Folk Alliance International Sets 2019 Dates in Montreal

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Jake Jacobson
Martha Redbone at the Folk Alliance International Conference 2018.

The Kansas City-based event will be held at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Feb. 13-17, 2019.

Kansas City's Folk Alliance International (FAI) will cross the border into Canada again next year, where 180 artists, representing 23 countries will showcase at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Québec, Feb. 13-17, 2019. The FAI conference draws 2,800 registrants from 35 countries.

(Incidentally that's the same hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their bed-in for peace in room 1742 in 1969; there's a plaque outside the door and the hotel will be celebrating the historic 50th anniversary.)

This year, the FIA received more than 1,000 applications from artists in 28 countries, up 30 percent from the previous year, all vying for the 180 showcase spots. The jurors made a conscious effort this year "to consider how well the applicant helps broaden the view and offering of folk music for presenters, industry, and audience."

The folk genres include Appalachian, Americana, bluegrass, blues, Cajun, Celtic, Francophone, global roots, indie-folk, indigenous, Latin, old-time, traditional, singer-songwriter, spoken word "and every imaginable fusion," per a press release.

In FIA's ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion and equitable representation in all programming, FAI signed on to the PRS Foundation's Keychange campaign to encourage festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022 and met that goal for its 2018 official showcases. It aims to achieve it again in 2019 across all programs.

The conference for 2019 also has a theme The Spirit of Creativity, described as "an exploration of the artistic process from inspiration to vocation and a collective conversation about innovation, collaboration and spirituality in art."

The non-profit FIA is "an advocacy, professional development, and networking organization that produces the world's largest conference of the folk music community and industry," according to the press release. It serves over 3,000 members around the world and five regional affiliate organizations in North America.

The annual four-day conference includes panels, hundreds of official showcases, and, it claims "thousands of private showcase performances," along with the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, the International Folk Music Awards, Folk in the Schools and Artist in Residence programs.

See below for the full list of 2019 official showcase artists:

Alash Ensemble
Alex Cuba
Ana Silvera
Andrew Finn Magill
Annie Oakley
April Verch Band
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
BEYRIES
Birds of Chicago
Blair Dunlop
Brock Zeman
Buckman Coe
California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio
Caravana Banda
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Chris Kasper
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Connie Kaldor
Coralie Herard
Cris Derksen Trio
DABY TOURÉ
Dan Parsons
Dave Gunning
David Bromberg Quintet
David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
David Keenan
David Myles
David Wax Museum
Dawn Landes
De Temps Antan
Dimpker Brothers
Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz
Diyet & The Love Soldiers
Doolin'
Duncan Chisholm
Durham County Poets
Eliza Gilkyson
Ellis Paul
Emily Mure
Emily Wurramara
Eric Andersen Band
Fabrizio Cammarata
Fanie Fayar
Farah Siraj
Findlay Napier
Flor de Toloache
Frazey Ford
Freddy & Francine
Gabrielle Papillon
Gangstagrass
Glen Phillips
Good Lovelies
Grace Petrie
Graeme James
Hafdis Huld
Harrison Kennedy
Hawksley Workman
Hayley Reardon
Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni
Inni-K
Jackie Venson
Jay Gilday
Jenn Grant
Jim Lauderdale
Joe Bel
Joe Crookston
John Kay
John Smith
Jordan Officer
Jordie Lane
Josh Halverson
Kabantu
Kaia Kater
Kalàscima
Katie Pruitt
Kiran Ahluwalia
Kongero
Le Vent du Nord
Leela Gilday Band
Lennie Gallant
Les Poules à Colin
Lisa Canny
Livingston Taylor
Lonely Heartstring Band
Low Lily
Lydia Persaud
Maddie Storvold
Madeleine Roger
Madison Violet
Maija Kauhanen
Malojian
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikua
Mànran
Matt Andersen and the Bona Fide
Matt Mays
Meaghan Blanchard
Mehdi Cayenne
Mel Parsons
Melanie
Melisande [electrotrad]
Mike Biggar
Mipso
Mission Songs Project
Mo Kenney
Moonfruits
Moxie
Nava
Nick Sherman
Niyaz featuring Azam Ali
Nomadic Massive
Oh Susanna
Oshima Brothers
Parsonsfield
Patty Griffin
Peppino D'Agostino
Pérsides
Peter Mulvey
Pierre Kwenders
Pipo Romero
Polky Village Band
Poor Nameless Boy
Ramy Essam
Raye Zaragoza
Rebecca Loebe
Red Moon Road
Reuben and the Dark
Rising Appalachia
Robbie Fulks
Roberto Cassani
Rory Block
Rosie & the Riveters
Royal Jelly Jive
Saint Sister
Sam Lynch
Sara Ajnnak
Sarah Jane Scouten
Sawyer Fredericks
Seamus Egan Project
Sean McConnell
Shakura S'Aida
Shari Ulrich
Shellie Morris
Shreem x Celtic Remixing
Sofia Rei
STAV.
Stephen Fearing
Tanya Davis
The Alternate Routes
The Bombadils
The Brother Brothers
The Dardanelles
The East Pointers
The Fretless
The Ghost of Paul Revere
The Jellyman's Daughter
The Lost Brothers
The Lumber Jills
The Maes
The McDades
The O'Pears
The Revelers
The Small Glories
The Suitcase Junket
The Sweet Remains
The Turbans
The Way Down Wanderers
The Young'uns
Trad.Attack!
TRI-CONTINENTAL
Twin Flames
Twisted Pine
Vance GIlbert
Vishtèn
Vivalda Dula
Vox Sambou
William Fitzsimmons
Willie Nile
Yves Lambert TRIO
Zachary Lucky