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Folk Alliance International Conference 2022

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John Paul White & Rose Cousins
Artists In (Their) Residence

Gina Chavez & Las Migas
Artists In (Their) Residence

Mick Flannery & Tianna Esperanza
Artists In (Their) Residence

Calvin Arsenia & Ramy Essam
Artists In (Their) Residence

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Billboard: Folk Alliance International Reveals Performers for 2022 Conference

The Folk Alliance International Conference will be held Feb. 23-27, 2022"Folk Alliance International has revealed the lineup of nearly 140 artists...

WBUR Premiere: Mick Flannery & Tianna Esperanza

Listen To Cross-Atlantic Songwriters Find Connection And Escape During Quarantine"The world shut down in 2020, and Tianna Esperanza craved...

New Sounds Highlights Julie Fowlis, FAI

Premiere: Julie Fowlis and Hawktail Present A Transatlantic Celtic Collaboration"The resulting song builds to something that is earthy and danceable...

KUTX Song of the Day: Adee Lifshitz & SaulPaul “Just Be”

Austin radio spotlights collaborative music video"[FAI] also produced a series of collaborative music videos reflecting on the pandemic, that...

American Blues Scene Premiere: “Just Be” Video

Exclusive Video Premiere: SaulPaul’s "Just Be" Ft. Adee Lifshitz"SaulPaul is a GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message."  |  Read More at American...

Folk Alley Premiere: Mélisande [électrotrad] & Sean Ardoin, “V’là l’Bon Vent” (“Here’s the Good Wind”)

Duo reworks an old French ballad for COVID times"It’s a gorgeous old medieval song that’s also found throughout French Canada."  |  Read More at...

BGS Spotlights Charly Lowry & The Heart Collectors

Watch the performance of "Navigating to Hope""In Their Words: 'It’s safe to say this global ordeal has proven that no one being has all of the...

Country Queer Features Gina Chavez & Las Migas, “Sol y Soledad”

"Sol y Soledad," All-Star Collab from Gina Chavez & Las Migas"The collab is part of a series presented by Folk Alliance International and Chris...

Hypebot Features Folk Alliance International Webinar

How To Create A Promotion Plan That Works"This webinar produced by the fine folks at Folk Alliance features a panel of industry experts who will...

Music Mecca: John Paul White & Rose Cousins, “I Can’t With You”

"I Can’t With You" Drops In Support Of Folk Alliance International Series For COVID Relief Fund"This new digital series, is hosted by mandolinist...

Rolling Stone Best Country Songs This Week: John Paul White & Rose Cousins

A collab by John Paul White and Rose Cousins"Whether it’s coming out of Nashville, New York, L.A., or points in between, there’s no shortage of...

American Pancake Highlights John Paul White & Rose Cousins, “I Can’t With You”

John Paul White & Rose Cousins folk indie stunner "I Can't With You" for Covid relief fund"No folk orchestration needed or other production...

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Aengus Finnan Announces Final Conference at Helm of Folk Alliance International

Aengus Finnan, Folk Alliance International’s fourth Executive Director in the organization’s 35-year history, has announced that he will step down...

Folk Alliance International Announces Conference Move to May

Hybrid conference to be held in-person in Kansas City, MO and online-from-anywhereKansas City, MO, December 20, 2021 - Folk Alliance International...

One Month to Ethno USA 2021!

International Music Camp Launching October 9thOn October 9, musicians from across the world are coming together in Asheville, NC to kick off an...

Folk Alliance International Confirms Hybrid Conference May 18-22, 2022, Planned As Both In-Person In Kansas City, MO and Online-From-Anywhere Format

Official Showcase Applications Opened September 1 “There were countless examples of folk as a valued element in the contemporary musical landscape…...

Folk Alliance International and Chris Thile Reveal a Ten-Song “Artists In (Their) Residence” Series Featuring Co-Writes Reflecting on the Pandemic

Musicians include John Paul White (The Civil Wars), June-Winners Rose Cousins and Lynn Miles, Two-Time Grammy Nominee Sean Ardoin, Grammy Nominee...

2021 International Folk Music Awards Honor Jackson Browne, The War & Treaty, Celia Cruz, Gordon Lightfoot, Ray Zaragoza, & Kronos Quartet

This year’s People's Voice Award recipient is singer-songwriter Jackson BrowneKansas City, MO - As part of its Folk Unlocked virtual festival and...

Folk Alliance International Presents Folk Unlocked: A First-Ever Worldwide 800+ Hour Online Public Festival, Feb 22-26, 2021

Folk Unlocked marks kickoff of the Village Fund to help musicians and folk music workers through COVID-19 crisisCalling all folk music fans! Folk...

Folk Alliance International to Launch Village Fund to Assist Out-of-Work Musicians & Other Folk Music Workers

Donations grant fans access to folk unlocked virtual festival February 22-26, marking official launch of the fundToday, Folk Alliance International...


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Bio: Folk Unlocked

Folk Unlocked: Connection, Discovery, Inspiration

February 22-25, 2021

In place of an in-person conference this year, FAI is hosting Folk Unlocked, a four-day virtual event for the entire international folk community to come together for panels, workshops, showcases, affinity and peer group meetings, exhibit spaces, networking, and mentorship. We are unlocking the doors and windows of the house of folk to be as broad and inclusive as possible, inviting those who have been loyally attending Folk Alliance International conferences for years while aiming to reach folk musicians and professionals who have never benefited from or attended FAI before.

This is a year for innovation and creativity, and we will host a space for community building and career development for everyone from the comfort and safety of their own home. We hope to push the boundaries of what our community can achieve with technology, and though this means not every aspect of our typical annual conference will be able to exist in this format, we’re excited for this opportunity to initiate a new way of connection.

Programming will be interactive, whether live-streamed or pre-recorded, and recordings will be available for later viewing, allowing folks from around the globe to tune in when they can.

More programming details will be coming soon! To make sure you receive any updates about Folk Unlocked, please sign up for our conference email list. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or 816-221-3655.

Aengus Finnan, Director:

Aengus Finnan is an Irish-born Canadian artist, educator, and arts administrator. Currently, he serves as the first non-American Executive Director of Folk Alliance International based in Kansas City. Prior to this role, he was the Touring and Audience Development Officer for the Ontario Arts Council in Toronto, a program manager for Community Futures, the founding artistic director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, served as the board president of Folk Music Ontario, and taught music in the Arctic. He spent 10 years as a touring singer-songwriter and released 3 acclaimed albums. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his cultural and humanitarian work.

Aengus Finnan (Extended Bio):

Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in rural Canada, Finnan is a visual arts graduate of Lester B. Pearson United World College and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Concordia Univeristy in Montréal, and a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Native and Northern Education from Nippissing University in North Bay, from which he was presented a Distinguished Alumni award. He has a diverse background in arts administration, education, and community outreach having taught in several northern and arctic communities, toured extensively as a singer-songwriter for ten years throughout North America, Japan, and Australia, and founded the logo-free, eco-friendly, 100-mile diet Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Finnan produced several compilation albums, curated the Lawless Gallery of Fine Art, served as Board President of Folk Music Ontario, and was a co-founder of Canada’s annual Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert series. As a program manager for Community Futures he trained unemployed entrepreneurs before working at the Ontario Arts Council as their Touring & Audience Development Officer with clients that included the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Ballet. In 2014 he became the first non-American Executive Director of Folk Alliance International based in Kansas City where he has served since. During his tenure, the organization has introduced an Artist in Residence program, diversified its membership, doubled its revenue, and established international partnerships. Finnan is the Past-Chair of the Kansas City Arts Industry Sector Council, currently serves on the national board of the Performing Arts Alliance, and has been the keynote speaker for the SPARK Rural Arts Symposium, and the inaugural Slavic Music Meet. He was twice nominated for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is a recipient of a Canadian National decoration (the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal) for his cultural and humanitarian work.

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