Who’s Showcasing at FARM – The final list

ASHLEY CONDON copySaturday @ 9:30 – Ashley Condon

Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. Growing up on everything from old-time country to folk, blues and soul, her music resonates.


Moors & McCumber are a songwriting duo and multi-instrumentalists. After having met around the campfires of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in 2005, James Moors and Kort McCumber (based in Superior, WI and Gold Hill, CO respectfully) began experimenting with co-writing and performing together. Fast forward to 2014 and the duo is recording their fourth studio CD with acclaimed producer Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. Reaching for new instruments throughout their show they conjure powerful melodies and harmony vocals that have drawn them in comparison to the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Recent festival performances include; Kerrville, Pagosa Springs Folk Fest, Florida Folk Fest, Bliss Fest and Moab Folk Fest.

Underhills copySaturday @ 10:10 – The Underhills

The Underhills are a five-piece acoustic group formed in Bloomington, Indiana in 2012. Masterfully weaving together guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass, the band creates an original sound that is evocative of old-time folk and bluegrass music, while experimenting with new ideas and grooves not typically heard on these instruments. Inspired by the wooded hills of southern Indiana, they combine rich harmonies and virtuosic instrumental ability to carve out their own niche within bluegrass music.

Andrew Calhoun copyFriday @ 9:10 – Andrew Calhoun

Andrew Calhoun performs original songs, Scots songs and ballads in original translations, folk songs and spirituals, and songs and poems by writers he admires. Andrew Calhoun was born a month prematurely, in New Haven, CT, late in 1957, to a mother who spent her pregnancy with hepatitis. She welcomed him with songs like “I Gave My Love a Cherry,” “I Ride an Old Paint,” and even “The Cruel Mother.” Ten years later he asked for a guitar, and two years later, began receiving songs. He has two children, Louis and Casey. In 1992 he founded the Waterbug label. He’s recorded eleven albums, two books of poetry and a book of humor.

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Heather Pierson copySaturday @ 8:30 – Heather Pierson

Missouri-born Heather Pierson is a multi-genre singer/songwriter and veteran performer.   Her latest CD, The Hard Work of Living, reached #18 on the FOLK-DJ charts and features her award winning single “A Hard Man To Please”.   Armed with bell-tone vocals, instrumental virtuosity, and a deep passion for sharing honesty and beauty, Heather speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow.  She is joined by Davy Sturtevant on strings and Shawn Nadeau on upright bass.  Featuring intricate instrumental arrangements and tight three-part vocal harmonies, the trio’s live performances move seamlessly from jazz to bluegrass to folk.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday @ 8:50 – Paddy Mills

Paddy Mills is the son of a part time DJ at the local AM country radio station. He grew up in the small fishing village of Owl’s Head, Maine and cut his teeth playing Irish music at pubs throughout New England. Over the past year Paddy has won the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition and the Mid Atlantic Song Contest. www.paddymills.com


LYAL STRICKLAND copySaturday @ 9:10 – Lyal Strickland

Full of rural grit and grace, Ozarks native Lyal Strickland is as authentic as they come, balancing songwriting, touring, and raising grass-fed beef. His songs come straight from the heart with a heavy dose of reality. “Smooth and sophisticated, Strickland’s astounding new album” (Kansas City Star) examines economic upturns and downturns and the intricacies of small town culture.

  • 2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Finalist
  • 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards finalist (Americana/Folk/Roots)
  • 2014 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist

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

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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