FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND ARTIST SHOWCASES FOR THE 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016
FOLK LEGEND JUDY COLLINS CONFIRMED AS SPEAKER AND PERFORMER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
MORE THAN 190 ARTISTS FROM 11 COUNTIRES SLATED TO PERFORM DURING CONFERENCE AT THE WESTIN HOTEL CROWN CENTER IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
2016 ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE DARLINGSIDE (USA), JEFFREY FOUCAULT (USA), LOS TEXMANIACS (USA), THE SOORLEYS (AUSTRALIA), WE BANJO 3 (IRELAND), TARABBAND (SWEDEN) AND THE DEAD SOUTH (CANADA)
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“…They jammed all day in the hotel lobby. Concerts in the big ballrooms. Showcases all night in three floors of hotel rooms.”—KCUR
Folk Alliance International is delighted to announce Judy Collins as its Keynote speaker as well as the official artist showcase line-up for the 28th annual conference being held February 17-21, 2016, at the Westin Hotel Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Diverse and plentiful enough to satisfy any lover of good music” (Americana Times), Folk Alliance International will showcase more than 190 acts from 11 countries, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, India, and Japan.
A unique and one-of-a-kind annual conference, Folk Alliance is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community, crossing a diverse array of genres, including Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Roots, Traditional, World, Singer-Songwriters, and more. Apply for media credentials here.
“We certainly feature legends and luminaries,” says Aengus Finnan, Executive Director of Folk Alliance International, “but the most exciting aspect of Folk Alliance are the showcases by artists you’ve never heard of but will never forget.”
A platform for emerging talent, over the years Folk Alliance private showcases have featured breakthrough artists, including Nickel Creek, Dom Flemings, Rhiannon Giddens, Serena Ryder, Valerie June, The Milk Carton Kids, The Stray Birds, John Fullbright and Mary Gauthier.
Boasting a yearly attendance of over 2500 registrants, the conference features official showcases, exhibitors, panels and workshops held under one roof, bringing together musicians, educators and music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and promote folk music.
About Judy Collins
With an iconic 50-album body of work, Judy Collins is known for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. She has garnered several Top 10 hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send In the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She recently released her first studio album in four years, Strangers Again, which includes a cast of icons and young talents performing with her, from Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Jeff Bridges to Glen Hansard, Ari Hest and Bhi Bhiman.