Art Thieme Memorial Concert

On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the Chicago and midwest folk music community will gather for a concert in remembrance of Art Thieme, who died in May at the age of 73.  Rather than a memorial service, Artb s request was to have people gather to have a good time in his remembrance.
This will be a free event, and open to the public. Please share and help us to get the word out to the many people whose lives were touched by Art and his music, folklore and jokelore.

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Greg Brown featured as FARM 2015 Keynote Speaker

The Board of Directors of Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is pleased to announce that Greg Brown will be the keynote speaker for their 2015 conference.

Greg Brown photoGreg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses.

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FARM announces 2015 Official Showcase Winners!

We are pleased and excited to share with you the 2015 Official Showcase results. The finalists and alternates and judges are listed below, in alphabetical order within each group.
Showcase Performers:
Ben Bedford
Nathan Bell
Mark Croft
Katie Dahl
Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen
Joel Mabus
Mike Mangione & The Union
Tom Mason
Neptune’s Car
Claudia Nygaard
Sam Pacetti
Sawtooth Brothers
The Speedbumps
Heather Styka

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Indy Folk Series: Vibe. Venue. Variety

IFS-color-transparent-340x200A great place for acoustic music in Indianapolis, IN!

by Joanne Smiddie-Brush

Now in our 15th season, the Indy Folk Series has become an institution – a vibrant, organic reflection of our audience’s tastes and commitment to high quality acoustic music. Concerts are held in the performance space at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, our home since the series was founded in 2001.


What moves you? At the Indy Folk Series, it’s vibrating vocal cords, strings and soundboards. Tapping feet, clapping hands and snapping fingers punctuate the pulse.

The vibe is the stories that artists tell. It’s the insights, moments and connections we make in community. The vibe is timeless and ethereal. Beyond the music, it’s smiling over a glass of wine and a snack. We listen together, in the moment, and take a bit of inspiration home with us. Artists treasure the vibe here. They feel inspired to give us their best, and they’re eager to return.  Continue reading

Agents: It’s not such a mystery

by artistsofnote-logoJoann Murdock, founder, Artists of Note

I often chuckle at the famous advice for musicians, commonly attributed to Pete Seeger: “Don’t quit your day job.”

As anyone lucky enough to have created some momentum in a performing career has realized, there is a lot of work involved in building a successful career in music. It’s overwhelming when you start to think of all the different hats you get to wear: musical scores and rehearsals if you have a band; writing, arranging, researching repertoire; travel agent; publicist; record company; equipment and instrument maintenance; clerical and record-keeping; what else — you name it. Continue reading

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring artists that are some of our favorites from past FARM conferences. Coming soon: Our 2015 Official Showcase artists!

Friends of FARM

Sandy Andina
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Kerry Patrick Clark
Simeon Peebler
Wayne Greene (
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk
The Gordons
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM conferences in Iowa City, IA

* October 22 - 25, 2015
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

FARM Member States

North Dakota
South Dakota