SERFA (SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance) Annual Conference Videos
Wisdom of the Elders
One of my most fulfilling annual activities involves hosting the Wisdom of the Elders session on Saturday morning at SERFA. Sonny Ochs created the Wisdom of the Elders program at the NERFA conference. In 2013 it spread to both the Folk Alliance International Conference and to SERFA. Wisdom of the Elders provides a structured opportunity for us to learn from and about our senior leaders and for the Elders to talk among themselves as well. Wisdom of the Elders has rapidly become an essential feature of our Folk Alliance gatherings. Elders over age 70 (occasionally 65) participate in a panel with questions I pose along with each other and audience members.
The 2017 Elders were Swanannoa Gathering founder and NY Times bestseller Wayfaring Strangers author Doug Orr, 1960’s folk music luminary and Green Linnet Records founder Pat Sky making a very rate public appearance, and veteran activist and musician Reggie Harris.
The 2016 Elders were Peggy Seeger, Freebo, and Lowell Levinger (“Banana”of the Youngbloods)
2015: Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin, Marian Leighton-Levy, Alice Gerrard, Si Kahn
2014: Alice Gerrard, Margo Blevins, John McCutcheon
2013: Sonny Ochs, Ralph Lewis
2017 SERFA Awards
In 2017 I had the pleasure and honor of hosting on 2017 SERFA Awards presentation. Thanks to JB Nuttle for all these videos.
2015 SERFA Presenters Panel
I served as moderator for this outstanding group of presenters include Jennifer Pickering of LEAF, MerleFest’s Steve Johnson, Jim MaGill,
Poet Tyler Johnson reads “Ode to a Tenor Banjo” on my “ArtSpot” radio show on WCHL-FM 97.9 Chapel Hill and Carrboro