Guest Speakers

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

  Saturday, February 17, 4pm-5pm, Century C

Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter is on the road in 2018 celebrating 30 years of making music and performing songs from her expansive catalog.

Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He’ll Keep Her," she has won five GRAMMY® Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Most recently, in 2016, Carpenter released The Things That We Are Made Of. Produced by GRAMMY® Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs and was released in 2016 to overwhelming critical praise. The Associated Press called it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huff Post declared, “…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.”

Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time GRAMMY® winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including Between Here and Gone and Come On Come On. Since it’s 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.

Carpenter is currently preparing the release of a new project for spring 2018. More information to be announced soon.

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Feature Interview: Richard Thompson

  Thursday, February 15, 12pm-1pm, Benton's 20th Floor

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.

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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

2019 FAI Conference

DATE: February 13-17, 2019

LOCATION:  Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada

UPCOMING DEADLINES:  Early Bird member registration ends May 31, 2018