LIers’ Presence is Felt at NERFA Conference in The Catskills


from Acoustic Music Scene

Long Island was well represented at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference at Kutsher’s Resort in Monticello, New York over the Veterans Day weekend.  Local residents accounted for some five-percent of the 600+ people in attendance and made their presence felt more than ever before – hosting and participating in late-night music showcases and song swaps, serving as workshop panelists, jamming in the lobby,  and, in general, enjoying the esprit de corps that characterized this year’s conference. 

“It was one of the best conferences I ever attended in nearly 40 years in the business … exhausting, as always, but energizing, too,” wrote John Platt, host of WFUV’s “City Folk Sunday Morning” in a posting to the Folk DJ listserv, in which he expressed thanks to his fellow folk DJs for introducing him to some wonderful artists on Thursday night and to all the musicians who played in the myriad showcases.  Platt, who participated in the Thursday night Folk DJs’ Choice showcase and helped emcee the weekend’s formal showcases, notes that “There were too many fine performances in the formal, tricentric and guerilla showcases to mention them all.”  However, he says that the consensus among his friends was that Twilight Hotel, Amy Speace, Ellis, and Anthony da Costa were among the conference buzzes. (Editor’s note: was proud to feature most of them in its late-night showcases).  

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