to an individual, nominated by the membership, who has made a significant contribution the folk community for at least 25 years.

Eric Peltoniemi has worked several sides of the music industry for over 40 years:  as performing artist, songwriter, graphic designer, Grammy-winning producer and record label executive. Three of those  decades have been with acclaimed folk label Red House Records, where he has been president since 2006 (after the passing  of his friend, colleague and label co-founder Bob Feldman).

Eric’s long relationship with folk and country music began in rural Minnesota in the early 1960s in a small Minnesota farming town performing on his grandma’s old guitar at county fairs, dances, township halls…and even boxing matches. Along the way he added Finnish songs to his act and spent several years performing across the US, Canada and northern Europe..

An important side career since has been writing music, lyrics and occasional book for the music theatre. Principal works include Ten November (a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Steven Dietz) for which the score and lyrics received a 1987 Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Music (Chicago), Plain Hearts, and Heart of Spain (a collaboration with playwright Peter Glazer, underwritten with a 1994 endowment from The National Endowment for the Arts, Opera-Music Theatre Program).

Eric’s songs have been recorded by Bok Trickett & Muir, Robin & Linda Williams, Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, and Finnish artists Topi Saha and Koinurit, among others. His own recordings include: Trova and Healing Zone (with Trova), Kävelin Kerran and Suomi (on Finnish labels), Songs O’ Sad Laughter, and the more recent Gales of November, with Prudence Johnson, Claudia Schmidt, Peter Ostroushko and others.

2013 Friends of FARM

Andina & Rich
James Curley
Pump House Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Two Way Street Coffee House
WDCB (Lilli Kuzma)
WNUR (Sue Kessell)
WVPE (Al Kniola)
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

FARM Member States

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