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Folk Fest scheduled at Fayette Opera House 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

Traditional and contemporary folk music takes center stage Saturday at the Historic Fayette Opera House during a conference sponsored by FARM (Folk Alliance Midwest Region). The single-day conference is being billed as FARMette and will end with a performance open to the public.

Folk Alliance is an international organization fostering and promoting traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, plus dance and related performing arts.

The Fayette Opera House was selected to host the FARMette conference because of its beautiful facility and central location for musicians from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

An annual four-day conference is scheduled later this year in St. Louis.

The FARMette conference provides an opportunity for musicians, venues, agents and managers to gather and hone their business, marketing, creative and performance skills.

“The idea of a single day conference is to attract individuals who might not otherwise consider attending a larger music conference,” said Bob Hofbauer conference director. “Just like the full conference they can expect to experience workshops for professional development and performance opportunities for beginners to long-time professionals.”

Hofbauer says that it’s a rare opportunity to be among professionals who can share their insights about succeeding in the folk music industry. Participants should learn innovative techniques from those experienced in the business.

“Any event where Joel Mabus, highly regarded traditional and Americana folk musician and storyteller, will be passing along his art can send participants home with new direction for their own performances,” Hofbauer said.

The conference includes an evening juried showcase starting at 7:30 p.m., which is open to the public. The concert will highlight live performances by some of the top folk musicians in the region. 

Conference participants are expected from as far away as Toronto and Iowa, along with those from all parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

For more information, contact Hofbauer at 419/485-3200. Concert tickets can be purchased at the Fayette Opera House at the cost of $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Workshops include:

• Group singing and jamming, with Cindy Morgan and Jim Hall

 • Recording arts and live sound, with Alan Finkbeiner

• Your career, with Jan Krist and David Tamulevich

• Small venue, with Bob Hofbauer

• “Thereby hangs the tale,” with Joel Mabus

Concert performers:

• Bill Bynum & Company, Trenton, Mich.

• Chad Elliot, Coon Rapids, Iowa

• Emily White, Chicago

• Heather Styka, Chicago

• Jason & Ginger, Bloomington, Ind.

• Jen Cass, Saginaw, Mich.

• Jim Bizer, Franklin, Mich.

• Jon Brooks, Toronto, Ont.

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