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

Bingo! DJ Airplay Secrets Revealed!

bingo cage for Lilli articleBy Lilli Kuzma, host of “Folk Festival”

“How do you pick songs for your show?” is a question I’ve heard many times, usually asked in a soft, somewhat breathless tone, accompanied by a quizzical look. I always get the impression that the expected answer is one that discloses a mysterious process carried out in conjunction with scented candles, chanting, and a certain planetary alignment.

But it’s actually much simpler: as new CDs come in, I stack them alphabetically, then pick up handfuls and shuffle them like a deck of cards. I deal out hands of five from each bunch, then take the titles and write them on ping pong balls, which are then placed in a rolling bingo cage. I crank the handle to turn the cage, remove the ping pong balls that emerge, and gather the winning titles for my playlist. Continue reading


Volunteer, Suggest Workshop Topics…

Our Registrar, Kerry Patrick Clark!

Our Registrar, Kerry Patrick Clark!

Ask not what FARM can do for you, but what you can do for FARM!  OK, really it is OK to ask what FARM can do for you.  BUT, there are two things you can do for FARM.  We NEED you!

We need about 6 capable volunteers to staff key positions that need action between now and the conference.  None of these involve a huge amount of work, but they are all important.  Email Smitty at and let us know that you are willing to support your Midwest Folk Conferenece!

Also, we still have room for a few more workshop / panel discussion / educational ideas.  We are almost set for the conference in October, so consider this a ‘last call’ to submit your ideas.  Email our erstwhile and eminent workshop coordinator Charlie Mosbrook at  We want your input!

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