Some 800 performing artists, presenters, promoters, agents and managers, folk DJs and others actively engaged in contemporary and traditional folk music will converge on the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York, Nov. 12-15, 2015, for the 21st Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. AcousticMusicScene.com will again have a major presence as it hosts afternoon and late-night song swaps, in addition to its popular Midnight Hoot at the close of the conference’s first day. To continue reading this conference preview, click on the headline.
Thirty-two songwriters have been named as finalists in the 2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. Chosen from among hundreds of submissions from around the world, the finalists will perform the two songs they submitted during the New Folk Concerts slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 23 and 24, as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival. [To continue reading this article on AcousticMusicScene.com, click on the headline.]
Several thousand people are expected to converge on New York City, Jan. 9-13, 2015, for the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). Now in its 58th year, the global performing arts marketplace and conference will feature more than 1000 artist showcases, a large EXPO Hall featuring nearly 400 exhibitors, daily plenary sessions and keynote speakers, and a wide array of professional development workshops and forums. For the first time in its history, select sessions and plenaries will live stream free for industry professionals, artists and the public. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
With his engaging personality, wonderful wit, soulful and resonant tenor, and solid songwriting and performance skills, Vance Gilbert has been impressing audiences since emerging on the Northeast folk and singer-songwriter scene during the early 1990s. Kathy Sands-Boehmer posed some questions to him recently. [To read Kathy's Quick Q & A with Vance Gilbert, click on the headline.]
A private memorial service took place in New Hampshire on Friday, July 29, for Bill Morrissey, a Grammy-nominated, nationally touring folksinger-songwriter, for whom the granite state was home and its small-town life the inspiration behind much of his material. Morrissey died at age 59 of complications of heart disease in Georgia on July 23 while on tour. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
A couple of music festivals of note in the Northeast take place during the first weekend in July -- one along the cobblestoned streets of the old whaling port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the other at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York. [To read the article, click on the headline.]
Tim O'Brien's Chicken & Egg tops the Roots Music Report's Folk Radio Chart this week, followed by albums by Red Horse, Frazey Ford, The John Hartford Stringband and Mumford & Sons. New or returning this week on the Folk Top 50 are albums by The YaYas, LJ Booth, Suzie Vinnick, Joe Crookston, Cheryl Wheeler, Anne & Pete Sibley, Dala, Caroline Herring, The Once, Natalie Merchant, 3 Penny Acre, Hey Mavis, John McVey, Phil Selway, Julian Moon, Sam Buckingham, Ruth Moody, Jennie DeVoe and Ellis Paul. [To view the current Roots Music Report Folk Radio Chart, click on the headline.]
Detailed listings for nearly 100 concerts, festivals, open mics, jam sessions and musical workshops slated for November in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties appear in this installment of AcousticMusicScene.com’s Long Island AcoustiCalendar. Editor's Note: Links to websites and online calendars covering other parts of the New York metropolitan area, the Northeast and beyond appear in the Regional Calendars section of AcousticMusicScene.com. [To view the Long Island AcoustiCalendar, click on the headline.]
Buskin & Batteau, The Decemberists, John Flynn, The Folk Brothers, Sara Hickman, Sonny Landreth, Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink, the Del McCoury Band, Ellis Paul, Rebirth Brass Band, Tom Rush, Jill Sobule, Tony Trischka and the Derek Trucks Band are among the dozens of acts slated to perform during the 48th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 14-16, at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music, as well as dance, crafts, an array of children’s activities in the shady Dulcimer Grove, and a unique late-night scene (with jamming into the wee morning hours in the 40-acre campgrounds), the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest continuously running U.S. festival of its kind. [To read...
Antje Duvekot is a talented German-born and Boston area-based folk-pop singer-songwriter whose latest album, The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer, produced by Richard Shindell, has been drawing critical acclaim and considerable airplay on folk radio. New York-based singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman interviewed Antje recently for her new Songwriting Scene blog. Her interview is re-posted here with permission. [To read Sharon's Q & A with Antje Duvekot, click on the headline.]