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Earnest & Troubled 0 J. Curley Earnest & Troubled is a Folk/Americana duo performing original songs and covers. We'd love to play your private showcase and look forward to hearing back from you! Attending FAI from noon Thursday through noon Sunday. See you in KC! - James Curley and Ilsabe OConnell.   Contact: James Curley Ph: 773-459-1450  email : Location: Chicago IL  (Available for booking in IL, WI, IN, MI, OH, MN, IA, MO, KS)  Category of Folk: Acoustic Duo,Contemporary Americana, Singer-Songwriter website:
by J. Curley
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Abby Litman 0 A. Litman   Contact Info Phone: 301-787-0887 Email: Category of Folk: Folk, Traditional  Location: Los Angeles, CA   Description of Music Abby Litman is a folk singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She great up singing along to Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, and reading Shel Silverstein and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Abby's songs weave introspective poetry, intricate guitar melodies, and sweet vocals to invite the listener into her world. P.S. This will be my first time at Folk Alliance International and I can't wait :)       
by A. Litman
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Celeigh Cardinal - Official Showcase Performer 0 Celeigh Cardinal Celeigh Cardinal  (780)819-0659 singer/songwriter Edmonton, AB, Canada Celeigh Cardinal is a prairie girl through and through. Her heartfelt, biographical songs are carried by a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues. This Métis singer/songwriter is easily one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country. A Celeigh Cardinal performance is a profound, soulful triumph of songs that blend roots, folk, rock and pop. Her voice at once evokes a gentleness and control which can turn to raucous, gut wrenching, twisted, turn-yourself-inside-out blues within a single phrase.  In May of 2017, Celeigh was the recipient of a “REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award” from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in Manitoba.  In 2016, she received an “ATB Listens” grant from ATB Financial and participated in the (Re)Claim program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Celeigh has also received a Youth Role Model Award from the Spirit Seekers Conference in Grande Prairie, and was appointed the Cultural Ambassador for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.  She is a passionate performer who can draw an emotional response with her deliberate words and rich contralto voice. She is currently based out of Edmonton, Alberta and continues to perform alongside her duo, trio and with her band.
by Celeigh Cardinal
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Billy Crockett 0 B. Crockett Artist: Billy Crockett WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: It turns out we'll not be there this year.  Will miss seeing everyone! -Billy With his new release, Rabbit Hole,  Billy Crockett brings joyful virtuosity to US listening rooms.  Crockett is the producer (Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, RJ Cowdery, Darryl Purpose) and creative director of Blue Rock Studio in Texas.  American Songwriter calls him a “delicate fusion of refinement and soul.”
by B. Crockett
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tommy Lewis 0 T. Lewis I pitch poetry and pick guitar.  "Nationally touring singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and author Tommy Lewis considers himself a Nova Beat, the modern group of creatives in the same vein as those at the heart of the mid-century cultural revolution. Alongside his sensei Radney Foster, Chad Elliott, Dana Cooper, Rod Picott, and Matt Harlan and in the same spirit as Tom Russell, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson, Tommy is helping to redefine American roots music." Booking: Location: '08 Blue Pontiac with Texas plates and 310,000 miles. HOU/ATX & NASH Thanks for supporting songwriters and artists! Tommy 
by T. Lewis
Monday, October 23, 2017
Ari & Mia 0 A. Friedman   Ari & Mia New England's Americana Sister Act       Contact Phone: (617) 835-9151 Contact Email: Category of Folk: Americana/Chamber-Folk Location: Massachusetts   Biography:  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 15.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.    “Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steeleye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins,” continues No Depression on the review of their most recent release, Out of Stone.    Together, the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. Their two previous albums, 2013’s Land on Shore and 2010’s Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts.   Although we've been touring together for a decade, this is our first time to FAI! We are honored to have received a First Timers Scholarship and would be delighted to play at your private showcase. Contact us and check out our website for more info:
by A. Friedman
Monday, October 23, 2017
Nicholas Penn - Progressive Folk 0 N. Pennington   Contact Email: Phone:  502-542-0698 Category of Folk:  Progressive Folk Location:  Lexington, KY Website:     Nicholas Penn is a progressive folk musician from Lexington, KY.  Born in Mexico to Baptist missionaries, and studying music and social movements, Penn is a musician on a mission.  His current focus is finding synergy between music, the health food movement, and yoga.  “Ill EAGLE” EP debuted April, 2017 with excellent local reviews.  Penn plans to take his show on the road in 2018.   “Nicholas Penn is captivatingly modest. His music marries quietly masterful guitar playing with wistful narratives that question the state of our interior and exterior worlds — all the while remaining wryly hopeful. His music is disarming… and that’s not an accident. He’d like to see less fighting and more love in the world. His confident music inspires a shred of hope that things could turn out that way.” Mick Jeffries, WRFL - Trivial Thursdays   Penn’s live performances are filled with the masterful accompaniment of Cellist Seth Murphy.  As a duo they create a rich full sound that shimmers with the beauty of acoustic instruments and grooves with the syncopations of Pop, Reggae, and Chillwave.  The two musicians collaborate to deliver a vast range of dynamic volumes, rhythms, and tones, that gives each song a different vibe and takes the audience on a different journey each time.  Penn has recently added a kick drum and tambourine to his repertoire to give the live performance an undeniably modern groove that bridges the gap between Folk, Pop, and Chillwave.
by N. Pennington
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Paul Gilbody 0 P. Gilbody Paul Gilbody Contact Info Phone: +447989356683 email: Category of folk: singer-songwriter Location: Edinburgh, Scotland. Description of Music Paul Gilbody was quietly pleased when described by fans as a John Martyn / Jamiroquai cross-breed.  His fusion of pin-drop delicacy and acoustic groove draws comparisons as diverse as Nick Drake and Jason Mraz. He will be attending FAI 2018 to promote his debut album that is currently being produced by revered producer John Wood (John Martyn, Nick Drake) and due for release in Spring 2018. He would love the opportunity to perform at your private showcase! Please visit for more info. “His genre can loosely be classified as alternative rock/folk that divulges into jazz and funk. The lyrics feel genuine and heartfelt, with a rustic charm to them. A funky, funny and friendly musician, Paul Gilbody is dynamic whilst graceful in his performance.” 5 stars - Broadway Baby    
by P. Gilbody
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Chris Monaghan Seeking Showcase 0 C. Monaghan   Solo acoustic artist Chris Monaghan is worth your attention period. His comfort in being true to himself, a dynamic guitar player, warm voice, and his unique writing style are striking attributes at nineteen. Latest accomplishments? A 12 song CD of original music produced by Grammy winning producer Bil Vorndick.  Chris has tallied over 500 shows including multiple performances at The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room in Nashville TN.   Please check out my most recent live video. If you would like to hear some of my recorded music please check out my website for more.   Contact: Phone: 443-299-2806 Thanks! Chris
by C. Monaghan
Friday, October 20, 2017
Jim Pellinger--seeking private showcases 0 J. Pellinger Jim Pellinger Contact Info: phone:  612-270-5102 email: folk category:  contemporary singer-songwriter Location:  Minneapolis, MN Bio:   Independent singer/songwriter Jim Pellinger has performed on big stages, small stages, and no stages at all at colleges and clubs, festivals and fairs. He has seven releases on his own label, appeared on TV and radio, and along the way got a song in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
by J. Pellinger
Friday, October 20, 2017
Mike Mitchell Bluegrass Trio looking to showcase 0 M. Mitchell    540 267 6069 floydmusicschool@gmail Mike lives and works in one of our country’s richest musical areas,  Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains,  where he is the founder and director of Floyd Music School,  located in the old Pix Theater building  where Bill and Charlie Monroe performed  and Kenny Baker signed to the record label, County Records.  Mike is fortunate to perform, record, and teach alongside some  of the country’s very best players and educators,   Mike is at home on the Bluegrass/Americana stage  and the singer/songwriter venues.  His critically acclaimed recordings and performances  have earned him a respected name within the regional industry  and a fan base of discriminating listeners  throughout the U.S and Canada. Mike Mitchell Trio is Mike on violin/fiddle, vocals, and guitar; Tommy Morse ('Moss') on banjo, and Tom "K" Klingelhofer on bass. This fall, teaming with Mike Schatz, Mike is excited to announce the recording of a new bluegrass album project, Small Town. With Mark Schatz producing and bass-ing, the players include Mike’s bandmate, from The Bluegrass Trio, Tommy Morse on banjo and Mark’s bandmate, from the Claire Lynch Band, Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar. This sophomore project follows Mike’s last album, Dead Center, which has enjoyed 6 months on the Airplay Direct charts, debuting at #1 in May 2017—staying in the top 40 downloaded albums as of Oct 5. About the new project, Mike says: “The material is all original stuff and I have been writing like crazy! Life is good and the songs are flowing. I can’t wait to share them with everyone!” Mike will also add a handful of fiddle tunes and at least one new instrumental. Release date is Feb. 14, 2018, at Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO. In addition to the regional festivals that Mike regularly plays, he and The Bluegrass Trio will be traveling nationally to perform the new album.
by M. Mitchell
Friday, October 20, 2017
Christie Lenée - International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion 0 C. Lenée   Christie Lenée Official Showcase Artist Contact: Phone:  1 615 275-8373 (manager, Gina Mendello)   Christie Lenée is the 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion.  Her unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie's pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), including the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”   “Christie Lenée is a wonderful spirit making beautiful music on the guitar. She has epic compositions that take one on a journey through time.”  ~ Tim Reynolds, Guitarist for Dave Matthews Band “… One of the most shockingly moving interludes we’ve ever had. It was more than the fluid, neck-tapping virtuosity. She seemed to radiate joy.” ~ Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots, Nashville, TN “The message in the music of Christie Lenée is crystal-clear and unambiguous. And that message is a celebration of life, love and joy. The elation in her voice, the ever-present smile on her face, her warm and embracing lyrics, her wonderful between-songs anecdotes, and her brilliant guitar playing all point directly to that message.” ~ Scott Hopkins, MusicFest News
by C. Lenée
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Australian Artist Daniel Champagne 0 D. Champagne   Daniel Champagne OFFICIAL SHOWCASE ARTIST! Contact: Phone:  1 615 828 1685     ABOUT DANIEL CHAMPAGNE One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ ( The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco, Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps,  Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2,  his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009) and ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012.   His latest release “Fault Lines” is available now.  As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).  
by D. Champagne
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rick Ruskin 0 R. Ruskin I'm looking forward to my 3rd time at Folk Alliance International an am seeking a few showcase opportunities. Contact info:   Phone - 206-322-1601   Email -   Website -   Location - Seattle, WA Rick Ruskin is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter considered by many to be a legend.  In his teens, he was fortunate enough to study and work with Rev. Gary Davis.  Between his own desire to grow and the Reverend’s urging him to find his own voice, Ruskin forged a style that embraces not only the blues but a wide range of genres including folk, early and contemporary rock and roll, R&B, classical, and jazz.  His blend of catchy melodies, sophisticated harmonies, syncopation, and unusual phrasing make his music easy to remember yet nearly impossible to imitate.  A sampling of those who have licensed Rick Ruskin's music:             Oprah Winfrey; Touchstone Pictures; A&E Network; MTV; Warner Bros. TV;             ABC-TV;  NBC-TV; PBS.   
by R. Ruskin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Gillian Nicola 0 G. Alexander Contact Info Phone: 647-669-0249 Email: Category of Folk: Folk/Rock; Singer/Songwriter Location: Hamilton, ON Canada Description of Music The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter calls on influences of folk, rock and alt-country to bring a sound both unique to her and that honours her diverse taste. In 2016, Nicola released her sophomore EP, “No Place to Call.” On a base level, the songs are what many have come to know and love from Canadian folk music, but the vocal delivery and heavy instrumentation set Nicola apart. A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP Chasing the Wind, was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards (Best New Artist/Group, Alt-Country Recording of the Year) and the Toronto Independent Music Awards (Best Folk). Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.   PS - This will be my first year at FAI! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all!
by G. Alexander
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Vogts Sisters ~ Sweet Sister Harmony 0 Vogts Sisters Contact: 620-244-5619 Email: Category of Folk: Contemporary Folk with touches of Old Mountain Folk Location: Erie, Kansas Biography: Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies, taking their music wherever they can to include stages at festivals, auditoriums, theaters, and more than a few coffee houses. The sister duo has garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions, including their latest win for the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Showcase. The Vogts Sisters have over thirty original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act. They have produced three albums and plan to release a fourth in 2018.  Maggie (age 26) plays the fiddle and guitar and graduated college in December 2013, while Abigail (age 21) plays the mandolin and guitar and attends Pittsburg State University. The Vogts Sisters would be honored to play your private showcase. Please visit their website to learn more at
by Vogts Sisters
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Chloe Johns Music 0 C. Johns Contact info: 918-629-2502   Bio: Chloe Johns is a country music artist based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She worked as a songwriter for a small publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee before moving back to her Red Dirt roots. Her music is a soulful blend of bluegrass and country western. Currently, she is the main songwriter and singer for the alt-country band Seven Feathers which she co-fronts with  lead guitarist, Ben Neikirk. Other members include Nick Karlovich (bass) and Bryan Lutherbeck (drums) of the Whiskey Misters. Their debut album Seven Feathers: A 4-piece Band will be available to purchase in Spring 2018  She also has a duo show with friend and fellow musician, Erin O'Dowd, under the name Dandi Duo. Listen to her music for free at...    
by C. Johns
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Ayleen O'Hanlon (AUS) solo or duo with Tim Easton (US) 0 A. O'Hanlon   Contact: Phone: +61430101521  ** Unsigned Melbourne singer-songwriter, guitarist and clawhammer banjo player. Available solo or duo.  About Ayleen  Since the independent release of her debut album in 2015, Ayleen O’Hanlon, has been steadily building a name at home as a captivating live performer with a distinctive voice that ropes you in and pulls you under. The album ‘Blend and Spill’ displayed a confidence and candour rarely seen on an alt-folk country debut, and took her on to perform at major folk festivals around the country and later led to an invitation to play in Aussie folk rock veteran, Mick Thomas' (Weddings Parties Anything), band. Outside Australia, you may well know her as the girl with the cat on her guitar - a viral video with 1.7 million views which has earned her an international presence, with fans from Beijing to Texas to Rio De Janeiro.  Carried by skilled picking on the guitar and banjo, and with a sound inspired from folk, country and blues traditions, O’Hanlon's honest songwriting details small town stories, downtrodden hearts, and dusty characters.  O'Hanlon is unsigned and on seeking a US booking agent, festival appearances, and management to promote her next album.  About the duo:  In October 2017, O'Hanlon met and collaborated with Nashville troubadour, Tim Easton, while he was touring Australia. Ayleen will be available to play duo with Tim at private showcases.  **
by A. O'Hanlon
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sam Burns Folk 0 s. burns Singer-songwriter currently based out of Fort Collins, Colorado who has been making moves in the mountains with his unique voice, lyrics, and musicality. Released his debut EP "The Blackbird Sessions" in January of 2017 and intends to release his first LP in January 2018. Sam is a prolific writer and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Classical Guitar.  832-577-4749
by s. burns
Monday, October 16, 2017
Jason Tyler Burton 0 J. Burton Contact Info: Phone: 435-668-4412 Email: Category of Folk: Americana Location:Pinedale, Wyoming Description:  "Burton again captures a sense of place that is at once romantic and spiritual. It’s the kind of album that inspires wanderlust and then becomes the soundtrack to the resulting road trip." - Brian Passey (USA Today)  A former park ranger with a soulful voice and evocative lyrics, the Kentucky meets Wyoming twang of Jason Tyler Burton's brand of folk and Americana will make you lean in a little, and really listen. Over the course of 3 albums, festival appearances, and critical acclaim, Burton is carving out his own niche in the folk and Americana world.  Despite being a seasoned musician, songwriter, and singer, Jason will be attending Folk Alliance International conference for the first time in 2018. He will be solo, but often travels with a three piece band of multi instrumentalists.  
by J. Burton
Monday, October 16, 2017

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