Weekend concert will serve as goodbye for local pianist, husband

Edie Farm a longtime fixture on Farmington music scene

Mike Easterling
Farmington Daily Times
Mick Hesse

FARMINGTON — A significant number of the city's more accomplished musical performers will come together this weekend to honor one of their own before she relocates.

"A Musical Farewell for Edie and Paul" will take place at 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington. The event will serve as a tribute to local pianist Edie Farm and her husband, who soon will be moving to Tennessee.

The concert features more than a dozen local musicians or acts, each of whom will be accompanied by Edie Farm on piano. Local trumpet player Mick Hesse organized the show and said it will provide listeners one more chance to appreciate Farm's talent.

"She has been a staple of music life here for the last 20 years or so," he said, describing Farm as "a dynamite lady."

Hesse will serve as the emcee for the event in addition to performing. The lineup also includes the Trumpet Geezers and Teun Fetz, Cathy and Joe Pope, Dan Fear, Jennifer Lasley, Diana Hobbs, John and Susan Boyles, Laura and Chris Argotsinger, Kurt Chrisman, Barbara Moore, the Zia Chicks and the Vintage People. The program includes tunes by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Claude Bolling and Antonin Dvorak.

A reception will follow the concert, and admission is free.

"She's had a wonderful career," Hesse said, explaining that Farm has been a member of most of the various musical groups organized at San Juan College, in addition to regularly performing with other ensembles such as the Trumpet Geezers. That has made her a wonderful resource for the musical community here, he said, and he said her absence would not pass unnoticed.

"She has an awful lot of friends here," Hesse said. "The idea is to send her off with a nice smile on her face."

Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610.