The Board of Directors has worked hard all year to keep the music happening. I would like to thank the Board members for their dedication, inspiration and good humor. The Board meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM (and the festival committee meets at 6:30 on the same night, starting in March) at Sheridan’s Pub in Smyrna. This year we say "good-bye" to two great board members who have moved away - Kae Mason and Kristen Hamilton. We also welcomed local music legend Crabmeat Thompson to the Board. We are pleased to have several members continuing in their service - John Kidd, Kelly Crumpley, Nancy McGee, Rob Fox, (Treasurer) and Storm Longhauser. We focus a great deal of our time, energy and other resources on the Delmarva Folk Festival, and this year the festival was brilliant. We started Friday night (October 1) with the Folk Hero Competition finals, featuring contestants from the July and August Coffee House open mic nights - Jamie Tindle, Brian Kendig, Lauren Ventura, Vin Fischer and Sean Cheezum, along with vocal duo Amy & Kelly. Vin Fischer won the 2010 Delmarva Folk Hero competition, and the competition was fierce. The Festival program continued on Saturday, October 2, with Vin Fischer, Tad Jones and the Harbortown Band, Bad Wheel Jonny and the Broke Spokes, Crabmeat Thompson, regional artists Stony Run String Band and Emily Pinkerton, national artists Jeff Warner, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers and Roosevelt Dime. The music and the weather, were just fine. Kae Mason did her usual stellar job as the Festival Chair, and her absence will be a challenge, especially for the new Festival Co-Chairs - Storm Longhauser and Mary Zeller. Our other principle programmatic activity is the Coffee House program, and the 2010 program was simply great, thanks not only to the musicians who played, but also to John Kidd for handling the scheduling and artist relations and to the volunteers who staffed the events, collecting money (Mary Zeller), baking cookies (Kelly Crumpley, Zeke Zeller, Kristin Hamilton, Rob Fox) and operating the sound equipment (Paul Gummerman and Dave Katulis). We featured these fine artists: January - Maestro Shafaatullah Khan
February - Chapel Street Junction, Tad Jones opening March - The Knights, Deloy Moore opening April- Shawn Qaissaunee with Sharon Sable., Kyle Offidani opening July & August - Delmarva Folk Heroes contest v 4.1 & 4.2 October - Cover Bridge, Keith Brodin opening, (on web radio, too) November - Chris English, Sandcreek opening We continued our partnership with the Delaware Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in presenting the Greg Shrader Singer-Songwriter Circle in May, featuring local artists Greg Shupe, Larissa Moore and Keith Brodin with host Deloy Moore. The Delaware Friends of Folk sponsors several other activities, including Pickins on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except December), noon - 3 pm, at the Dover Newsstand, the Maurice Shockley Scholarship Fund, First Fridays in Dover, the Newsletter, a Facebook page, and My Space page. We also continue to support the Food Bank and Delaware Charitable Music at every event. Our organization is in sound financial shape, with a current balance of $5,324 as of December 1, 2010, thanks to membership dues and financial support from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Fund Special Presenter Grant. We have much planned for 2011 already, including these Coffee House Concerts: January - Bruce Anthony February - David Jacobs-Strain with Bob Beach March - Stephan DiJoseph April - in negotiation for a show featuring Atzulit- Concert for Peace (Klezmer-Arabic music) The 20th Annual Delmarva Folk Festival will take place October 7 & 8, 2011. On a personal note, let me say that I am leaving the Board of Directors after a fiveyear run. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with the many current and former members of the Board and the other volunteers. What the Delaware Friends of Folk does is so important - we present real and meaningful music in settings appreciated by musicians and listeners alike. Over the 20 year history of the organization we have worked with music legends and beginners, in genres from blues to bluegrass to Cajun to Celtic to jazz to Indian to Afghani to African to old time to gospel to rock â€˜n roll, to name a few. I am proud of the cultural contributions we have made, and I look forward to the upcoming contributions. Thanks to everyone who has made the Delaware Friends of Folk a great organization.
If you can attend this benefit to show support to the Field family, please do. Lenny Field is the brother of Lonny Field, who is our host for the Delmarva Folk Festival. It would be an understatement to say the past couple of months have been pretty rough for the Field family. And recovery is a long and difficult process. Knowing that others are there to express their support means a great deal in times like this. So if you can make it, stop out and show your support.
Pick Ins are held monthly on the the 2nd Saturday of the month at Dover Newsstand from 12-2. All are welcome to come play, or just listen in. Admission is free. Next Pick In is Saturday, February 12
Plans are under way for the 20th Annual Delmarva Folk Festival, which will be October 7th and 8th this year. Note our theme for the festival is “Among Friends” . We have a saying that there are no strangers at our festival- just friends we haven't met. We will be celebrating that sentiment as we look back over 19 years of sharing music and friendship. Work has already begun on selecting and obtaining performers for this year's festival. As this is our 20 festival, we are going to be a bit reflective this year- reaching back to some of our favorite performers over the past 20 years. th
We've all had great memories at past festivals, and we are encouraging you to share your memories with us. We will have a facebook page for the festival where you can share your memories and tell us what you'd like to see at this year's festival. We want and need your input. And we'll be counting on you to volunteer as we get closer to the event. Our next Festival meeting will be Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 PM at Sheridan's in Smyrna. All members and friends are welcome to attend.
- Storm Longhauser, 2011 Delmarva Folk Festival Chair ,