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Announcing 2018 Official Showcase Artists

Tuesday, October 31, 2017  
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2018 Official Showcase Artists Announcement
2018 Official Showcase Artists Announcement


October 30, 2017, Kansas City, MO - Folk Alliance International (FAI) is proud to announce the Official Showcase artists (*confirmed to date and subject to change) for the 30th annual conference taking place February 14-18, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
A platform for luminaries and rising stars, the annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. FAI’s Official Showcases are jury-selected nightly concerts featuring emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. The performances are 30 minutes in length and are held concurrently on ten full-production stages throughout the host hotel over three nights.
For the most up-to-date list of 2018 Official Showcase artists* visit See also below.
Over 800 artists applied for the opportunity to perform for hundreds of festival and venue bookers, agents, managers, labels, media, and music industry representatives. The curated showcases feature touring and export-ready artists representing a diverse array of folk genres including Appalachian, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Global Roots, Indie-Folk, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-songwriter, Spoken Word, and every imaginable fusion.
Breakthrough artists from previous conferences include Lake Street Dive, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Milk Carton Kids, Darlingside, The Stray Birds, Valerie June, John Fullbright, David Francey, The Wailin’ Jennys, Kaia Kater, The Waifs, and Nickel Creek. Past showcase performances have also included guest appearances by Judy Collins, Béla Fleck, Rita Coolidge, Ron Sexsmith, Archie Fisher, Peggy Seeger, and more.
Bringing together musicians, educators, and music industry professionals from around the world, FAI’s annual conference is known for its community atmosphere, business and networking opportunities, and as a hotspot for discovering new talent.
The 30th annual Folk Alliance International Conference will be held February 14-18, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri and features presentations from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Richard Thompson, the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, the International Folk Music Awards, and the 3rd annual Kansas City Folk Festival. The 2018 conference celebrates 30 YEARS OF COMMUNITY AND SONG, honoring the past 3 decades of the organization’s growth and activity, as well as the broader story of folk music during that time.

"Folk Alliance may have the biggest stylistic tent in the field. It’s an explosion of variety-spanning established folk forms from around the world and some pretty heady fusion." - Bluegrass Situation

"Diversity and discovery aren’t just buzzwords here, they’re a philosophy that drives one of the most forward looking organizations in the music business and well as perhaps the best music event you can attend, year after year." - Twangville

2018 Official Showcase Artists*

*confirmed to date, subject to change
AHI (Canada)
Abbie Gardner (United States)
The Accidentals (United States)
Aerialists (Canada)
Alex Meixner Band (United States)
Ambre McLean (Canada)
Ana Egge (United States)
Anais Mitchell (United States)
Anika Moa (New Zealand)
Anna & Elizabeth (United States)
Anne McCue (United States)
Baile An Salsa (Ireland)
Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe)
Bon Débarras (Canada)
Boogát (Canada)
Breabach (Scotland)
Charlie Mars (United States)
Chastity Brown (United States)
Christie Lenée (United States)
Colter Wall (Canada)
Connie Kaldor (Canada)
Cosmo Sheldrake (England)
Courtney Hartman (United States)
The Crane Wives (United States)
Crys Matthews (United States)
Cubanisms (United States)
Daniel Champagne (Australia)
Danni Nicholls (England)
Danny Burns (United States)
Daoirí Farrell (Ireland)
Dar Williams (United States)
Darling West (Norway)
Dayna Kurtz (United States)
Delhi 2 Dublin (United States)
Devarrow (Canada)
Dizraeli (England)
Dylan Menzie (Canada)

Elephant Sessions (Scotland)


Eljuri (United States)


Elsten Torres (United States)


EmiSunshine & The Rain (United States)


Erin Costelo (Canada)


Evie Ladin Band (United States)

Fara (Scotland)


Findlay Napier (Scotland)


Fiver Fines (Canada)


Fortunate Ones (Canada)


The Fugitives (Canada)

Giri & Uma Peters (United States)


Grant-Lee Phillips (United States)


Gretchen Peters (United States)


Guy Davis (United States)


Hackensaw Boys (United States)


Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage (England)


Hans Theessink (Denmark)


Hat Fitz and Cara (Australia)


Heather Maloney (United States)


Henry Nam (United States)


in/PLANES (United States)


In The Willows (Ireland)


Jack Semple (Canada)


Jaimee Harris (United States)


Jake Morley (England)


James Maddock (United States)


Jarlath Henderson (Northern Ireland)


Jayme Stone (United States)


Jeremy Dutcher (Canada)


Jeremy Kittel Trio (United States)


Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth (United States)


John Blek (Ireland)


John Flynn (United States)


John Gorka (United States)


John Oates (United States)

John Smith (England)
Jorma Kaukonen (United States)
Julian Taylor (Canada)
Kim Taylor (United States)
Kolonien (Sweden)
Kuinka (United States)
Larissa Tandy (Canada)
Leaf Rapids (Canada)
Lisa LeBlanc (Canada)
The LYNNeS (Canada)
Making Movies (United States)
The Mammals (United States)
Mary Gauthier (United States)
The Mastersons (United States)
Matthew Byrne (Canada)
Maybe April (United States)
Megan Bonnell (Canada)
Mick Flannery (Ireland)
Mile Twelve (United States)
Molly Tuttle (United States)
Monique Clare (Australia)
Mountain Heart (United States)
Natalia Zukerman (United States)
NewTown (United States)
Newpoli (United States)
Old Hannah (Ireland)
Oliver Swain (Canada)
Ouroboros (Canada)
Over the Rhine (United States)
Rachel Baiman (United States)
Rachel Laven (United States)
Radio Free Honduras (United States)
Rafiki Jazz (England)
Roanoke (United States)
Rose Cousins (Canada)
Royal Wood (Canada)
Ruby Boots (United States)
Rura (Scotland)
Ruthie Foster (United States)
Ryan McNally (Canada)
Sally & George (United States)
Sam Baker (United States)
SaulPaul (United States)
The Sea The Sea (United States)
Session Americana (United States)
Shelley Segal (Australia)
Skerryvore (Scotland)
Southern Avenue (United States)
Steve Poltz (United States)
The Stray Birds (United States)
Suzie Vinnick (Canada)
Talisk (Scotland)
Tom Chapin (United States)
Tom Prasada Rao (United States)
Tommy Sands (Ireland)
Trout Steak Revival (United States)
Victor & Penny (United States)
Villalobos Brothers (United States)
Vox Sambou (Canada)
Wallis Bird (Ireland)
The War and Treaty (United States)
The Western Flyers (United States)
Wild Ponies (United States)
Wild Rivers (Canada)
William Crighton (Australia)
Ye Vagabonds (Ireland)
Yirrmal (Australia)
For more information about Folk Alliance International and the 2018 conference, please contact Erika Noguera at, 816.221.3655 x7.

Folk Alliance International, 601 Avenida Cesar E Chavez Suite #100, Kansas City MO 64108 • 816-221-FOLK (3655) •

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