Tret Fure’s career spans 4 decades. She began her professional work at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest, moving to Berkeley where, after performing weekly on the campus of UC Berkeley where she attended college, she discovered that music really was her life. At 19, she moved to LA to pursue a songwriting and musical career. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”. She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.
While recording her second album, Tret became interested in sound engineering, learning the trade and becoming one of the first women engineers in LA. Over the course of her career she has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.
In the early 80s, Tret left the mainstream music industry. Armed with a fierce desire to retain full artistic control, she began exploring the independent side of the industry and soon discovered the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music. She has been a major player in that field ever since, recording with and producing some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall”. Now after 4 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world winning the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories. 2004 also brought her recognition with the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music.
Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl”. In addition, she has produced a series called Music & Comedy in Madison and has hosted the successful festival, Tomboy girl Fest. An accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, Tret’s Kitchen, featuring her own recipes.
Vice President (U.S.)
Aaron Fowler is a native Kansan who grew up in Topeka and moved to Wichita, Kansas to attend Friends University where he received a degree in Music Education. He then went on to Wichita State University where he earned a Masters in Music Education (Conducting). Aaron taught in the Wichita district for 11 years before setting out as a full time musician.
A member of the Kansas Arts on Tour Roster with the Kansas Arts Commission, he is also a Wolf Trap Early Education Teaching Artist and a Baby ArtsPlay Teaching Artist with Kansas Wolf Trap. In addition, he is a founding Artist with Arts Partners Wichita where he is a roster Artist as well as serving as the Artist Coordinator for the organization.
In 1990, Aaron co-founded Hope Street Youth Development and served for 19 years as Executive Director, working with middle and high school students. He is a member of MENC (Music Education National Conference) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and a consultant for several schools across south-central Kansas on issues of self-esteem, goal setting and leadership development in young people. It probably goes without saying that Aaron is a proud member of AFM Local 1000!
Vice President (Canada)
Eve Goldberg sings music that draws honey from the rock of life. A compelling writer and interpreter, Eve’s watercolour voice and solid guitar style has made her a favourite with audiences across Canada and the US. Her performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems. Since 1990, she has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues across Canada and the U.S. ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Along the way she’s earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang. She has released three CDs to widespread acclaim: “Ever Brightening Day,” “Crossing the Water,” and “A Kinder Season.” Eve is also a member of the vocal trio Gathering Sparks, with Sam Turton and Jane Lewis. In their short career, Gathering Sparks has already turned heads with their tasteful arrangements and stunning harmonies, earning a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.In addition her performing career, Eve is a respected teacher and facilitator who leads workshops and classes in ukulele, guitar, singing, performance, and songwriting at music camps, festivals, and conferences. She is one of the founders of Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto, one of the organizers of The Woods Music and Dance Camp, and served a term on the board of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now Folk Music Ontario) in addition to working with ArtsCan Circle, an organization that links creative artists with youth in remote First Nations communities. www.evegoldberg.com
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Born in 1976 and based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Vi Wickam – often known as Vi the Fiddler – is a champion fiddler and inspired performer who brings his full energy to every performance. He is a champion of music’s power to improve and enrich our lives in tangible ways, and infuses that goal into every project and performance.
Drawing from styles such as bluegrass, jazz, rock, old-time fiddle, and classical music, Vi regularly performs as both a solo artist and as a member of several prominent groups, including Vi Wickam and The Band, Capo Zero, the Whiskey Chickens, and Fiddle Whamdiddle, whose 2014 album Old School Old Time was on the 1st Grammy Ballot in four categories.
A four-time Colorado State Fiddling Champion and finalist at the Grand Masters’ Fiddler Championship, Vi also maintains an active schedule as both a live performer and teacher. He teaches regularly at workshops and camps around the US, and is one of the founders of myTalentForge.com, an online music school.
Representative (Eastern U.S.)
Charlie Pilzer is a musician, producer, sound engineer and event organizer, always devoting himself to creating award-winning Scandinavian, Celtic, folk, and acoustic music and sharing his love of the traditions with audiences, listeners, and other musicians around the world.
In addition to being a performer, Charlie is a strong supporter of promoting folk music and dance as part of everday life. He has been on the staff at camps run by the Country Dance & Song Society and the Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College, and has served as program director for the CDSS Family Week program at Pinewoods Camp. Involved with the Washington Revels for years, Charlie is currently an Artistic Associate for Music.
When not performing, Charlie is chief engineer at Airshow Mastering in Springfield, VA. His success with mastering all the genres of music made in the mid-Atlantic region – from gospel to folk, world music to alternative – can be attributed to his broad base of experience and musical knowledge. Charlie’s attention to detail is well known and is best exemplified in the audio restoration of vintage recordings. He received a Grammy for mastering and restoration on the Anthology of American Folk Music (1997).
Following his belief that one should give back to one’s community, Charlie currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Washington, DC Chapter of NARAS and works on projects for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. He is a proud member of Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians and a former board member of the Folk Alliance.
Representative (Midwestern U.S.)
Amber Rogers is a talented multi-instrumentalist and band-leader for Scenic Roots. She has been immersed in bluegrass and old-time American music since she was a little girl, beginning her music training with fiddle and piano at age four. By high school, she had learned to play most stringed instruments, and even tried her hand at bagpipes for a few weeks. She now commonly performs on fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, and hammered dulcimer; but can be found playing bass, guitar, or mandolin at bluegrass jams across the country. In addition to her instrumental mastery, Amber’s voice is a driving force in Scenic Roots’ sound, with a rawness reminiscent of the old Appalachian hills. Indeed, her voice has an innocence and purity that makes it instantly accessible and likeable.
In 2010, Amber graduated from South Plains College’s renowned bluegrass music program with an Associates of Applied Arts in Commercial Music, plus a Certificate of Music Business. There she honed her skills as a bluegrass fiddler, studied traditional Irish music, and learned about music business. Since 2010, Amber has toured extensively with Scenic Roots. She has taught art camps and private lessons, as well as managed the booking and record keeping for Scenic Roots Music LLC. Since summer of 2015 she adds to her title Executive Director of the historic Brown Grand Opera House in Concordia, KS. She says her life mission is to “inspire others and conquer the world like a true Kansas girl.” Amber is one of the most passionate women you will ever meet, and that passion is directed toward making a positive difference in our world through music. Every note Amber plays and sings has soul, tradition, and authenticity, coming straight from the heart.
Representative (Western U.S)
Performing Songwriter Gary Paul melds the songwriting traditions of the Northeast with influences from the South and Southwest.Winner and three-time nominee for the New Mexico Music Awards and Winner of the Xtreme Folk Scene’s Song Contest, his youthful roots were both in the slums of Brooklyn New York and in the Dairy Country of Upstate New York. He joined Local 802 in his teens and performed with rock bands and club date bands throughout the greater New York area, before becoming a performing songwriter. He is also a graduate of NYC’s High School of Performing Arts where he majored in Drama; an occupation he continued to pursue while professionally playing music. By day he began working with the developmentally disabled for New York State, completing degrees in Psychology, Health Administration & Computer Science. He retired in 2010 from a 30 year civil service career that included numerous positions in the health care field.Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Gary had become familiar with Local 1000 at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and, shortly afterwards switched his affiliation to Local 1000. Moving to New Mexico in 2010, he performs solo & accompanies friends on occasion. He is now active in several chapters of Folk Alliance International & is a founding member of SWRFA’s New Mexico subcommittee. He teaches Introduction to Lap Slide at Santa Fe Community College and is currently finishing production work on his second CD, to be released on the Storm Canyon Music label. He is exploring movie soundtrack projects with local independent film makers, appearing in several independent short features in both background and featured roles.