Maurice Smeets – Sound Tech 

We can’t remember a FARM conference where Maurice was not at the sound board. His partners in crime have varied over the years but most recently he’s been assisted by the lovely Karen Jensen who will be joining him again this year along with Karen’s son, Tony Padilla. This crew will undoubtedly be the hardest working bunch at the conference and we encourage you to thank them frequently. Maurice is a go-to sound guy in the Chicago area where he has run sound for the Two Way Street Coffee House, Maple Street Chapel Concerts and many others. FARM has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years and Maurice and crew continue to live up to the challenge!

Charlie Steen – Videographer

Charlie Steen is a storyteller and music lover! Since 2011, he has been lucky to work around the country and various parts of the world sharing stories and creating content for people, bands and brands. He’s created award-winning content for the largest of brands to the smallest of personal projects, and has had work featured by Sony Music Masterworks, Shure Microphones, The University of Michigan, Leon Speakers and more. Charlie’s looking forward to telling the story of FARM through his lens. You can see more and view his work at

Jayne Toohey – Photographer

It was her experience capturing images of the great folk performers at the Philadelphia Folk Festival that led Jayne to devoting much of her professional career to performance photography. More than three decades later, Jayne has come to be recognized among the pre-eminent folk music photographers, with her work prominently displayed at many Folk Alliance conferences and events along the way. She produced four editions of the “Naked Folk Calendar” in the 2000s and collaborated on the 2018 publication of “Smiling Banjo: A Half Century of Love and Music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival”. (All proceeds of the book will benefit the Philadelphia Folksong Society.) Jayne lives in Media, PA and regularly attends the annual Folk Alliance International and NERFA conferences. This is her third FARM conference. Many of the great images you see on our website were from her time at FARM in 2010-2012. Visit for more.

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