All Things Folk at NERFA
How many of you out there knew that there was an entity called Folk Alliance International? The organization defines “folk” as anything that is rooted in tradition, indigenous to one’s culture. FAI is made up all types such as songwriters, story tellers, bluegrass, blues, soul, world music, spoken word, zydeco and oh so much more. They hold a huge conference every winter and it attracts hundreds of people interested in the music business: musicians, agents, publicists, producers, etc. There are also sub-divisions of this great organization and they are broken down geographically—Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, and Far West. I just returned from the annual North East meeting (NERFA).
I’ve been attending NERFA for seven years, I believe. It’s one of my most favorite weekends of the year because it’s a love fest devoted to all things related to the music that most resonates with me. Getting to hang out with people who love what they do is energizing. I may not be a musician but I’m a kindred soul. I love listening and I love talking about it and strategizing and doing my best to promote musicians whom I believe in. This brings me much joy.
NERFA takes place at the Hudson Valley Resort in beautiful downtown Kerhonkson, New York. The hotel is abuzz with music 24/7 all weekend long. In addition, there are workshops, seminars, open mics, juried showcases and informal “guerilla” showcases. It’s difficult to explain how it all works but it does! By the last day, everyone is extremely sleep deprived but ecstatic at the same time.
Words escape me right now since I’m still suffering from fatigue so here are some photos that may help you get the idea about what attending NERFA is all about!
Tall Heights in a guerilla showcase
Lobby jams are a blast!