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Twangville Highlights Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International 2022 Conference"Most of the musicians I know have benefited from that group at one time or another. Perhaps the best at...

No Depression Features Folk Alliance International

Through the Lens: Connections and Community at 2022 Folk Alliance International"FAI brings the biggest names in roots music together with lesser...

Folk Alley: An Artist’s View on Folk Alliance International

Willi Carlisle: An Artist’s View on Folk Alliance International"Folk Alliance International is a once-yearly madhouse of friends, family, education,...

Americana Highways Interview: Saskia Tomkins & Madeleine Peyroux

FAI Keynote & Artist in Residence Presentations from Saskia Tomkins and Madeleine Peyroux Chart Healing Journeys"Folk Alliance International...

Americana Highways Interview: Shirley Collins & Will Hodgkinson

FAI Keynote Interview: Shirley Collins and Will Hodgkinson Talk "America Over The Water""Shirley Collins, one of the mavens of folk rock in England...

Billboard Shares Folk Alliance Award Nominees

Allison Russell, Arooj Aftab, Sarah Jarosz Among International Folk Music Awards Finalists"Other nominees include John Smith, The Longest Johns and...

Americana Highways Interview: Aengus Finnan

Interview: Aengus Finnan On Folk Alliance"Aengus Finnan has helmed Folk Alliance International since 2014, and arguably some of the FAI’s biggest...

Music Connection Spotlights FAI Keynotes

Shirley Collins, Madeleine Peyroux to Keynote FAI Conference"The 2022 conference will showcase various regional, national, and international...

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...

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“Mixed Messages” Video Released for Folk Alliance International’s 2022 Artist In Residence

Acclaimed British-Canadian Fiddler Saskia Tomkins Traces Family Journey, Addresses Race and Identity In Partnership with UK-Based Mixed MuseumKansas...

International Folk Music Awards Presented by Yamaha Declares Winners

Allison Russell Earns Album of the Year & Artist of the Year While Crys Matthews Takes Home Song of the YearKansas City, MO (May 18, 2022) – Folk...

“For Pete’s Sake, Donate” Campaign to Benefit the Village Fund on Pete Seeger’s Birthday

Musicians Invited to Perform a Favorite Folk Song May 3April 11, 2022, Kansas City, MO - Folk Alliance International (FAI) has announced the For...

International Folk Music Awards Presented by Yamaha Announces Recipients and Finalists

The Late Nanci Griffith and Acclaimed Conjunto Artist Flaco Jiminez to Receive Lifetime Achievement RecognitionKansas City, MO (April 7, 2022) -...

Folk Alliance International Announces Beloved Jazz & Blues Artist Madeleine Peyroux and Crown-Honored Folk Icon Shirley Collins As Keynote Presenters for 34th Annual Conference, May 18-22

March 9, 2022, Kansas City, MO - Folk Alliance International (FAI), the foremost global nonprofit for folk music, is thrilled to announce beloved...

Folk Alliance International Announces 2022 Artist In Residence Partnership of Champion Fiddler Saskia Tomkins and the UK’s The Mixed Museum

Kansas City, MO (February 24, 2022) - Folk Alliance International (FAI), the foremost global nonprofit for folk music, today announced its 2022...

Folk Alliance International Earns National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Folk Alliance International (FAI), a Kansas City-based 501(c)3 and the foremost global nonprofit for folk music, has been approved to receive an...

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...

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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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