Congratulations to Scott Fab, Mary Bragg, and Rupert Wates – winners of the first ever, first annual, FARM Song Contest. Each of these three fantastic songwriters will perform during a showcase at the FARM Conference in Iowa City, October 19 – 22, 2017. They were the top three among 121 songs submitted by 48 artists.

Brianna Lane of The Warming House, a listening room in the heart of Minneapolis, was the marvelous coordinator of the contest. Judges were Brianna, John Louis also of The Warming House, Nancy Emrich-Freeman of Lilfest, and singer / songwriter Kerry Patrick Clark. The judges had a difficult time choosing among all the wonderful entries. “The diversity of the songs, the quality, and the different tastes of the judges all made it a very interesting and difficult process” Lane said. Songs were judged on lyrics, musicality, enjoyability, and performance execution. At first entrees were narrowed down to 10 semifinalists, then to five finalists, with the top three earning the showcase spots.

Following is a little bit about the three wining artists and their songs:

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FARM Announces 2017 Awardees

We are proud to honor:

Dave Moore, 2017 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Award Winner

and Andy Cohen, 2017 Lantern Bearer Award Winner.  

Join the ceremony Thursday night, Oct 19th

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Moore was raised in Cedar Rapids and resides in Iowa City. He records for Red House records, and has toured throughout the United States and Canada.   Dave was a frequent guest on American Public Radio`s “A Prairie Home Companion”. He was the recipient of a National Endowment For The Arts grant in 1987 to study conjunto music in San Antonio. In Iowa, he was an artist in residence in the schools.



One doesn’t condense seventy years into five hundred words without losing something in the translation, but if you can imagine a life in which all efforts were subordinated to a single, preservationist theme, that’s Andy Cohen.  Ten years of grad school, thirty years of Archaeology, fifty years of playing old music and seventy years of listening to it in back of his advocacy position. As older ways of doing, making and thinking get replaced by shallow plastic pat answers designed for particular market niches, the older music that Andy and others do serves as a touchstone


Read more about Dave, Andy, and the annual FARM awards HERE.


Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2017 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!


Friends of FARM


Laura Lind
Andy Cohen
Mark Dvorak
Two Way Street Coffee House
Curt Joa
Sue Kessell
Tim Grimm
Sandy Andina
Deb Kirmer – Last Minute Folk Concerts
Annie Capps
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
JLMartin Music

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates


Dates for future FARM Conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

In Iowa City, IA
* October 19 – 22, 2017

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota