Happy New Year!
2023 went by in a flash. That seems to happen every year, and every year, that flash seems even flashier. And every January, I tell myself the same story – no matter how I have spent my time, no matter what I have accomplished, it never seems to be enough. And that's just not not true. Sound familiar?
So, despite the fact that backward glances depress me (and forward gazes frighten me), I decided to do a little accounting of what I actually did during the past twelve months.
For starters, there was acting work – principal roles in two short films, plus background work on five episodes of four different TV series (all yet to be released).
And there were, of course, thirtysomething live performance gigs – most of them solo, some with the Bev Grant Band, and some with No Fuss and Feathers. I'd like there to be more of those this year, of course, but I digress…
I also started hosting a new open mic in Manhattan and am in discussions to host another (stay tuned).
And there was one music conference, two labor conferences, one very long solo road trip to Kansas and back, and – wait for it – two hundred sixtysomething in-studio yoga classe. Apparently, I have a boatload of karmic fish to fry.
And finally, in the waning weeks of the year, I heard the call of civic responsibility and submitted myself as a candidate for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Board of Directors, an organization I have been part of since the turn of the century. I am proud to be running on a “ticket” that includes my friends Cheryl Prashker and Pam Robinson, both of whom have deep ties and vast experience in the NERFA community – Cheryl as former Board President and Assistant Conference Coordinator and Pam as former Conference Volunteer Coordinator. I myself attended NERFA as a performer for twenty years, and spent six of those as Keeper of the Wild Guerrillas (aka Private Showcase Coordinator).
So, if you are a voting member of Folk Alliance International (check your status at Folk.org) in the Northeast region, you should have received an email from NERFA today, Thursday, January 4th, telling you to expect a ballot in your inbox on Monday, January 8th. If you're a voting member, I'd sure appreciate your support. If you're not and would like to be, you can sign up or renew your membership at Folk.org before January 8th to receive a ballot.
Additionally, the ballot will also include a proposal to remove NERFA's current President, Justin Nordell, from the Board of Directors. For the record, I wholeheartedly support that proposal. It is time for new leadership at NERFA.
If you've read this far, I thank you. Maybe I'll see you at a show soon. See below for a few upcoming appearances, and, as always, check the SHOWS page on my website for updates.
Until we meet again, I wish you abundant love, beauty, and
Friday, January 19th at 7:30PM
CAROLANN SOLEBELLO at Mad River Coffeehouse
18 Six Flags Road, Campton NH
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Saturday, January 20th at 7:30PM
CAROLANN SOLEBELLO at The Open Book Coffeehouse
Canton Public Library
786 Washington Street, Canton MA
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