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June 1st RISA NERFA Conference at URI
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) hosted a one day convention of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) on Saturday, June 1, 2013.


The convention brought together regional performers, radio DJs, venue operators, music presenters and producers, festival organizers, agents and others in the regions folk music scene with the objective of showcasing new talent, conducting workshops, panel discussions and providing networking opportunities.


A partnership between RISA, who planned the programming, NERFA, who provided administrative support and the URI Music Department who provided facilities and facility support, the event is part of NERFA’s regional Mini Conference program designed to augment and target select local music communities.


Over 100 attendees from the Northeast U.S. participated in the day’s activities which  included:


Performance showcases:

Ten performers were selected from a field of 75 applicants by judges Barbara Wahlberg (former Stone Soup, Booking), Jane Falvey (WRIU DJ) and Russ Gusetti (Blackstone River Theatre Music Director).  The Showcase performers were:  Sarah Blacker, the Boxcar Lilies, Digging Roots, Josh Joffen, Chrise LaVancher, Joanne Lurgio, Heather Pierson, Heather Styka, Robin O'Herin, and Stefilia's Stone.


In- Depth workshops:

Building your Audience, Using a Producer, How to Get Radio Air Play, Before you Record, "On the Griddle" instant critique session, Mixing and Mastering.   Presenters , Panelists and Judges were: Susan Cattaneo, David Correia, Diane Crowe, Barbara & Graham Dean, Tracey Delfino, Jane Falvey, Loretta Hagen,  Michael Kornfeld, John Mailloux, Nick Noble, and Bob Weiser.

Product Demonstrations- Toys for the Acoustic Musician:


What’s new in Acoustic instruments – Wakefield Music


What’s new in performance technology for the acoustic performer – Guitar Center

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