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FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (FAI)

The Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word).

The annual February conference (now in its 30th year) draws 2,700 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2017 conference represented 27 countries including Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Yemen.

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.

Folk Alliance International is a 501c3 registered US charity with 5 regional affiliate organizations that also present conferences and other programming in support of its membership.

WHAT HAPPENS AT FAI

FAI ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The 2018 Artist in Residence project explores the connection between music, sound, mathematics, and art. Korean-American artist Henry Nam is partnering with the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Applied Math Department to develop and interpret a percussive instrumental guitar composition, in turn collaborating with the the sound and media arts students of the Kansas City Art Institute.

Henry Nam | Percussive Fingerstyle Guitar Acrobatics

Henry Nam is a percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar solo act following in the footsteps of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Don Ross, and Preston Reed. Born on a US military base in the Republic of Korea, raised in San Francisco, Germany, Maryland, and Philadelphia and currently based in Washington DC, musician and autodidact Henry Nam is the product of an international, multicultural upbringing that manifests not only in his diverse musical styling but also in his attitudes about the role of the arts as a universal language able to help people of all backgrounds build meaningful connection and communicate constructively.

BEND AREA HOUSE CONCERTS

LITTLE BEND HOUSE CONCERTS
Hosted by Julia Pfiefer

Little Bend House Concerts are held once a month from April to Sept offering Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Jazz and more.

BEND AREA MUSIC VENUES

THE TOWER THEATER

Art Deco live performance theater, located in downtown Bend, on Wall Street

LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER

A beautiful outdoor riverfront amphitheater, in the Old Mill District, that will accommodate 8,000 patrons.

DRAKE PARK CONCERT SERIES

The free summertime Munch & Music concert series is hosted by Bend Memorial Clinic, in beautiful Drake Park

U.S. & CANADIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS

CALGARY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Calgary, Alberta)

Held at Calgary’s bucolic Prince’s Island Park since its inception, it’s one of Canada’s flagship, trailblazing music festivals with a national and international profile and a broad, cutting-edge programming vision.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

(Hillsdale, New York)

A three day community of Folk Music and Dance at the foot of the Berkshires.

FISCHER FEST

(Fischer, Texas)

One of the smallest and most intimate Music Festivals, held in a grand ole hall, in support of Americana music.

KERRVILLE FESTIVAL

(Kerrville, Texas)

18 days and nights featuring national and international performing songwriters, with weekend evening programming at the Kennedy Outdoor Theater and weeknight shows at the Threadgill Theater.

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

(Newport, Rhode Island)

The Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein in 1959, takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits.

MOAB MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Moab, Utah)

Three day festival focused on singer-songwriters and the folk genre.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Three or four day extravaganza of traditional and contemporary music, dance, crafts, camping, and children’s activities hosted at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL

(Lyons, Colorado)

A weekend festival celebrating songs and stories from around the musical and geographic world.

SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL

(Sisters, Oregon)

Three day music festival, with eleven stages, and a year round cultural organization.

VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Vancouver, British Columbia)

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a Canadian cultural institution – a unique community-based celebration with an internationally-renowned reputation for presenting the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music artists from around the world.

WILDFLOWER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Richardson, Texas)

Three day, award winning, eclectic arts and music festival with six stages.

WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL

(Winnipeg, Canada)

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a summer folk music festival held in Birds Hill Provincial Park, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. It features a variety of folk artists from around the world, as well as a number of local artists.

WOODYFEST

(Okemah, Oklahoma)

Incredible festival commemorating the life and music of Woody Guthrie.

MUSICAL TOURS

INNISHFREE TOURS

(Music Tour of Ireland)

These are tours for people who don’t like tours! You’ll experience the best music and scenery, and will be steeped in the rich Irish culture and history.  Ireland has a rhythm of its own and, when followed, magic happens.  Our tours run over 9 days and nights. We bring 22 guests and travel in small luxury coaches. Each tour visits three counties. We stay for three days and nights in each county, and accommodation is in small quality hotels and guesthouses. By day we visit surrounding ancient sites, stone circles, ring forts, fishing villages, beaches, heritage centres and more.

The singer-songwriter tour leaders often bring their musical instruments for an occasional song along the way. We return to our hotel each afternoon, freshen up, have dinner, and by night we share music with Irish songwriters, poets, and traditional musicians at traditional ‘sessions’ of fiddles, penny whistles, guitars, accordions, tenor banjos, playing jigs and reels, and singing songs.

SONGS OF SCOTLAND

(Music Tour of Scotland)

If you have ever enjoyed Ed Miller as a performer, how about spending 10 days travelling Scotland with him as he shares his friends, humor, music and knowledge with you “on location” in his homeland. Imagine hearing Border ballads in a 16th century tower; dancing to the fiddle of Iain Fraser; hearing Gaelic songs from Margaret Bennett; singing sea songs in a fishing village or farming songs in an Angus bothy; enjoying Jim Malcolm’s songs of Perthshire; exploring the alleys, museums, shops and pubs of Edinburgh; or following in the footsteps of Robert Burns with an expert on Scotland’s national bard. These are the kind of experiences Ed brings you on these very personal folksong tours.

Originally from Edinburgh, Ed has lived for several decades in Austin TX. He can, therefore, see his homeland from both a Scottish and American perspective. As a singer, folklorist (PhD), geographer (MA), radio host and amiable character with an infectious love and knowledge of Europe’s ” best wee country,” he is the perfect guide for a visit to Scotland. 2019 will be the 20th year he and guide Charles Hunter have been leading these adventures.

MIDDLE FORK RIVER EXPEDITIONS

(Musical Rafting Tours)

These are professional music rafting trips.  The guests, musicians and MFRE guides all agree that these trips are the best, as there is a way music can connect the group to nature and the canyon itself, not to mention the “tribe” that is formed through music.  We have 13 Music trips offered in 2019.

How do they work?  –  All musicians have their different style and personality, of course.  Musicians play each evening around the campfire, but also at scenic grottos, waterfalls along the way, and even while soaking in a hot spring.  It is up to the musician when and where they want to play but it is always coordinated with the MFRE Expedition Leader.

Many novice guest musicians ask whether they can play with the musicians as well and in many cases this is allowed and encouraged.  If you want to bring an instrument please do and we will bring an extra dry bag for you.  Just be sure it is in a hard case.

CRUISE WITH RADASLOV LORKAVIC’ (aka the Croation Sensation)

(Croation Coast Musical Cruise)

This is an opportunity to experience the real Croatian Sensation. No, it’s not an Accordion player gyrating onstage. It’s the brand new five-star rated vessel M/S Freedom with a maximum capacity is 38 passengers in 19 cabins. It will cruise, for 7 nights, from Dubrovnik to Zadar led by Radaslov Lorkavic’. We will visit all his favorite islands and secret pristine bays and beaches along the way. Trust me, you won’t find a more spectacular setting. And we will visit his Hvar, which is spectacular. Come join us! Dobro došli!

Cruise includes:

  • Seven nights accommodations
  • Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik airport
  • Departure transfers from ship to Zadar airport
  • Shore excursions in each port of call
  • Welcome reception with Radoslav
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches
  • Special gala captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
  • Luggage handling
  • Free wif-fi on board
  • Special Radoslav concerts/events to be announced

DESTINATION RECORDING STUDIO AND ARTIST RANCH

BLUE ROCK ARTIST RANCH AND STUDIO

(Wimberley, Texas)

State of the art, destination recording studio.

Billy and Dodee Crockett have created a slice of musical heaven, in the Texas Hill Country.

Blue Rock is the meeting of Old World artistic values and audio perfection. Architect, Lou Kimball and acoustic designer, Michael Cronin, have created high performance spaces with natural warmth, just right to play (and work) in.

Six rooms are connected with 100 microphone lines, video ties, headphones, and network lines. The Garrison and the Texas Room, with high vaulted ceilings, and overlooking the hills and winding river bluff, are perfect for strings, drums, amps, percussion, and choral tracking.

Modern audio excellence employs analogue and digital technologies. At Blue Rock, these are seamlessly integrated. Famed British audio designer, Rupert Neve created the all-discrete 5088 console and much of the high-end outboard gear. Classic compressors, EQs and ambient processors by Chandler, Shadow Hills, Mercury, Bricasti, and others, are supplemented by the production power of Avid’s Pro Tools HD3 with converters by Apogee and Prisim (40 I/O). Full lodging, kitchen, dining, and catering services complete the experience.

Owner / Guru Billy Crockett and Engineer Charley Kramsky talk about the unique essence of Blue Rock Studios and how the custom Neve 5088 Console has changed the workflow and sound of recording at Blue Rock… both traditional studio recording and live show mixes.

I was fortunate enough to be on hand for Blue Rock’s 7th birthday, when not only 25 artists played sets, but the legendary (father of modern recording) Rupert Neve dedicated the newly installed custom Neve 5088 Console.  What a day!

A timelapse video of the installation of the Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console at Blue Rock Studios.

A mini video documentary about Ruthie Foster and her performance at Blue Rock Studios.