Below is the link to the video of the 2011 FAR-West Welcome and the inspirational Keynote address by John McCutcheon. If you only want to see the Keynote speech, give the video a few minutes to load and then scroll forward to minute 18:18.
On Thursday evening, October 20 FAR-West will kick off its annual conference with a Folk DJs' Choice concert. Ten Folk DJs from around the region will each introduce an artist. The DJ's independently chose the performers, so it will be a great show. Here's the line-up:
Karen Olch, KRVM, Eugene, OR introducing Jeff Martin Gene Bach, KSYC, Yreka, CA introducing Lauren Sheehan Greg Harness, KRBX, Boise, ID introducing Lee Penn Sky Ed Mellnik, KHMD, Portland, OR, introducing Laura Kemp Michael O'Neill, KGHP, Gig Harbor, WA, introducing Freebo Dennis Brunnenmeyer, KVMR, Nevada City, CA, introducing Rachel Harrington Mike Meyer, OPB, etc. Eugene, OR, introducing Steve Young Frank Gosar, KLCC, Eugene, OR introducing Katie Henry Diane Hunt, KBOO, Portland OR, introducing Steve Cheseborough Andrea Berman, Vancouver, BC, introducing Claudia Nygaard
Creating community among musicians, presenters, non-commercial radio broadcasters, support and educational organizations that seek to raise the visibility and expand the influence of folk and acoustic music in the West.