Guest Speakers

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter is on the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released in 2016.

Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness."

Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, which was arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza. Since its release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others. At FAI, she will share her 30-year view of the music landscape.

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Richard Thompson

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Richard Thompson, co-founder of Fairport Convention and named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,’ is one of the world’s most virtuosic folk-rock icons. Thompson has recorded 40 albums, been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and honored with awards like the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player, the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, and a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Just scratching the surface of Thompson’s list of famous collaborators is a veritable who’s who of some of the world’s most recognizable names. Thompson once toured with Bob Dylan, produced an album with Jeff Tweedy, and had his music featured in two tribute albums and covered by R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Robert Plant, and many more. Speaking from a global and historical perspective, Thompson will take us through a look-back at 30-years of folk music as only he can.

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.

Additional Conference Events

2018 FAI Conference

DATE: February 14-18, 2018

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