Am I “folk enough?”—Towards a Genre-expansive Movement In Fall 2022, my partner Jessica Gerhardt and I were signing up to attend our first Folk Alliance International conference. She asked me, “Do you really think my music is ‘folk enough’ for Folk Alliance?” The thing about folk music is: it’s made by folks, for folks. Blues […]Read moreMore Tag
Author: Michael Johnston
FAR-West Conference is Open for Registration!
com·mu·ni·ty [kəˈmyo͞onədē] NOUN 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common: “the FAR-West community” 2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals: “the sense of community that FAR-West provides in the communal conference & year-round activities that can be shared […]Read moreMore Tag
The Lemonade Stand #7 by Laura Zucker
Note to the reader: The editors typically request a shorter piece from our bloggers, but because Laura has been away from FAR-West for a time, we have published her longer blog in its entirety. We hope you enjoy it. Hello my fellow FAR-Westians!!! It’s been a while- for so many things. But you’ve never been […]Read moreMore Tag
Announcing our 2023 Election candidates!
Dear FAR-West Community, On behalf of the FAR-West Board of Directors, thank you for your nominations for the Board of Directors. As Secretary and Chair of the Nominations Committee, I am pleased to announce our candidates in this upcoming election: Stephen Bond Garvan (incumbent) Gaby Castro (incumbent) Tim Bruegger Aimée Campbell Michelle Demers Shaevitz Rob […]Read moreMore Tag
FAR-West’s 2023 Conference Director Announced
Hello FAR-West Community! I write today on behalf of the entire Board of Directors of FAR-West to announce some very exciting news! It gives me great pleasure to announce that Nancy Berk will be our Conference Director for FAR-West’s 2023 Conference at Woodland Hills, California, October 12-15! Let me introduce Nancy. Nancy Berk recently joined […]Read moreMore Tag
The Lemonade Stand #6 by Kerry Patrick Clark
What’s New? What’s Old? What’s Confusing and Mysterious? I smiled as I read these words from the August, FAR West email. Feeling like it was just yesterday when we were singing in hallways and gathering to connect and be everything that I (we) have come to love about FAR West! Pandemic Paralysis! That’s where I’ve […]Read moreMore Tag
Message from the President of FAR-West
Greetings from the Board of Directors of FAR-West! As we approach the end of the year, FAR-West needs you! The new year of 2023 will offer so many great opportunities for giving: your talents, skills, creativity, artistry and presence. And now as 2022 comes to a close, your charitable giving can become a significant and important support for […]Read moreMore Tag
Launching Lemonade Stand
Welcome to the Lemonade Stand! Coming Soon! Watch this space for the upcoming launch of the new monthly blog from the FAR-West Community. This space will be the place for the reconstituted lemonade (formerly known as the “Lockdown Lemonade“) of ideas, trends and stories from our FAR-West membership and beyond, writing monthly pieces of 300 […]Read moreMore Tag