The annual Folk Alliance International conference is the biggest and most important conference in the North American folk music calendar, providing unrivalled showcasing and networking opportunities.
Originally an event that moved around North America, but in recent years had settled in Memphis, and after a one-year stop in Toronto in 2013, now has a home until 2017 in Kansas City.
We have attended the Memphis conferences in previous years, but for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), the move to Canada in 2013 presented an opportunity to capitalise on our new partnerships with Music PEI (Prince Edward Island) and Folk Music Canada and to provide artists with a showcase opportunity with the support of Canadian partners.
With the support of the British Music Abroad fund we took artists Jim Moray and Lucy Ward to the event, and worked with our Canadian and UK partners (British Underground,Showcase Scotland and trac) to provide Jim and Lucy with an official showcase performance together with a number of the unofficial bedroom showcases (oh, yes, we did say bedroom showcases!).
We continued to develop our showcasing profile at Folk Alliance and in Kansas 2014, and in partnership with British Underground and trac, took our own unofficial showcase room to focus almost exclusively on UK artists.
The success of this has led us to commit to a growing and ongoing relationship with all our UK partners and Folk Alliance International, and we anticipate we will be strengthening and developing our presence in the coming years.
Showcasing artists supported by EFDSS at Folk Alliance:
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