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The ExChange, a Micro-Conference in Ireland

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  
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FAI is in Ireland for our first international event.
FAI is in Ireland for our first international event.

The ExChange, a Micro-Conference in Ireland

Folk Alliance International (FAI) is proud to announce The ExChange, a pilot micro-conference currently underway in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland. The event is FAI's first event orchestrated outside of North America in the organization's 30-year history. The purpose of The ExChange is to forge folk industry relationships, showcase emerging talent, celebrate legends, and strengthen networks internationally. This boutique inaugural meeting features a small group of agents, managers, and presenters invited to develop relationships and explore opportunities with the end goal to determine the viability of a larger conference in future years.
Ireland was selected as the inaugural host location for the rich legacy of folk music nationally, the profound influence of Irish culture on North American folk music specifically (where FAI is based), and a strong partnership history between FAI and the music export office of Culture Ireland. Additionally, FAI’s International Representative is based in Ireland and its Executive Director is originally from Ireland.
The event is presented in partnership with the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival and made possible in part through funding from Culture Ireland and Cork County Council.
Program Highlights
Over two days and three nights, Irish industry delegates and international guests will take part in networking sessions, panel discussions, and intimate pop-up showcases at a variety of local venues. Highlights include an exclusive live-interview with acclaimed songwriter Luka Bloom conducted by Lillian Smith of RTE Cork, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to iconic musician Dónal Lunny.
To view the full program and schedule of events click here.

Dónal Lunny, FAI Lifetime Achievement Award

A lifelong musician, Lunny has been at the forefront of the Irish traditional music renaissance for over five decades. He was a founding member of various seminal Irish bands (Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin) and continues to maintain a robust international recording and performing career with Mozaik, Triad, ZoDoMo, Usher’s Island, and Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Lunny holds the unique legacy of popularizing the bouzouki (a Greek instrument) in Irish music and has produced some of the most significant albums of the "Trad." music revival since the ‘70s. Recording and production highlights include work with Kate Bush, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O’Connor, and Clannad. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Trinity College Dublin and was also made a member of the 250-member national Aosdána, honoring his outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland. Lunny has written music for many films and theatre productions, and he continues to divide time between composing, performance, production, and teaching.
FAI commissioned a special edition, Lifetime Achievement Award documentary short-film, honoring Dónal Lunny. The film will be shown at the event Thursday and followed by a short performance with longtime collaborator Paddy Glackin. You can view the film by clicking here.
Showcasing Artists
Delegate List
Åke Lundström, Live at Heart, SE
Aengus Finnan, Folk Alliance International, US
Alka Sharma, Folk Music Ontario, CA
Chloe Goodyear, Woodford Folk Festival, AU
Chris Frayer, Winnipeg Folk Festival, CA
Christine Sisk, Culture Ireland, IE
Claire Courtney, Earth Agency, GB
Claire Leadbitter, Claire Leadbitter Management, IE
Conor Byrne, Doolin Folk Festival, IE
Dónal Lunny, Artist, IE
Dónal Minihane, Doolin Folk Festival, IE
David Shaughnessy, Kansas City Irish Festival, US
Dr. Kathleen Turner, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, IE
Ed O'Leary, The Good Room/ Live at St.Lukes, IE
Jennifer Roe, Folk Alliance International, US
Joe Kelly, The Good Room/ Live at St Luke's, IE
John Cleere, Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival, IE
Joseph O'Leary, Levis Corner House, IE
Kelly Dougherty, Kansas City Irish Center, US
Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Music Festival, US
Kevin McNally, The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, IE
Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival, US
Lisa Whytock, Showcase Scotland Celtic Connections/ Active Events, GB
Liz Riches, Karakter Worldwide, GB
Luka Bloom, Artist, IE
Martin Nolan, Essential International Artists, IE
Mic Geraghty, Lisa O'Neill, IE
Michelle Conceison, Market Monkeys, US
Niamh NicGhabhann, MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick, IE
Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, Macnas/ Musician, IE
Paddy Glackin, Artist, IE
Peadar King, Inis: Island Conversations, IE
Ray Blackwell, De Barras Folk Club, IE
Roy Harper, Artist, IE
Sam Lee, Nest Collective, GB
Sam McNicholl, Connolly's of Leap, IE
Sheena Keane, Folk Alliance International/ Blue Grace Music, IE
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency, IE

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