Official Showcase Information

Split between Friday and Saturday evenings, FARM features 14 Official Showcase Artists.  There is only one Official Showcase happening at a time, and there are no other conference events during the Official Showcase time.  In other words, all eyes will be on YOU when you perform!

Congratulations to our 2019 Official Showcase Artist!

Rod Abernethy (South Carolina), Asaran Earth Trio (New York/Belgium), T Buckley (Calgary, Alberta), Katie Dahl (Wisconsin), Rj Cowdery (Ohio), Gaines & Wagoner (Wisconsin), Joel Mabus (Michigan), Deidre McCalla (Georgia), Drew Nelson (Michigan), Nickel & Rose (Wisconsin), Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (New Hampshire), Sundae & Mr. Goessl (Washington), Windborne (Massachusetts), Zoe Speaks (Kentucky)

and the Alternates:
Michael Kelsey (Indiana), Michael Braunfeld (Pennsylvania)
We’re really excited about this line-up of diverse acts from all over the U.S. and Canada!

Katie Dahl - Friday Night 8:00pm

Known for writing evocative, intelligent songs of place, Katie Dahl is a nationally touring playwright and songwriter whose work Dar Williams has called “the very best kind of songwriting.” Her newest album, “Wildwood,” was produced by JT Nero (Birds of Chicago) and released in September 2019. Booking info:

T. Buckley - Friday 9:20pm

T. Buckley has been a staple of Western Canada’s music scene for the past several years. “Buckley has the catchy melodies of the ‘70’s era singer-songwriters, when writers like James Taylor and Cat Stevens ruled, and the succinct writing of the later Texas school, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt”. – Bob Mersereau Booking info:

Gaines & Wagoner - Friday 8:20 PM

Based in Madison, WI, the award-winning husband and wife duo of Mary Gaines (cello, guitar, vocals) and Chris Wagoner (violin, mandolin, lap steel, ukulele, vocals) play an eclectic mix of Americana originals and classics: folk to jazz, bluegrass to blues, honky-tonk and a little singer songwriter on the side. Booking info:

SUNDAE + MR. GOESSL - Friday 9:40pm

Sundae + Mr. Goessl are a charming wife/husband duo featuring humor, vintage style and serious chops in their multiple award winning act. Bringing back the tunes from yesteryear while seamlessly presenting originals (IMA Nominee, 2018), this act can be described in a single word: delightful. Booking info:

RoD Abernethy - Friday 8:40pm

Rod Abernethy’s latest album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached No.9 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart in 2018. An authentic southern folk troubadour, storyteller and master guitarist, Rod performs songs and guitar instrumentals that revolve around family, friends and places in the Deep South. Booking info:

windborne - Friday 10:00pm

Internationally acclaimed vocal group Windborne is known for the power and innovation of their arrangements, as well as their unrivaled mastery of polyphonic music from around the world. Currently Windborne is touring a project called “Song on the Times”, songs of social struggle from movements over the past 400 years. Booking info:

Deidre McCalla - Friday 9:00pm

Deidre McCalla doesn’t merely take the stage – she owns it. Dubbed the “dreadlocked troubadour” by the Miami Herald, Deidre McCalla’s disarmingly charming stage presence is relentlessly engaging as she celebrates the power and diversity of the human spirit with fiercely insightful songwriting, refreshingly cool vocals, and agile guitar work. Booking info:

RJ COWDERY - Saturday 8:00pm

Ohio based Rj Cowdery is widely – and wildly appealing. Her lyrics are unpretentious and warm with wry humor punctuated by some seriously sweet guitar playing. She writes about some of the most difficult of emotions in a way that allows listeners to lean in hard against her honeyed voice, and then come out the other side changed.
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drew nelson - Saturday 9:20pm

Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots rock with traditional folk styles. Drew describes himself as “a God fearing feeder of birds.” Booking info:


“If you’re one of those people who likes any style done well – old-school jazz, folk, pop, classical – you’ll love this prodigiously talented threesome. Keyboards, brass, all sorts of strings, and beautiful singing make for a dynamic show packed with energy and surprises.” – Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena
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zoe speaks - Saturday 9:40pm

Zoe Speaks is a band from the mountains of Kentucky performing roots & traditional songs and socially conscious originals. Song contest wins include Telluride Troubador, Merlefest’s Chris Austin Contest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville New Folk. Their album “Wings” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Chart.
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joel mabus - Saturday 8:40pm

Joel Mabus is a longtime fixture in american folk music. A songwriter with roots deep in tradition, he’s toured the major folk clubs and festivals all over North America. Cornell Folk Song Society says he “is a free ranging fretboard genius and funny, deep songwriter whose warm voice, sly humor, and musicianship sweep audiences along for the ride.”
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asaran earth trio - Saturday 10:00pm

Asaran Earth Trio is an all-female multinational group of virtuosic musicians and educators. Together they perform folk songs from around the globe as well as original compositions, uniquely arranged for voice and percussion. Their music honors their roots while simultaneously reveling in improvisations and contemporary harmonies.
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nickel and rose - Saturday 9:00pm

Nickel & Rose have influences that span the spectrum of American music. Carl’s background brings elements of West African music and blues while Johanna brings her experience playing bluegrass, folk and jazz. From loss to heart break to love, Nickel & Rose address the human experience with gentle harmonies, soul stirring cries and a shared appreciation for traditional music. Booking info:

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