2017 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists Announced

I have been attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) since the late 1990s. This annual gathering of artists, DJs, promoters, presenters and fans has been a gathering that has a profound influence on me. NERFA provides an opportunity to meet with old friends, hear “new” artists and to … → read more

People’s Music Network at NERFA

PMN at NERFA 2016

The 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) was held November 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This was a new location for NERFA and the general consensus appears favorable for the new digs. Some growing pains, but it is a sign of a healthy organization and … → read more

NERFA 2015

Ron’s Thoughts on the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlists for November 29 & December 13, 2015 My radio programs for November 29 and December 10 were filled with exciting new music that I picked up at the 21st annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) … → read more

Remembering Theodore Bikel

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for July 26, 2015 Over the past few years, I find myself broadcasting memorial shows much too frequently. The folk music community recently said farewell to another influential member when Theodore Bikel passed away on July 20 at the age of 91. A true multi-faceted artist whose … → read more

A Day in New Jersey with NERFA

When musicologists first began collecting folk songs, they found themselves studying the communities and the kinship the songs had with the common people in the localities they were examining. In the early 20th century the study of folk songs took on a greater urgency when there was a fear that … → read more