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STAY FOR SUNDAY's Festival and Music Camp
Plan your travel so you can stay for a Sunday full of programming focused on enjoying folk music and connecting with folk friends. Billy Bragg is headlining the Kansas City Folk Festival, our Music Camp is stacked with some of the world’s best music instructors, and this year's closing party will be unforgettable.
Each year at our music camp, adult and student musicians of every level - from amateur to professional - study with the world’s foremost instructors and legendary artists. Intimate class settings with multiple tracks allow students to explore their instruments in-depth over three days.
Music Camp 2017 has been moved to Friday, Saturday, Sunday (February 17-19) in order to provide more delegates a chance to participate. $10 fee per class.
Camp programming is still in process with more classes and instructors being added. Tickets will be available for purchase when the schedule is confirmed. For more information visit folk.org/musiccamp.
Classes offered at all levels for:
Music Camp Director: Doug Cox
Doug Cox is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Dobro and guitar. He has worked in the music business for 32 years and published four books and five instructional videos on Dobro and guitar playing. Doug has been both founder and instructor at notable music camps all over the world including Sore Fingers (England), Blues Guitar Camp in (Kerrville), Hornby Island Blues Camp, and Acoustic Alaska. This is his second year as Camp Director at FAI. As Camp Director, Doug programs the camp and coordinates access to some of the world’s greatest instructors.
Monday, October 10th was met with tremendous sadness when we heard the news of the passing of a dear community member and leader, Roz Larman.
Roz's passing adds to the sense of sadness we all feel at the loss of so many icons and dear friends in our folk community this year.
To share this sense of loss from the FAI Board perspective, below are some words from Dan Navarro, past FAI Board President, and current Board member.
"Roz Larman, and her late husband Howard Larman, were simply the heart and soul of West Coast folk, the music, the scene, its very presence. Their Pacifica radio show ran over 40 years and presented practically everyone in folk-roots-singer-songwriter music, from legends like Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright, Jackson Browne, Kate Wolf, Tom Waits and the McGarrigles, to genre-crossers like Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Lucinda Williams, to relative newcomers like Antje Duvekot, Dar Williams the DittyBops, and hundreds more.
Their blessing could, in a single stroke, engender unshakable credibility in artists whose "folkiness" could be considered marginal or tenuous. Indeed, as was uttered more than a few times, if Roz liked it, it was folk. Such was her taste and gravity. While we know the circle of life and art and community will continue to turn, the void her passing leaves can simply never be filled."
Roz's family has set up a gofundme account to help cover funeral expenses. Please consider donating here.
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Seasons Pass, So Do Lower Rates
Be sure to register for the conference before the Fall rate ends on November 30th.
Congratulations to Bob Dylan, poet laureate of folk music!
Each year, we present the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of some of the great Legends of Folk, including 2010 honoree and 2016 Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan. Visit our Awards page to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.
It's That Time of Year Again!
We are preparing to launch FAI's Annual Giving Campaign in November. Our year-round advocacy efforts and outreach programs rely on the support of funders and the generosity of community members like you.
Look for our Annual Report and campaign invitation in November. If you’d like to make a donation today click here!
Celebrating 30 Years of Folk Alliance
Share your Folk Alliance memories! We've started gathering files, images, and stories for a 30-year retrospective at the 2018 Conference. Please contribute to the archive here.