The 2017 FAR-West elections are completed and here are the results. Many thanks to the FAR-West members who cast their votes.
The 2017 FAR-West elections are completed and here are the results. Many thanks to the FAR-West members who cast their votes.
FAR-West Best of the West 2017 to Honor Alice Stuart, Peter Langston and Janet Peterson and the Guitar Workshop, and the Sisters Folk Festival
Mark Kaufman – FAR-West President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Lundgren – FAR-West Vice-President and 2017 Conference Co-Chair - email@example.com
Janet Dukes - FAR-West Secretary and 2017 Conference Co-Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie van Winkle - Publicist, FAR-West 2017 - email@example.com
FAR-West Best of the West 2017 to Honor
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop,
and Sisters Folk Festival
Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) is proud to announce the recipients of its Best of the West Awards for 2017. This year’s honorees are ground-breaking songwriter and performer Alice Stuart, music educator Peter Langston and Janet Peterson with the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Sisters Folk Festival.
FAR-West established the Best of the West (BOTW) awards in 2005 to honor individuals who have maintained an enduring presence in the folk and acoustic music scene in the West, and who continue to inspire others by embodying folk values and traditions. This year’s awards will be presented in October at FAR-West’s annual conference in Bellevue, WA.
To receive Best of the West awards, an individual or organization must demonstrate excellence in one’s craft; an enduring presence in the geographic FAR-West folk community for at least a decade; embody or build upon folk values and traditions; and promote, nurture, foster and expand the audience and opportunities for folk music and musicians in the FAR-West geographic region.
FAR-West congratulates Alice Stuart, and Peter Langston and Janet Peterson of the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Sisters Folk Festival on being this year’s honorees.
Ahead of her time, Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in music as one of the only females in the country to write her own music, front a male band, and play lead guitar on national and international circuits. She blazed the trail in rock, blues and folk with equal skill and success. Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Dick Waterman, once remarked, "There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart."
Alice spent the mid-60's and 70's, one of the most creative musical periods of the century, making music with some of the greatest artists of that time. She toured the US and Europe with her band Snake and as tour support for Van Morrison. The list of artists she played with in that period of time is an awesome one. They include Michael Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, John Prine, Albert King, Asleep at the Wheel, Richard Greene, Elvin Bishop, Sonny Terry, Tower of Power & Commander Cody. During this period, Alice also appeared on The Dick Cavett Show, with George Carlin as guest host, and won rave reviews from Billboard, Guitar Player, and Rolling Stone magazines for her recordings and performances.
Alice began performing professionally in Seattle during the early 60's. In 1964, Alice was introduced to California audiences at the Berkeley Folk Festival, then the biggest festival on the West Coast. There she met and subsequently toured and performed with many folk artists like Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Rosalie Sorrells & Mississippi John Hurt. In the next few years, she also played with blues greats Lightnin' Hopkins, Jesse Fuller, Albert King and The Chambers Brothers. In 1965, Alice joined forces with Frank Zappa during the formation of the Mothers of Invention. Her LPs on Arhoolie (1964) and Fantasy Records (1970 and 1972) are landmark recordings. One of her songs, "I Ruined Your Life" from her 2002 Burnside release Can't Find No Heaven was part of the soundtrack for the film "The Station Agent" (Miramax, 2003). Her songs have been recorded by many other artists, including Jackie DeShannon, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Rabbit and the late Kate Wolf as she continues to inspire players and audiences, young and old.
Founded in 1974 by Larry Squire, Flip Breskin and David Auer, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop has taken place at a camp/retreat each summer in the tall pines of Washington State. Peter Langston and Janet Peterson now serve as the coordinators of the Workshop.
Peter also directs the California Bluegrass Association's Summer Music Camp at Grass Valley, CA. He grew up in the urban "folk scare" of the 50s and 60s and has played bluegrass and old-time music on a range of instruments for more than 50 years. Janet is a founding member of the band Motherlode in which she sings and plays cello and guitar, (but never the banjo). She is also Co-Director of the California Bluegrass Association's Summer Music Camp at Grass Valley as well as being the on-site coordinator for the American Banjo Camp.
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop runs three independent, one-week-long Guitar Workshop sessions each year designed for adults ranging from bare-bones beginners to professional musicians and singers. Over the past 43 years, thousands of students and hundreds of teachers have participated. It is always full, with a large waiting list.
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop has been and continues to be a significant force in creating and nurturing artists and the audiences that listen to them. Each camp week is also an experience of fellowship and bonding that carries on throughout the year in various cities, especially the greater Seattle area.
Many of the top artists in the Northwest have taught there, some got their beginnings there as students. Among them, you will find many FAR-West members as well as talented folks from all around the country. The list includes FAR-West Official Showcase performers and Best of the West honorees. A few names from the long list of teachers include: Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber, Terre Roche, Missy Raines, Faith Petric, Orville Johnson, Bill Keith, Mary Flower, Cathy Fink, Linda Waterfall, Roland White, Phil and Vivian Williams, Sally Van Meter, Cosy Sheridan.
For the second year, FAR-West will give an Organizational Achievement Award. This year’s awardee is Sisters Folk Festival from Sisters, OR. Beyond producing a highly regarded three day fall festival, Sisters Folk Festival has evolved into a year round cultural arts organization. It is responsible for the highly successful innovative music and arts education program, the Americana Project; the community-themed arts fundraiser, My Own Two Hands; the intimate Americana Song Academy; and the Winter Concert Series. The organization brings over $1.2 million dollars to this small community’s economy and has transformed the Central Oregon cultural landscape in a wide variety of ways.
The annual FAR-West Music Conference takes place October 5 – 8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue WA. For details and registration visit: https://www.far-west.org/
Best of the West criteria and past honorees can be found at this link: https://www.far-west.org/botw2017.html
Who were Roz & Howard Larman? Roz and Howard Larman were simply the heart and soul of West Coast folk, the music, the scene, its very presence. Their Pacifica radio show ran over 40 years and presented practically everyone in folk-roots-singer-songwriter music, from legends like Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright, Jackson Browne, Kate Wolf, Tom Waits and the McGarrigles, to genre-crossers like Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Lucinda Williams, to relative newcomers like Antje Duvekot, Dar Williams, the DittyBops, and hundreds more. Their blessing could, in a single stroke, engender unshakable credibility in artists whose "folkiness" could be considered marginal or tenuous. Indeed, as was uttered more than a few times, if Roz liked it, "it was folk". Roz & Howard were also founding members of FAR-West, attending every meeting of the founding committee. In addition, they were former recipients of the FAR-West "Best of the West" Ambassador award. They were on numerous panels and workshops at our early conferences, and also served on the Showcase Selection committee for many years.
There are four events at FAR-West 2016 that are open to the public. Advance ticket sales are available at the FAR-West Brown Paper Tickets site, and will be available at the door of each event. Details and featured artists for each can be found here. If you are an artist with fans in the Seattle area or a presenter/host with people who attend your shows, please share the information about the opportunity to hear some great music and storytelling at our conference (Oct 13-16).
Deadlines! We've got some Important Deadlines!
Raffle Donations Monday, Sept 5th: Your Donations of music items or services for our raffle will ultimately benefit musicians who want to come to our conference who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial hardship via the Howard Larman Memorial Scholarship. Contact Chrissie Natoli at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your Raffle Donation(s).
Tote Bag Sponsor Wednesday, Sept 7th: The FAR-West Tote Bag is a great way to get your name, CD, showcase schedule, smiling face, logo, brand or any other promotional items out to your fellow folkies. Putting your logo on our tote bag is a shout-out to all attendees that you are someone to pay attention to. And as a tote bag sponsor, whatever item you include in the tote bag will back up your brand or logo. Contact Info for your logo and for items is included with other instructions at this link.
Program Book Artwork due Monday, Sept 12th: Our Program Book is given to all attendees at the conference. It will include a schedule of events happening throughout the weekend, information about showcases, the Best of the West Awards Ceremony, Networking Center exhibitors and a complete directory of all registrants. People keep and refer to these books long after the conference is over. Please consider placing a paid advertisement in the program book. More Info, including specs, how to pay and who to contact with your artwork, is here.
For Raffle items, tote bag sponsorship or program book ads - you do not have to attend our conference to participate in any of these. We would, of course, love to have you attend but if it's not possible, you can still have a presence via any of these three items.
Networking Center Tables and Contracts due Monday, Sept 12th: The FAR-West Networking Center is more than just an "Exhibit Hall." It's the hub of business connections among performers, presenters and others at the conference. It’s the point where you have the greatest potential to meet the greatest number of conference attendees. A table will allow you to display information about your business, while also giving you a place to hold meetings. If you have music or videos to listen to, you can get electricity added to your table for an additional $10. You just need headphones so people can watch and listen without disturbing anyone else. And if you provide your own hotspot, you can access your youtube and website as well. The contract, contact info and more is at this link.
Hello, FAR-West Friends!
After learning so much from organizing last year’s raffle, I am really excited to be on board again this year. I know that many FAR-West attendees look forward to participating either by donating an item or a service, or by taking their chances to win a prize. And I also know that the money raised goes to a good cause, the Howard Larman Memorial Scholarship. which helps musicians with a financial difficulty who may not otherwise be able to attend our conference.
FAR-West is now ready to start accepting donations for the 2016 raffle! I have made some changes, including creating a dedicated email account. So please send all correspondence about the raffle to me, Chrissie Natoli, at: email@example.com. Last year was a challenge for me as I was learning the raffle-ropes. Using this email address only for raffle business will make it easier to organize and be sure I don’t miss anything. So please send any raffle communications to me at firstname.lastname@example.org starting...NOW! :-)
In case you are new to FAR-West and are wondering what our raffle is all about, let me explain. At the conference, we will have a display of items that have been donated. This display will move to where the action is around the conference, i.e. near the registration desk in the morning, the networking center during the afternoon, and outside the big evening concerts. Everyone will be curious to see what is being offered and anxious to make a bid on their favorite prizes. Also, the items will be listed in the program book, which all conference-goers will keep (if they’re like me) forever. So if you have a business, service, or item that you want to get out in front of the music and storytelling community, our raffle is a great place for it! And, of course, the prize-drawing on Sunday morning is one of the highlights of the whole event.
Here are some ideas from past raffles: a vocal lesson, visual art services, studio time, songwriting retreat, photography, massage, bio-writing (We ALL want to win that one!), tickets to an event or house concert series….or if you have a connection to a music store or organization that might be interested in donating, I’d love to hear about that, too. You are all creative and it’s an ever changing industry, so we are excited to see just what you come up with!!
THANK YOU all always for your talent, community, and generosity!
June 2016 FAR-West Newsletter
Now that you’ve registered for the 2016 FAR-West Music Conference in Bellevue, Washington, at the Hyatt Regency this October 13th to the 16th, it’s time to look at all of the opportunities to maximize your time.
WAIT! What? You haven’t registered yet? Well, it’s not too late to get a good deal! “Summer Special” rates are $175 for FAI members and $205 for non-members. Use this link to begin the registration process. Not a member of FAI? Join here and get the discounted rate, as well as access to many other discounted FAI membership services. Once registered, use this link to book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. That page also gives info about hotel parking, internet, restaurants in the area, and travel to/from SeaTac.
Although the conference is officially taking place starting on October 13th and ending on Sunday, October 16th, please remember that we will hold a pre-conference open mic at Dusty Strings on Wednesday, October 12th, and we will hold the third annual Storytelling Showcase on Sunday, October 16th from 2 till 3:30pm. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
Are funds a bit tight? The Howard Larman Scholarship was established to help qualifying musicians to attend our annual conference. Partial or full registration costs are available to help. Deadline to apply is August 5th, 2016.
Private Guerrilla Showcase rooms are still available. PGS rooms are a great way for artists to guarantee those late night showcase slots. Perform in your own room, and schedule others for a break! Most hosts charge a small fee for performance slots to offset the cost of the room. You can sleep in that room, too, to save some more money. (By hotel request, the PGS floor goes quiet at 2 am. There will also be jam rooms after 2 am in our conference area if you want to jam all night.) Venues and fans – you could host a room to highlight or introduce some of your favorite performers. Please note that all performers have to be registered for our conference in order to perform on the PGS floor.
Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse invitations have gone out to the group of artists registered by May 31st who were selected in the first random drawing for performance slots. All artists registered by August 15th will be eligible for the second round drawing.
Panels & Workshops are a large part of the educational opportunities at our conference. Proposals are now being accepted for consideration. We welcome ideas for a wide variety of programming that would provide professional and educational enrichment to FAR-West attendees. If you would like to submit a proposal, go to Panels and workshops 2016 for information and instructions. Please Note that the last day to submit proposals and suggestions is June 30th.
Every attendee receives a copy of our Official Program Book. Included are a schedule of conference events, showcase information, a listing of panels and workshops, the Best of the West Awards, Networking Center exhibitors, and a directory of attendees. Folks have been known to keep the directory as a reference tool long after the conference. What better way to be remembered than with an ad in the program book? There are a variety of ad options, including the outside back cover, full page color ads placed at the beginning of the book, and full, half or quarter page black and white ads placed throughout the book. Prices start at $55 for a quarter page ad.
When you check-in at our conference, the program book will be one of the items in your conference tote bag. The FAR-West Tote Bag is a great way to put your name, CD, showcase schedule, logo or any other promotional items in front of your fellow folkies. For $110, your name or logo can be advertised on the tote bag itself, plus an item of your choice inserted into the bag (flyers up to 8 ½ x 11 inches, or the other goodies mentioned above). You can also choose to just include a tote bag insert for $65. Whichever tote bag choice you make, you will need to provide approximately 400 insert items for the tote bag stuffing party on Thursday afternoon of our conference.
Last but not least, your presence at a table in our Networking Center is a fantastic way to get face-to-face with your fellow conference participants. The FAR-West Networking Center is more than just an "Exhibit Hall"; it's the hub of business connections among performers, presenters and other attendees. Our Networking Center is the place where you have the greatest potential to network and share information. Tables can be reserved at $55 for a half table, or $90 for a full table. Besides displaying posters, music, or other merchandise, you can also set up laptops, tablets, or mp3 players (with headphones, please) to share your music or performances. Electrical hookups are available for $10. If you provide your own hotspot, you can set your laptop or tablet to your YouTube channel.
Your registration includes the Best of the West Luncheon. Honorees this year include Danny O’Keefe for the Performer Award and Peter McCracken/Centrum Foundation for the Ambassadors’ Award. We will also honor the Seattle Folklore Society which is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The Best of the West Luncheon is always a conference highlight and a chance to recognize some of the people who help promote folk music and traditions in our region.
Don’t forget that you can log back in to your registration at any time to make changes or add opportunities, but remember that some of the options have deadlines or are available only in a limited number. Don’t wait too long!
Join us on social media and help share the fun of FAR-West with your musical friends.
#farwest16 is our conference hashtag
Registration is Now Open for our 13th FAR-West Conference, near Seattle, WA at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, October 13-16, 2016.
Early Bird registration rates are available until May 31st. Rates are Only $150 for Folk Alliance members, and $180 for non-members. Prices go up $25 on June 1st. For Canadian attendees, there is a rate that helps adjust for the currency exchange, using the code OCanada. Bands of 3 or more members who register together will get a $10 per person savings. In addition, there are also discounts available for house concert hosts, DJs, and small venues. Email Jeanette Lundgren (email@example.com) for information and link to a short survey to see if you qualify.
Use this link to go to the conference website to start your registration or to get all conference details.
We are now accepting submissions for the Official Showcase. You have until April 30th to submit but early applications are encouraged so that the judges can get to work right away and not be deluged at deadline. We hope that the guidelines and tips at this link will answer all of your questions and make it easy for you to submit with just a few clicks. There are 12 slots available for 2016: six artists will be featured in 20-minute slots on Friday night, and six artists on Saturday night.
Having trouble finding the funds to attend? The Howard Larman Scholarship may be the answer. Scholarships to assist with registration will be awarded in two groups: the first in June, the second in late August. The early awards will consider applications made by May 31st, and the final submission deadline for all applications is August 5th. Early awards of funds will give attendees more time to arrange travel and/or tour plans. Even those applicants not awarded assistance in the first group will still be considered in the second round. If you are applying for a Larman Scholarship, you don’t need to wait to register. Just use the “pay by check” method, and send a $25 deposit to our treasurer, Ronnie Weinberger, within 3 weeks of your registration. The check will be returned if you are awarded a scholarship, applied to registration, or other fees. This will enable you to apply for performance opportunities without having to wait. (Larman info)
Trying to make a big impact at the conference, but on a budget? The FAR-West Board has added a special “buy more and save” option to reduce the cost of marketing and promotion. Purchase 2 or more of the specified merchandise options at the same time (tote bag insert, Networking Center table, full page color ad, half page or larger black and white ad) to get 20% off each item using the code 2fer in the box when registering. Sorry, we can’t make adjustments after your purchase is completed. However, if you decide to add a second item later, you will be able to take advantage of the discount for that 2nd item if you use the 2fer code. (Go to the conference website to see Marketing and Promotion info)
For all other things Conference related, please visit the Conference website. There you can find specific information and costs for Private Guerilla Showcases (PGS), program book ads, tote bag inserts and Networking Center tables. As we get closer to the conference, this site will also have more details about panels and workshops, Best of the West, our raffle, press releases and other general conference information. Once you have registered, you will get a confirmation email from our registration system. Then you will receive periodic messages with information available only to registered members. These messages will come from FAR-West News or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to spending time with you in Bellevue, Washington this October!
Thanks to KC Cafe Radio, we have an audio recording of the FAR-West 2015 Best of the West Ceremony. You can hear it here: https://kccaferadio.com/far-west-2015-best-of-the-west-award-ceremony