2018 Official Showcase Artists

Schedule subject to change and will be updated each Monday. Updated November 20, 2017.

Click here to see the schedule by date/stage. Click here to download the Official Showcase schedule (including bios) in Excel format.

Abbie Gardner(Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm - Garden Terrace

Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable lap slide guitar playing. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.  website

The Accidentals(Traverse City, Michigan, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Shawnee Mission

Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017…described as “genre-melding indie-folk,” The Accidentals exhibit “a musical and lyrical sophistication that oustrips most mainstream bands.” Their Sony Masterworks, debut album, Odyssey, just released to NPR, Billboard, and Huffington Post acclaim- definitely the band to watch!  website

Aerialists(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 9:45 pm - Pershing North

Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love of folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. They draw from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.  website

AHI(Brampton, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 6:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

Canadian alt-folk songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”) has traveled over 100,000 miles, armed with an acoustic guitar and a voice like “gravel on silk”. Delivering heartfelt stories with the ease of an old friend, comparisons to Richie Havens, Ray LaMontagne and Tracy Chapman are common for this soulful troubadour.   website

Alex Meixner Band(Palm City, Florida, USA)

Friday, February 16, 9:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Alex Meixner is a 4th generation Austrian folk/American polka musician who is recognized internationally for his dynamic accordion, trumpet & vocal performances. Grammy nominated for "Polka Freak Out" with Brave Combo's Bubba Hernandez and he has recorded with artists as diverse as Guy Klucevsek & Jack Black.  website

Allison Pierce(Los Angeles, California, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

Allison Pierce’s debut solo album Year Of The Rabbit out on Sony Masterworks! Produced by Ethan Johns, NPR Music calls the album “a gem — a big, consistently ingratiating batch of brightly rendered, sweetly hooky songs about growing up, getting smart and refashioning yourself into the person you need to be.”  website

Amanda Rheaume(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 7:45 pm - Brookside

Amanda Rheaume is an award-winning Métis singer-songwriter with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible roots-pop Americana sound. She delivers her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks internationally at major country and folk/roots festivals, theatres and clubs in Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.  website

Ambre McLean(Kitchener, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 6:15 pm - Brookside

Ambre McLean's album "My Heart" is a sonic exploration of all the things we feel most in our hearts - from the elation of love, to the pain of loss, and everything in between. "My Heart" is a stripped down, raw record tied together by McLean’s unique musicianship and breathtaking voice.  website

American Folk starring Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth(Cork, Co. Cork, IRL)

Thursday, February 15, 9:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Filmed over 3,500 miles in 14 states, AMERICAN FOLK serves as a love letter to the natural beauty of America, to the style of music that has shepherded us through historically tough times and to the kindness of all of the "folk" that make America what it is.  website

Ana Egge(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:45 pm - Shawnee Mission

In a career with many highlights (recordings w/ Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith), Egge gave herself over to a co-writing/collaborative process, working with Danish indie band The Sentimentals working on “Say That Now” in Copenhagen. Egge’s signature blend of American prairie folk mixed w/ clarion-call country shines through.   website

Anais Mitchell(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Anais Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong and balladry. She has released six studio albums including Young Man in America, Child Ballads and Hadestown, the latter of which she expanded into a theatre show. Hadestown opened off-Broadway in 2016 and Canada in 201, receiving multiple Outstanding Musical award nominations.  website

Anika Moa(Auckland, Auckland, NZL)

Friday, February 16, 9:00 pm - Pershing North

Anika Moa is a multi-platinum singer/songwriter from New Zealand, releasing six albums over an eighteen year career. In 1999 she became the youngest Kiwi artist signed to a major American label (Atlantic). Along the way she has collected numerous awards, Songwriter Of The Year, Top Female Artist and Best Solo Artist.  website

Anna & Elizabeth(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna & Elizabeth’s visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to audiences. With a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements.  website

Anne McCue(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:15 pm - Brookside

Anne will release her 8th album in 2018. She has produced albums for Scott Miller, Ellen Starski & Emma Swift. Along with John Allbright she was People's Choice to return to Moab Folk Fest. She has played guitar for Robyn Hitchcock, Michelle Shocked & hosts Songs On The Wire on WXNA.  website

Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire(Edmonton, Alberta, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm - Brookside

Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire's exploratory and adventurous music is an organized chaos. Her vivid lyrics, and the melodies that carry them, create folk-poetry with notes of rock, beatnik and country. Through an authentic stage presence, she invites audiences to journey between laughter and sighs, with her light anecdotes and intimate avowals.  website

Baile An Salsa(Galway, Connacht, IRL)

Thursday, February 15, 6:15 pm - Century C

Baile An Salsa, an international mix of nine world-class musicians, seamlessly blend Latin rhythms and traditional Irish Music - a fusion which they call "Salsa-Trad." Vocals in English, Spanish and Irish, provided by band leader, Andres Martorell, meld with the vibrant ensemble, creating a full, rich sound that's fun and danceable.  website

Beppe Gambetta(Genova, Genoa, ITA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Garden Terrace

Folk Award nominated, guitarist, songwriter and Festival Director, Beppe Gambetta is widely recognized as a master innovator of the acoustic guitar. Yet it’s not just his skills that attract fans and critics, but his unique roots: a fiercely accomplished Italian musician who’s fallen in love with American roots music.  website

Black Umfolosi(Zimbabwe, Mat, ZWE)

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 pm - Century C

Black Umfolosi is a self taught Acappella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by the then school age members who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. Specialising in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally.  website

Bob Livingston(Austin, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 pm - Pershing East/West

Austin singer/songwriter, Bob Livingston, is one of Texas' most colorful musicians. He was inducted into the "Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame" in 2016. "Gypsy Alibi," won "Album of the Year" at the Texas Music Awards and his latest CD, "Up The Flatland Stairs," was released in 2018.  website

Bon Débarras(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 9:15 pm - Century C

Bon Débarras brings together a fusion of Quebecois folk music, traditional step-dancing and global influences, for a show full of fun and inventive energy. On guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica, the trio opens a door to their recollections of America and their music is at the intersection of various traditions.  website

Boogát(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 6:15 pm - Century C

Boogat is a brilliant Latin vocalist who blends Cumbia, Reggaeton, Salsa and Hip-hop. He won a 2016 Juno Award Winner for Best World Music Album as well as two Félix Awards from the Québec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries (ASIDQ) for Best World Music Album and Best Producer.   website

Breabach(Glasgow, Highlands of Scotland, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 8:30 pm - Century C

Winning BOTH Band and Album of the year BBC ScotsTrad awards 2016, Breabach were finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and Songlines European album of the year 2017. Their original blend of twin bagpipes, gaelic vocals, fiddle and guitar have seen them play Sydney Opera House to Commonwealth Games.  website

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer(Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Two-time GRAMMY® Award winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo and ukulele.   website

Celeigh Cardinal (Edmonton, Alberta, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 6:45 pm - Garden Terrace

Celeigh Cardinal is a Métis singer/songwriter from northern Alberta. A Celeigh Cardinal performance is a profound, soulful triumph of songs that blend roots, folk, rock and pop. She is a passionate performer who draws an emotional response with her deliberate words and rich contralto voice.   website

Charlie Mars(New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:45 pm - Garden Terrace

Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Charlie Mars is a country and folk inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant earthy songs. He's released eight independent albums, and spends his days touring behind them as a solo acoustic troubadour.   website

Chastity Brown(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Based in Minnesota, with roots in Tennessee, Chastity Brown. An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop and soul on, Silhouette of Sirens, weaving together a poet’s lyrical ear and a soul-laid-bare quality.  website

Chris "Bad News" Barnes(New York City, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm - Pershing E/W

Chris "Bad News" Barnes is the King of Hokum Blues. “Hokum” refers to a humorous type of American Blues from the late 20s & 30s. His latest release HOKUM BLUES, reached #1 on Roots Music Report & Air Play Direct. Credits include Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm & Seinfeld.  website

Christie Lenée(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm - Brookside

Guitarist singer/songwriter Christie Lenée compares to Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews. She has supported Tim Reynolds, Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray, and Stanley Jordan. Her album “STAY” was a finalist for Indie Acoustic Project Awards. Her song“Love Who You Are” was nominated for a 2016 Posi Award.  website

Colter Wall(Swift Current, Saskatchewan, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 8:15 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Colter Wall is a prairie-born songwriter from Saskatchewan, Canada. His signature baritone vocal is paired with sparse, beautiful songwriting. Wall's self-titled debut LP was produced by Dave Cobb. And as his path got more interesting, Colter partnered the publishing side of his music up with producer Rick Rubin.  website

Connie Kaldor(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm - Century C

Connie Kaldor is a pillar of Canadian music and prairie culture. She's a multiple Juno award winning artist with 17 albums . Singer, song writer with a wicked sense of humour, she defies convention by staying relevant in a world that needs her more now, than ever.   website

Cosmo Sheldrake(London, England)

Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm - Brookside

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 25 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.  website

Courtney Hartman(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Lauded as one of the great guitarists of her generation, Courtney brings equal command as both a singer and writer. Her songs, as heard with Della Mae and her recent solo release, are ruminations on her travels; luminous melodies interwoven between guitar and voice.  website

The Crane Wives(Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 8:15 pm - Shawnee Mission

Recently named JBL Professional's 'Best American Band,' The Crane Wives have been touring the country in support of their latest album, FOXLORE. Find even newer music on Youtube, Spotify, and iTunes. The band continues to tour the US and work on new material for their next release.  website

Crys Matthews(Herndon, Virginia, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:45 pm - Brookside

Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious simultaneously releasing The Imagineers and Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers, which showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes.   website

Cubanisms(Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - Garden Terrace

Cubanisms is a band driven by the native instrument the Cuban Tres, and has just released its debut album “Acento Cubano”. Cubanisms unique and inspired arrangements give the band a genuine and exhilarating Cuban touch, with a wide repertoire including traditional rhythms ranging from Son, Chachacha, Bolero, Guaguancó and more.  website

Cuñao(Los Angeles, California, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:45 pm - Garden Terrace

Cuñao is a Los Angeles Latin-Folk group. They use their South American influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time, leaving listeners with lush images. A group of multi-ethnic musicians, Cuñao puts a global twist on their Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.  website

Cy(Moncton, New Brunswick, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:15 pm - Brookside

Named after Cy à Mateur, a legendary acadian figure from Nova Scotia, Cy mix in a genius and genuine way different styles :  folk, progressive and traditional with intensity and humor. All four musicians grew up in a french minority and they are proud to sing with their accents.  website

Dan Navarro(Venice, California, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Dan Navarro's five-decade career as a songwriter, singer, artist and voice-actor includes co-writing Pat Benatar's smash "We Belong", 15 albums and 2300 shows with Lowen & Navarro and solo, and singing and voicing films, television and videogames, with no letup in sight. His new album, "Shed My Skin", is out now.  website

Daniel Champagne(Brogo, New South Wales, AUS)

Thursday, February 15, 6:15 pm - Liberty

Australian singer-songwriter-virtuoso guitarist Daniel Champagne has been playing since 4, writing since 12, and touring since 18. At 28 Daniel has a list of accomplishments including the IAMA Award for Best Folk-Roots-Americana in 2015. He has appeared at California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Port Fairy Folk Fest and many more.  website

Danni Nicholls(London, England)

Friday, February 16, 6:45 pm - Shawnee Mission

The UK's award nominated Danni Nicholls “effortlessly slips from smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice" (Q Magazine). She has built a loyal following around the globe and captivates audiences with the “elegance and beauty of her music" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.   website

Danny Burns(Annapolis, Maryland, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

Hailing from Donegal, Ireland and currently based in Washington, DC, Danny Burns' Irish-inflected Americana sound and unique character have thrilled audiences as he has shared stages with the likes of Steve Earle, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Justin Townes Earle, Parker Millsap, Tim O'Brien, Lukas Nelson, Teddy Thompson, and many others.   website

Daoirí Farrell(Dublin, County Dublin, IRL)

Friday, February 16, 7:45 pm - Liberty

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ Dónal Lunny Daoirí Farrell won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 and also performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured throughout the world.   website

Dar Williams(Cold Spring, New York, USA)

Date/time TBD

In the past few years, Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy”; leading songwriting workshops; writing a book about the ways she’s seen towns becoming more independent and prosperous over her twenty years of touring.  website

Darling West(Oslo, Norway)

Saturday, February 17, 9:15 pm - Liberty

Darling West is Nordic Americana, the new wave of music currently rolling down the mountains in Scandinavia. Since the release of their second album, they have played concerts all over the world, appeared on the country charts in the US, received millions of plays on Spotify and won a Norwegian Grammy.   website

Dayna Kurtz(New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Armed with an uncanny ability to stun audiences into submission, this musical free spirit has consistently refused to be pinned down by a single style or genre, building an inspired body of work that draws strength from a bottomless wellspring of American jazz, pop, blues, folk and country.   website

Delhi 2 Dublin(Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 10:00 pm - Century C

DELHI 2 DUBLIN is a live-electronic, bhangra, hip-hop, world-pop, hybrid act whose concerts have been likened to '90 minutes of freebasing joy'. Connecting roots to the future, D2D features a heavy electronic backbone with live traditional Indian instruments (dhol, tabla), fiddle, and the stunning punjabi-english vocals of frontman Sanjay Seran.  website

Devarrow(Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Devarrow is the moniker of Graham Ereaux, a Canadian singer-songwriter who blends simple folk with sophisticated pop.   website

DIGGING ROOTS(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:45 pm - Pershing North

Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals. Throughout 2017 they have been touring and working on their new album 'The Hunter & The Healer'.  website

Dizraeli(London, England)

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 pm - Pershing North

Dizraeli is a singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist exploring the common ground shared between folk forms and hiphop. His collaborations in the world of English folk include 2 x BBC Folk Award winner Chris Wood, The Imagined Village and this year, a UK tour & WOMAD performance with Eliza Carthy.  website

Dylan Menzie(Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 pm - Shawnee Mission

With his unmistakable and compelling vocals, Dylan Menzie has become one of Canada’s prime musical exports. His latest EP produced two Top 5 singles on CBC Radio. He's played alongside City & Colour, Ron Sexsmith and at major events like Edmonton Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International and Australian Music Week.   website

Elephant Sessions(Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 9:15 pm - Century C

Winners of the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards 'Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014, and nominated as Live Act of the Year in 2016, the fiery Highland five-piece Elephant Sessions are a musical power house, welding weapons grade grooves and guitar attack with quicksilver fiddle/mandolin melodies.   website

Eljuri(New York, New York, USA)

Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Touted as one of the best Latina guitar players in the world, Eljuri reflects her Spanish and Lebanese heritage, the rhythms of her homeland, Ecuador, and the punk and rock & roll from her youth in New York City – mirroring the global cultural fusion that represents this generation.  website

Elsten Torres(Miami, Florida, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:45 pm - Shawnee Mission

Elsten Torres is a Cuban-born, New York City raised World music singer/songwriter residing in Miami’s diverse multi-cultural landscape. His music, distinctive and fresh, mixes Cuban troubadour roots with Americana heartland soul, delivered in both of his native tongues. Elsten is a multiple BMI award winner and two-time GRAMMY nominated artist.  website

EmiSunshine & The Rain(Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

13-year-old East Tennessee prodigy, EmiSunshine, is a natural-born singer/songwriter whose roots are steeped in Appalachian music. A true vocal stylist, Emi’s music has been described as “old-timey,"—a unique blend of roots music of equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel and Country with a sprinkle of Blues.  website

Erin Costelo(Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:00 pm - Garden Terrace

Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth. With a voice unlike any other in Canada and songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, she’s had the opportunity to open for lengends Mavis Staples and Dr. John and recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.   website

Evie Ladin Band(Oakland, CA, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:45 pm - Garden Terrace

Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, composing music inspired by city life and globe-spanning tours, the kinetic Evie Ladin Band is a trio of tenaciously innovative string musicians/dancers. Critics say Jump the Fire is a truly original sound in new old-time Americana.  website

Fara(Orkney Isles, Islands of Scotland, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm - Century C

Finalists in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards (UK) and winners of the German Critics award for best album (2017), Fara hail from the Islands of Orkney in Scotland. Three fiddles, piano and stunning vocals see the girls produce an original sound of fiery tunes, driving arrangements and beautiful harmonies.  website

Findlay Napier(Glasgow, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 8:30 pm - Brookside

As defined by his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons, Scottish singer-songwriter Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status. A supreme storyteller with a magpie-minded imagination and a truly magnificent voice Napier is one of the most highly regarded performers and creative forces on the UK folk scene.  website

Fiver Fines(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

For almost a decade, Simone Schmidt (Fiver) has been writing new life into and around folk, country, and rock songs. Critically outspoken of contemporary society and largely evading the branding of the music industry proper by working under several aliases, Schmidt has several times been named one of Canada's best songwriters.  website

Fortunate Ones(St. John's, Newfoundland, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Fortunate Ones are a Newfoundland indie-folk duo composed of Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien endear audiences through dynamic, high-energy, harmony-entwined performances, and songs that celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. Their sophomore album, produced by Daniel Ledwell, is slated for release in 2018 following JUNO Award-Nominated album, "The Bliss".  website

The Fugitives(Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:45 pm - Washington Park Place 3

The Fugitives are a modern folk group based in Vancouver, Canada. They have released four albums, most recently “The Promise of Strangers”, in January. Recent highlights include touring to twelve countries, nominations for multiple Canadian Folk Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards, and opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie across Western Canada.  website

Giri & Uma Peters(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Friday, February 16, 8:15 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Giri (age 12) and Uma (age 10) Peters are an Indian-American brother/sister duo from Nashville, TN. These award-winning multi-instrumentalists - Giri on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and Uma on clawhammer banjo - have been electrifying audiences with their refreshing, soulful, and creative blend of old-time, folk, and roots music.   website

Grant-Lee Phillips(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Grant-Lee Phillips is a singer-songwriter with over two decades of experience as a performer. His last record, The Narrows, was named one of the most anticipated country albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone, receiving critical acclaim and international coverage. His new record, Widdershins, will be released on Yep Roc in 2018.  website

Gretchen Peters(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Gretchen Peters is one of Nashville's most respected artists. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame by Rodney Crowell (who called her "a songwriter and poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,”), her album ‘Blackbirds’ was awarded International Album of the Year by the Americana Association UK.  website

Guy Davis(New York City, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 pm - Pershing East/West

Carrying the blues around the world, Guy's been called an "Ambassador of the Blues". His deft guitar playing and road worthy vocals wrap themselves around each song and story he shares. Whether performing at a festival, an intimate concert, for children, or in a prison, Guy gives it his all.  website

Hackensaw Boys(Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

For 18 years, Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt, bringing their gritty version of American roots music to stages worldwide. 'Charismo' (produced by Larry Campbell) continues their burning hot vision of American roots music, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them.  website

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage(Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England)

Saturday, February 17, 7:45 pm - Brookside

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless. Their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.  website

Hans Theessink(Vienna, AUT)

Thursday, February 15, 6:15 pm - Pershing East/West

After 7.500 concerts, 30 albums and 50 years "on the road" HANS THEESSINK has become a roots and blues institution. With his sonorous baritone voice and unmistakable guitar work Hans has been delighting audiences around the world with his rich and emotional sounds. "An international blues treasure" (Living Blues, USA)  website

Hat Fitz & Cara(Cootharaba, Queensland, AUS)

Thursday, February 15, 7:45 pm - Liberty

Hat Fitz & Cara's musical style is a unique combination of hill-style Gospel blues with old time flavourings. This husband and wife duo embellishes impeccable rootsy originals with soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten.  website

Heather Maloney(Northamption, Massachusetts, USA)

Friday, February 16, 10:00 pm - Pershing East/West

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Henry Nam(Rockville, Maryland, USA)

Friday, February 16, 8:15 pm - Garden Terrace

Henry Nam has dedicated the past 3 years privately composing soundtracks to the stories of love between couples in a mission to understand and cultivate much-needed love, kindness, and compassion. He's also excited to be closely working with emerging artists help them build thriving careers!  website

in/PLANES(Pueblo, Colorado, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:00 pm - Garden Terrace

a Vintage Pop duo Desirae Garcia (Bass/Vocals) and Inaiah Lujan (Guitar/Vocals), founders of popular Folk group The Haunted Windchimes. in/PLANES offers a different take and spin on American music, exploring classic pop sounds — notably 1950’s & 60’s R&B, Doo-Wop and Soul to create a vibey, sparse and entrancing sound.  website

In The Willows(Waterford, Munster, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm - Pershing North

A six-piece Alternative Folk band hailing from the Southeast of Ireland. This group excel at blurring the lines between folk, traditional Irish, pop and rock genres to create their own ethereal, heart-warming and aurally fulfilling sound.Their most recent EP “Fallen Bird” has achieved much acclaim both nationally and internationally.  website

Jack Semple(Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 8:15 pm - Pershing North

Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowdspeechless, one of those players who leaves a crowd in total astonishment, inabsolute awe of what they have just experienced. Jack Semple is a guitar players - guitar player.   website

Jaimee Harris (Austin, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:15 pm - Pershing East/West

Jaimee Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable. Harris’s talent has impressed artists and critics alike. Jimmy LaFave deemed her his "new favorite" and Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman called her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.”  website

Jake Morley(London, England)

Friday, February 16, 10:00 pm - Brookside

British singer/songwriter Jake Morley’s groundbreaking lap-tapping and strumming guitar techniques underpin a passion for words and their power to connect. With a live show that has audiences amazed every time, his official showcase follows hot-on-the-heels of UK, European and Canadian tours promoting 2nd album ‘The Manual’. New releases due 2018.  website

James Maddock(New York City, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 10:00 pm - Brookside

According to Relix magazine: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn't need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery."  website

Jarlath Henderson(Glasgow, Scotland)

Saturday, February 17, 6:15 pm - Brookside

Musician, composer producer and doctor who continues to break boundaries as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist. Henderson has worked with musicians as varied as Jack Bruce, Capercaille, Anais Mitchell, Phil Cunningham and Lau. His first solo album has been described as one of the most powerful and inventive folkAlbums.  website

Jayme Stone’s Folklife(Longmont, Colorado, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 8:15 pm - Garden Terrace

Jayme Stone’s Folklife treats old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners.  website

Jeremy Dutcher(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 7:45 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Jeremy Dutcher is a Toronto-based performer, composer, activist, and musicologist. Trained as an operatic tenor, Dutcher blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into music that transcends boundaries. He is unapologetically playful in his incorporation of classical influences, and full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home.  website

Jeremy Kittel Trio (New York , New York , USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more. He has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Silk Road Ensemble, and the Turtle Island Quartet.  website

John Blek(Cork, Co. Cork, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 8:15 pm - Pershing North

John Blek is a Cork, Ireland based singer/songwriter who over the last 6 years has independently released 5 full length albums. Blek tours regularly in Ireland and Europe. His sound is a contemporary blend of Irish, British and American folk. With the focus on voice and finger style guitar.  website

John Flynn(Wilmington, Delaware, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:15 pm - Brookside

John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of “the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred”. His career has moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn "the most quintessential folk singer in my life".  website

John Gorka(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 8:15 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Hailed by Rolling Stone as " the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement' , John honed his craft at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse and as an integral part of the Fast Folk scene. Winner of the Kerrvile New Folk award in 1984, John is known for his insightful lyrics and quirky wit.  website

John Oates(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:15 pm - Pershing East/West

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. His new album "Arkansas" which blends delta blues, ragtime and roots influences will be released by Thirty Tigers in February 2018.   website

John Smith(London, England)

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 pm - Liberty

John Smith has played to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living rooms and sold-out concert halls. He tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen....  website

Jorma Kaukonen(Pomeroy, Ohio , USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

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Julian Taylor(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

A true music fan and gifted performer, Taylor’s sound is a culmination of every musical genre that has touched him throughout his life. Equal parts troubadour and soul singer, Taylor emits a raw, emotive and distinct delivery.  website

Kim Taylor(Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 8:15 pm - Garden Terrace

Kim Taylor is a singer-songwriter who has toured extensively with Over The Rhine and Kasey Chambers. Her songs have been featured in shows including Flashpoint, Smallville, Cyberbully, and One Tree Hill. In 2013, Taylor made her acting debut in the Sundance and Berlinale selected indie film, I Used To Be Darker.  website

Kolonien(Stockholm, Stockholms län, SWE)

Friday, February 16, 9:15 pm - Liberty

Kolonien is a family band that grew up together. Their unique mix of modern folk/roots/pop and their visionary activism characterizes this band that has been reworded at the Swedish Folk- and World Music Award and cited as "future stars" in the Swedish music magazine Lira. Book Kolonien for school concerts/workshops/official shows.  website

Kuinka(Seattle, Washington, USA)

Friday, February 16, 7:45 pm - Pershing East/West

"An electronic jolt into modern folk and Americana, waltzing along the grooved edges of dream-pop, synth-pop, and Brooklyn’s mid-aughts guitar-rock revival." -Vanyaland"Joyous folk pop" -NPR Music"Seraphic vocals bookended by ukulele, cello & heavy percussion will leave you feeling giddy & glad to be alive." -The Stranger  website

Larissa Tandy(Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 6:15 pm - Liberty

Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern Americana. Her uncompromising, acclaimed debut album enjoyed six months on the US Americana charts, reaching number two in Canada. Her next release - ten of her boldest and most infectious songs yet - is scheduled for release in 2018.  website

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

On their Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards break new ground with a bold and elegant album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music. With the support of producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive etc.) they've created something that's simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic.  website

Leaf Rapids(Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm - Liberty

“Leaf Rapids: The Band Who Sold the World on Canadian Americana” - Mike Seely, No DepressionKeri and Devin Latimer make up this haunting folk duo consisting of looped guitars, groovy bass and award winning songwriting topped off with the eerie sound of the theremin and Keri’s mesmerizing voice.  website

Les Grands Hurleurs(St-Élie-de-Caxton, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 pm - Century C

Les Grands Hurleurs is now touring with its ¾ Fort show inspired by the repertoire of its newest award-winning CD.The trio play music that is deeply anchored in tradition and steeped in numerous criss-crossing influences. Traditional music flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica, and folk music and present original, open-minded music.  website

Les Poules à Colin(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:45 pm - Century C

Les Poules à Colin straddle the folk scene with an un-traditional sound. “Morose” is inspired by dark tales from Québec’s past brought to life with an indie pop sensiblity; these musicians are experienced beyond their years.'' ...on its way to greatness.'' - Jonathan Overby, WPR review @ Edinburgh Fringe  website

Lisa LeBlanc(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:15 pm - Pershing East/West

At 27 years old, Lisa LeBlanc who hails from New-Brunswick has toured for six years and sold over 140 000 records on two continents. Her ability to compose heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to Courtney Barnett, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton.  website

The LYNNeS(Ottawa, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 6:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and their debut album together will be released in 2018.  website

Making Movies (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:15 pm - Century C

Making Movies is an American rock and roll band that entrances audiences with interweavings of Afro-Latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n'roll riffs. Armed with ambitious and politically charged music, the band punches out one high-energy song after another, with theatrics and Rock N’ Roll climaxes riding atop a bed of driving percussion.  website

The Mammals(Woodstock, New York, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:45 pm - Shawnee Mission

Indie-roots trailblazers, The Mammals, bring politically-infused string-band fervor to their re-emergent new album and US tour in 2018. In an era of disconnect, The Mammals enjoy re-connecting generations thru their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling and euphoric instrumentals, and by organizing a hometown community folk festival (The Hoot) near Woodstock, NY.  website

Marcella René Simien(Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Marcella Rene Simien's sound fuses her Creole heritage with the angelic grind of Memphis soul.Simien’s voice, an instrument fierce and galloping with dignified pleading, floats above the music like a night star, reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of the uncertain future.  website

Martha Redbone Roots Project(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Friday, February 16, 8:15 pm - Pershing North

Martha has this voice, a heart-worn mountain holler. A voice that pierces clouds, rends them asunder, a conversation of true American history flowing through her veins. Of Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent, her life inspires an intoxicating fusion of Gospel, Blues and Indigenous traditions, a maverick artist unchained by borders.   website

Martyn Joseph(Cardiff, Wales)

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 pm - Liberty

Edgy and charismatic singer-songwriter, delivering songs of outstanding lyrical intelligence and social conscience.A jaw dropping guitar player who's developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice. He has a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.  website

Mary Gauthier(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Gauthier is "a songwriters songwriter." Recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Bare, Bettye Lavette, Amy Helm and may others.“Gauthier's a razor-sharp eye for detail and commitment to unsentimental self-reflection make her one of Americana’s most admired artists at home and around the world,” Wall Street Journal   website

The Mastersons(Los Angeles, California, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

The Mastersons are husband-and-wife duo Eleanor Whitmore & Chris Masterson. Brimming with virtuoso playing, rich harmonies, and stellar songwriting, No Depression says they're "nothing less than sublime." The pair have toured relentlessly and also perform in Steve Earle's band The Dukes. They released their third album Transient Lullaby in 2017.  website

Matthew Byrne(St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm - Garden Terrace

Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody. He supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.   website

Maybe April(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

With over one million views of their Audiotree performance on Youtube currently, the young County/Americana trio Maybe April is poised to make a huge impact on today’s music scene. Opening for such trend-setting artists such as Sarah Jarosz and Brandy Clark has brought great attention to these artists. More is coming…  website

Megan Bonnell(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Megan Bonnell released her sophomore album, Magnolia, in April 2016 and has been touring North America supporting it since then. She recently showcased at AmericanaFest in September 2017 and will be releasing a new album in Spring 2018.  website

Mick Flannery(Cork, Co. Cork, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm - Pershing North

Mick Flannery is a multi Platinum; Award-winning songwriter from Cork, Ireland, Flannery has released five albums to date, two of which reaching No. 1 in the national charts. Summer 2018 will mark his festival performance debut in Canada, whilst also making a welcome return to U.S market throughout ‘18.   website

Mile Twelve(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 10:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. They write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces inspired by diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."  website

Mipso(Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Mipso is influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes, Mipso’s music ventures ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition.  website

Missy Raines(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:45 pm - Pershing North

7 Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines and The New Hip, present an original blend of bluegrass, jazz, and acoustic indie-rock. Missy's upcoming album, "Royal Traveller", produced by Alison Brown, features her originals about family, faith, loss, and the choices we make, is slated for February 2018.  website

Molly Tuttle(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

IBMA Award-winner Molly Tuttle is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist whose debut EP, Rise, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart in June 2017. She has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitar Player, and NPR Music, and played prominent festivals including AmericanaFest, RockyGrass, and Celtic Connections.  website

Monique Clare(Brisbane, Queensland, AUS)

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 pm - Liberty

Renegade folk cellist and powerful singer-songwriter Monique Clare sculpts a sound informed by a backdrop of folk tradition and classical music, but with an audacious disregard for convention. With two awards to her name already, this Australian woman has a lot to say and won’t rest until you’ve heard it.  website

Mountain Heart(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm - Pershing East/West

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Natalia Zukerman(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Musician, painter, educator Natalia Zukerman studied at Oberlin, began her songwriting career in Boston, and resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn. With 7 albums on Weasel Records and her own label, Zukerman tours internationally as a solo artist and side player. She is also a Cultural Diplomat.   website

Nathalie Pires with Ensemble Iberica(Middletown, New Jersey, USA)

Friday, February 16, 8:30 pm - Liberty

Nathalie Pires proudly represents what is arguably the oldest urban folk music in the world; Portuguese Fado. Her intense voice and raw emotion have gained her overwhelming recognition by international audiences as one of today’s leading “Fadistas.” Her recording, “Fado Além” received five awards from the International Portuguese Music Awards.  website

Newpoli(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:15 pm - Liberty

With exciting interpretations of traditional and originals that draw deeply from one of the world’s lesser known music traditions, Newpoli is Italy’s next inspiring interpreter of southern Italy’s taranta tradition. They stir up a mesmerizing sound that melds Italian folk music with Greek and Turkish Grooves and Mediterranean and Spanish colors.  website

NewTown(Lexington, Kentucky, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:45 pm - Washington Park Place 3

NewTown, which features the first-rate vocal and instrumental work of five of the finest musicians in bluegrass music who share a bond that combines individual virtuosity with a background of formal training. They are based in Lexington, Kentucky, and are fronted by Kati Penn and JR. Williams.  website

The Next Generation Leahy(Lakefield, Ontario, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 7:45 pm - Century C

“Breath-taking.” “Astounding.” "Unforgettable!” The Next Generation Leahy is constantly evolving, bringing Celtic music into the modern era for a new audience. All under the age of 16, the Leahy children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists whose live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music associated with their Leahy heritage.   website

Neyla Pekarek(Denver, Colorado, USA)

Friday, February 16, 9:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

Cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek is both a member of the GRAMMY-nominated group The Lumineers and of Sweet Adelines International, where she won the 2009 Rising Star championship with her quartet. She’s currently working on and performing songs from a solo album inspired by the life of Colorado pioneer woman Rattlesnake Kate.  website

Old Hannah(Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 7:45 pm - Liberty

​Old Hannah are a group of family and friends who started writing and performing together in 2013. These accomplished musicians from the west of Ireland work the magic of traditional instrumentation and progressive songwriting into a musical feast with influences ranging from Leonard Cohen to Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac.  website

Oliver Swain(Victoria, British Columbia, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 pm - Brookside

JUNO and Western Canadian Music Award(2016) Nominee Oliver Swain was a member of some of North Americas favorite bands(The Duhks, The Bills, Red Stick Ramblers, Outlaw Social) before embarking on a critically acclaimed solo career that's seen him featured at top festivals such as the Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg Folk Festivals.   website

Ouroboros(St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 10:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Ouroboros is a five-piece band from Newfoundland, thrilling audiences with the raw, powerful sound of saxes and drums. Ouroboros puts a modern, danceable spin on melodies and grooves from around the world: heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe and a strong influence of jazz and funk.  website

Over the Rhine(Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 pm - Washington Park Place 1

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once. Their emotive songs leave the listener submerged in exquisitely balanced instrumentation, intertwined with poetic and meaningful lyrics.  website

Parsonsfield(Leverett, Massachusetts, USA)

Friday, February 16, 9:45 pm - Shawnee Mission

Catch Parsonsfield on stage and the band's joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they've been doing this together all their lives. That's because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.  website

Rachel Baiman(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Rachel Baiman (of 10 String Symphony) is a fiddle/banjo player, singer, and songwriter specializing in Old-time, Bluegrass, Scottish, and Folk music. Her new Americana album 'Shame' is an exploration of growing up female in America. She co-founded Folk Fights Back, which produces benefit concerts in response to the Trump administration.  website

Rachel Laven(San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm - Pershing East/West

New Folk Award Winning Songwriter, Rachel Laven performs a blend of Texas Roots and Americana music. A positive force of nature on stage, Laven not only captivates with her smiling lyricism but with her electric vocals and accomplished guitar work. Laven has toured internationally at festivals and live music venues.   website

Radio Free Honduras(Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm - Liberty

As a founding member of Banda Blanca, one of the most popular groups in Honduran music, Charlie Baran has been revered for decades as a singer, songwriter and performer. Radio Free Honduras is a group of Chicago based musicians dedicated to shining a spotlight on his tremendous artistry and talent.  website

Raine Hamilton String Trio(Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 9:45 pm - Garden Terrace

Alongside cello and double bass, with Raine on violin and guitar, Raine’s voice rings out, and hits you where you live. These string quartet inspired arrangements push and pull, and move as they console. Raine believes that music is for everyone; Ask her about her school workshops, and ASL interpreted shows.   website

Rita Chiarelli(Hamilton, Ontario, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 7:45 pm - Pershing East/West

Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist, with a JUNO award (Canadian Grammy) and 4 subsequent nominations, is known as Canada's “Goddess of the Blues”. Over the past decade Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including the prestigious Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award.  website

Roanoke(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 pm - Shawnee Mission

Roanoke is a rising Folk/ Americana band based in Nashville, Tennessee, and have quickly garnered a reputation for tight vocal harmonies and an energetic live show, utilizing roots instrumentation for a modern ear. Roanoke crafts songs steeped in the storytelling tradition of folk with the spirit of country and rock.  website

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:45 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley are a Grammy nominated duo from Nashville, TN. Rob Ickes is a well-established instrumental giant, having won the IBMA's Dobro Player of the Year 15 times. Trey Hensley is an award winning vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. They have two released two CD's on Compass Records.  website

Ronny Cox(Los Angeles, California, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm - Garden Terrace

Ronny Cox’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together telling something about “the human condition”. He's a consummate storyteller, sharing funny, sad and tender moments. Enhancing these stories is the music by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians.  website

Rose Cousins(Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 8:15 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Rose Cousins' newest work 'Natural Conclusion' as described by NPR Music has "a disarmingly fluid vocal tone and an ability to convey the most internalized emotions — disappointment, grief, resolve, forbearance — without an ounce of fuss.” Produced by Joe Henry, Natural Conclusions is her most vulnerable work to date.   website

Rosie & the Riveters(Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Rosie & the Riveters’ vintage-inspired folk anthems paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. The trio’s unmistakable red lipstick and pin curls may be deceiving, but this ain’t a throwback band! Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies designed to empower and uplift.  website

Royal Wood(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Thursday, February 15, 8:15 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Royal Wood is a Juno nominee, multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer. Since being proclaimed the “Songwriter of the Year”, by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft. His music has been used in TV and Film productions such as Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Being Human.   website

Ruby Boots(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 9:15 pm - Liberty

Ruby Boots’ music will stop you in your tracks. The Australian star, now based in Nashville TN, possesses a red wine-stained soulful voice that crackles with swagger and sorrow. Her fiercely honest lyrics strike deep into your heart while her music delivers an alluring mix of Americana, Rock, Folk and Blues.   website

RURA(Glasgow, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 7:45 pm - Century C

“One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines - five stars) RURA are a multi award-winning instrumental act. With their third album due for release in 2018, and sic years of extensive international touring, RURA blaze a trail as one of Scotland’s most powerful folk-based groups.   website

Ruthie Foster(Austin, Texas, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 10:00 pm - Pershing East/West

Ruthie Foster’s latest album, Joy Comes Back, described as “some folk, some blues, some soul, some rock, some gospel,” illustrates Ruthie’s genre-spanning talent. Ruthie’s been nominated for three Grammys, and has won multiple Blues Music and Austin Music Awards, plus the Grand Prix du Disque from Académie Charles-Cros in France.  website

Ryan McNally(Whitehorse, Yukon, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 6:00 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Whether he's playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, he can't be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music.  website

Sally & George(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 pm - Garden Terrace

Sally & George is an Americana duo. Upright bassist Shelby Means and guitarist Joel Timmons met at the crossroads of bluegrass and rock. "They built their fancifully spare, retro roots-pop aesthetic around that dynamic on their new album, Tip My Heart, on which they share the lead singing duties.” - NPR  website

Sam Baker(Austin, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 9:15 pm - Pershing East/West

Sam Baker’s music and story have been shared by some of the most prestigious media outlets in the world-NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous others. A true artist in every way, he shares amazing life experiences through music, story, and art.  website

Sam Reider and The Human Hands(Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Friday, February 16, 10:00 pm - Liberty

Award-winning composer, accordionist, pianist, and singer Sam Reider leads The Human Hands, a collective of virtuoso bluegrass and jazz musicians based in Brooklyn who have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music.   website

Sara Ajnnak(Gargnäs, Sápmi, SWE)

Friday, February 16, 6:00 pm - Pershing North

Sara Ajnnak is a Sami artist with a charismatic sound of the traditional yoik mixed bluestones and world music. Her strength as a performer is the way she communicates emotions through her voice. The music is timeless, concerts are described as a journey through time and space.   website

Sarah Jane Scouten(Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 6:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Acclaimed Canadian folk/country songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten is promoting her new album When the Bloom Falls From the Rose out on Light Organ Records, which No Depression says "showcases a major talent." The lush full band and modern approach to classic sounds perks up the ears of even the shrewdest listeners.   website

SaulPaul(Austin, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 pm - Pershing East/West

Singer. Songwriter. Poet.SaulPaul entertains and inspires with his voice, guitar and loop pedal creating a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE. SaulPaul transitioned from tragedy to triumph and now he shares his story through his music. He's been featured on America's Got Talent and 2 TEDx Talks.   website

The Sea The Sea(Troy, New York, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:15 pm - Washington Park Place 3

THE SEA THE SEA is an Upstate NY based indie-folk band feat. what HuffPost calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear,” receiving praise from NPR, American Songwriter, Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, No Depression. Feat. by the intl. TED 2015, Apple Music, and over 15 million streams on Spotify.   website

Shauit(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 6:45 pm - Pershing North

Singer-songwriter, Shauit, sings honest and committed songs that ingeniously combine his native language and traditional rhythms with other popular trends.With his new album "Apu peikussiakᵘ", Shauit proposes a new folk sensibility that will join a wide audience and enriching the mix of reggae influences for which Shauit was first recognized.   website

Shelley Segal(Melbourne, Victoria, AUS)

Thursday, Feburary 15, 7:00 pm - Liberty

“Thoughtful Lyrics Celebrating Life, Love & Reason”"Bespoke songs traversing folk, jazz and blues with tender affection and great artistry”Spirited singersongwriter & guitarist Shelley Segal creates music that challenges, reflects and inspires. An artist, activist and explicit storyteller Shelley uses her music to create the world she wants to see.  website

Shreem x Celtic Remixing(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 9:15 pm - Brookside

Toronto-based percussionist, Jay Andrews, has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians. With his current project Shreem, Andrews has developed a new sound, blending Celtic, electronic, and hip-hop music with hard-hitting drums and powerful, warm melodies. Shreem breathes new life into traditional Celtic music, infusing it with a modern feel.  website

SKERRYVORE(Glasgow, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 10:00 pm - Century C

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016&2011), SKERRYVORE have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.  website

The Small Glories(Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm - Shawnee Mission

Roots powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership that could almost make you believe in fate. Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built an international buzz around their tight harmonies, emotional authenticity, explosive live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess.   website

Southern Avenue(Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Friday, February 16, 8:30 pm - Pershing East/West

Southern Avenue is a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. Their upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a unique blend of gospel-tinged R&B vocals, blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting.  website

Stephen Kellogg(Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:15 pm - Pershing East/West

CBS radio called him "the best live act you've never seen.” No Depression says he’s "the best songwriter you're not listening to.” His Americana-tinged, folk, pop and rock stylings make his sound hard to define, but this musician and father of four brings heart and incredible energy to everything he does.  website

The Stray Birds(Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 8:15 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

The Stray Birds (Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, Charles Muench) are 3 unique voices, songwriters, and instrumentalists. As nuanced, collaborative, and electric as ever, and now appearing as a quartet with a drummer, this is a band of friends that continues to grow in captivating and evolving ways.  website

Suzie Vinnick(Wainfleet, Ontario, CAN)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm - Benton's 20th Floor

Suzie Vinnick, a 3X Juno nominated Roots & Blues musician, is releasing her 6th recording Fall 2017. Taking risks with originals and covers alike, she’s an established roots-music song-crafter who has invested her substantial pop smarts into an ever-growing canon of her own creation.   website

Svjata Vatra(Viljandi, EST)

Friday, February 16, 8:30 pm - Washington Park Place 3

The Viking Cossack folk rock band SVJATA VATRA evokes a hard to resist ancient pagan rite through bagpipes, jew’s harp, scythe and husky lead vocals, blown into the 21st century by shimmering trombone.The Ukrainian-Estonian band play folk music based on traditional songs with a fresh punk attitude.  website

Talisk(Glasgow, Scotland)

Friday, February 16, 6:15 pm - Century C

BBC Radio 2 award winners, Talisk are a tour de force like no other. Mohsen Amini's concertina, Hayley Keenan's fiddle and Graeme Armstrong's guitar meld seamlessly together to produce a create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that far belies their three short years together. Not to be missed!  website

Tom Chapin(Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - Pershing North

In a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three Grammy awards, the multi-talented Tom Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers: as a respected contemporary folk artist and a pioneer in children's music. He has established a reputation for intelligent story songs and charismatic live performances.  website

Tom Prasada Rao(Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 8:15 pm - Shawnee Mission

Tom Prasada-Rao is a singer-songwriter born in Ethiopia of Indian parents from Washington DC. He has been a fixture on the folk scene since winning the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition in 1993, traveling the country playing festivals and house concerts, and producing albums for many other acts. www.tomprasadarao.com  website

Tommy Sands(Rostrevor, County Downs, Northern Ireland)

Saturday, February 17, 6:45 pm - Pershing North

Tommy currently influences the Irish peace process as songwriter, performer, mediator. His unique "Arts-a-Wonder" project brings together diverse communities creating harmonious relationships. Touring February 2018/2019 with three programs: his multi-media theatre program: "Ballad-of-a-Songman", university conflict-resolution program: "Higher Quality of Disagreement" and solo-concert including new album: "Another Way of Thinking", and "There-Were-Roses".  website

Trout Steak Revival(Denver, Colorado, USA)

Friday, February 16, 9:45 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Defined more by expressive songwriting rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over the bounds and blends the sounds of folk, bluegrass, and roots, all the while evoking its own style of Americana and delivering memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band.  website

Victor & Penny(Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 6:45 pm - Garden Terrace

The modern vintage sound of Victor & Penny features dazzling guitar work, red-hot horns, tight vocal harmonies, and a fiery ukulele. Victor & Penny and their LCO deliver hard-swinging prohibition-era jazz and unforgettable original tunes in the band’s signature high-energy style. Their live show embodies joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation.   website

Villalobos Brothers(Bronx, New York, USA)

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm - Century C

Redefining contemporary Mexican music, brothers Ernesto, Alberto and Luis use violins and voices to deliver powerful messages of brotherhood and social justice through original compositions blending jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk. GRAMMY-winning collaborator Danny Zanes raves, "A crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!"   website

Vox Sambou(Montréal, Québec, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 pm - Century C

Vox Sambou comes from Haiti. He writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He performed across North America and internationally in South America, North Africa, Europe, China and South Korea.His music is a fusion of traditional rhythms of Haiti and Afro-Latin elements on afrobeat, reggae and hip-hop.   website

Wallis Bird(Wexford, Co. Wexford, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Pershing North

Wallis Bird has been enrapturing audiences for ten years. She's recorded for Universal and Sony, toured with Billy Bragg and Anais Mitchell, and has won multiple Irish and German national awards. Known for her incredible energy on stage she’s performed at Europe’s biggest festivals and headlined worldwide.   website

The War and Treaty(Albion, Michigan, USA)

Friday, February 16, 9:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Described as one of the top 4 bands to watch by CBS Radio, The War and Treaty are blazing an innovative trail with their unique blend of Americana and Folk.   website

The Western Flyers (Burleson, Texas, USA)

Saturday, February 17, 7:45 pm - Pershing East/West

The Western Flyers are churning out true blue Western Swing, and when you hear it, you'll know there's no mistaking the brand. Named the 2017 Ameripolitan Best Western Swing Group, the trio is a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art performed by three acoustic virtuosos.  website

Wild Ponies(East Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Friday, February 16, 6:00 pm - Washington Park Place 1

Wild Ponies offer dead right, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful yet gritty, neo-traditional Americana wrapper. Released August 25th 2017 on Gearbox Records, Galax, salutes Wild Ponies' traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory.   website

Wild Rivers(Toronto, Ontario, CAN)

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm - Washington Park Place 3

Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With over 16 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting, and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.  website

William Crighton(Bellbird, New South Wales, AUS)

Thursday, February 15, 10:00 pm - Liberty

William Crighton is a sublimely talented Australian folk-rock artist. An engaging songwriter, he is a riveting storyteller, with a sound that is bold, visceral and singular."Like some sort of sad-eyed mythical bushranger preacher, the intense and charismatic Crighton commanded the room and generated many goosebump-inducing moments" - The Beat  website

Worry Dolls(London, England)

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 pm - Brookside

Worry Dolls met in Liverpool UK, where the two multi-instrumentalist redheads bonded over a shared love of folk & bluegrass. Discovering an almost telepathic talent for songwriting & symbiotic vocal harmony, they moved to London, throwing everything into their career, showcased on their stunning debut Go Get Gone, recorded in Nashville.  website

Ye Vagabonds(Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL)

Saturday, February 17, 9:45 pm - Pershing North

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.  website

Yirrmal(Yirrkala, Northern Territory, AUS)

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm - Pershing North

Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal Marika is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. He openly shares his identity, spirit and connection to the land, engaging the hearts of those that are lucky enough to hear him.   website

Mission Statement

The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.

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2018 FAI Conference

DATE: February 14-18, 2018

LOCATION: Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA

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