FARM will announce the 2017 Award Winners here in summer, 2017

At its annual conference FARM typically presents two awards, the Lantern Bearer Award and the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award. The FARM Board of Directors makes the choice for and awards the Lantern Bearer Award. The FARM members nominate individuals for the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award.

Information about the FARM awards, including details about the 2015 and 2016 awardees, is below and includes the names of those who have received these awards in the past.

Awardees will both be honored at the 26th Annual FARM conference in Iowa City, October 19 – 22, 2017


Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award

The Annual Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award is awarded at the annual FARM Gathering to a living individual who resides in the Midwest and whose involvement in the Midwest folk music and dance community: 1) has been of significant duration, 25 years or more; 2) has been of significant intensity; 3) has involved significant service to the Midwest folk community; 4) has reached, and reaches, beyond a single sector, such as concert performance, into the wider community; and 5) has extended folk music and/or dance outward, into the wider community. The FARM Board has standardized nomination and selection procedures for this award, which is growing in meaning and prestige and which serves not only to honor one person, but to increase awareness of and strengthen ties within and beyond the Midwest folk music and dance community.

Past recipients of the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award include:  Sally Potter (2016), Ann & Will Schmid (2015), Eric Peltoniemi (2014), Jim Blum (2013), Cathy Barton and Dave Para (2012), Bob Blackman (2011), Maggie Ferguson (2009), David Tamulevich (2008), Juel Ulven (2007), Margaret Nelson (2006), Dave Humphreys (2005), Glen & Judi Morningstar (2004), Stan Werbin (2003), Rich Warren (2002), Larry Bruner (2001), Art Thieme (2000)

If you’d like to nominate someone for this award for 2017 click to download the Nomination Form and instructions here.

Sally Potter was honored with this award in 2016:

Sally Potter low resSally Potter is a powerhouse in the Mid-Michigan folk music community as a singer, song leader and successful producer of acoustic music events. In 2003, she founded the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, a huge gathering of singing enthusiasts for a weekend of musical fun. In 2007, she was awarded a Crystal Award by the City of East Lansing for her “outstanding contribution to community life.”








Lantern Bearer Award

The Lantern Bearer Recognition is given to an individual who has contributed locally and regionally to folk performance arts and the folk music and dance community for 25 years or more. The person recognized is selected by—and at the discretion of—the FARM Board of Directors.

Past recipients of the Lantern Bearer Award include: Sue Kessell (2016), Matt Watroba (2015), Mark Dvorak (2013), Andrew Calhoun (2012), Lou & Peter Berryman (2011), Susan Urban and Phil Cooper (2009), Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern (2008), Joel Mabus (2006)

Sue Kessell was awarded the 2016 Lantern Bearer Award.

Sue Kessell colorSue’s lifelong love of Folk music began in her teens with Jewish youth group and a much older brother, who was an avid fan of all kinds of music. Upon hearing that she liked the Folk music of the 1960s, he said she had to hear where it all began and introduced her to the albums of the Weavers from his large record collection.

Sue became involved in Folk Alliance right from the early years, volunteering to help organize the Chicago conference and attending every international conference since. In 2002 Sue co-founded theannual Folk DJ reception at the International conference, which she is still organizing, including raising the funds to cover the costs of the event. She has attended many of the conferences of the Midwest FAI region over the years, also helping to initiate a Folk DJ showcase and serving on the DJ workshop panel at FARM.





Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2015 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!

Friends of FARM

2016 Friends:
Sandy Andina
Annie Capps
Mark Dvorak
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Two Way Street Coffee House
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM Conferences

In Iowa City, IA
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

Location to be announced
* October 25 - 28, 2018
* October 24 - 27, 2019
* October 22 - 25, 2020

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota