The 20th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference Welcomes Janet Reno, Kathy Mattea, PBS' "American Masters" Pete Seeger Documentary, and 200+ Showcase Artists to Memphis, Tennessee February 20 - 24

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From keynote speakers Janet Reno and Eliza Gilkyson to the screening of the PBS's "American Masters' Peter Seeger: The Power of Song" documentary, the 20th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference is joining the many facets of the folk music industry into to a dynamic event. 200+ showcase artists and their related businesses are coming from around the world to Memphis, Tennessee.

From keynote speakers Janet Reno and Eliza Gilkyson to the screening of the PBS's "American Masters' Peter Seeger: The Power of Song" documentary, the 20th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference is joining the many facets of the folk music industry into to a dynamic event. 200+ showcase artists and their related businesses are coming from around the world to Memphis, Tennessee to network during the day and entertain at night. Held at the Marriott Hotel Downtown and the Cook Convention Center February 20-24, the conference will kick off the year long 20th Anniversary Celebration for the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (The Folk Alliance) organization.

The Folk Alliance serves as the headquarters some 2,400 members worldwide. Their annual conference is one of the five largest music conferences in North America. The Folk Alliance continues to settle in to their new homebase welcoming their members for the second year to Memphis, Tenn. The attendees include performing artists, record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, and manufacturers.

Though all information is subject to change, as the conference is building new and exciting events daily, the list of showcase artists reflects a wide variety of musical styles of in the folk world. Special features of the conference include ASCAP's Tribute to Ian Tyson; celebrity and classic artists including Kathy Mattea, Chad Stewart (Chad & Jeremy), and Jon Caroll (Starland Vocal Band); film and TV actors Ronnie Cox and Mare Winningham; and hit songwriters Wendy Waldman and Bruce Robison.

2008 Invited Showcase Artists (as of 1/11/08):

A. J. Roach & His Strange Pilgrims (San Francisco, CA)
Albert and Gage (Austin, TX)
Gary Allegretto (Los Angeles, CA)
Allison Barber and The Narrows (New York, NY)
Diana Anaid (Sydney, Australia)
Duane Andrews (Carbonear, NL, Canada)
Nels Andrews (Brooklyn, NY)
Nick Annis (Harpers Ferry, WV)
Nancy Apple (Memphis, TN)
Banshee (Moncton, NB, Canada)
Kim Barlow (Whitehorse YK, Canada)
Mitch Barrett (Berea, KY)
Barynya (Russia)
John Batdorf (West Hills, CA)
The Belleville Outfit (Austin, TX)
Marc Black (Katonah, NY)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Toronto ON, Canada)
Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (Boston, MA)
Ray Bonneville (Cotter, AR)
Bill Bourne (Edmonton AB, Canada)
Brad Yoder Duo (Pittsburgh, PA)
Cory Branan (Memphis, TN)
Ty Brando (Nashville, TN)
John Brannen (Charleston, SC)
Jennifer Brantley (Nashville, TN)
Jackie Bristow (Gore, New Zealand)
Chuck Brodsky (Asheville, NC)
Jon Carroll (with Ben Carroll) (Washington, D.C./Brooklyn, NY)
Kendel Carson (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Peter Case (Los Angeles, CA)
Jud Caswell (Brunswick, ME)
Chad Stuart (Sun Valley, ID)
ellen cherry (Baltimore, MD)
Suzanna Choffel (Austin, TX)
Cleve and Sweet Mary (Austin, TX)
Brad Colerick (South Pasadena, CA)
Colin Spring and the Naugahyde Nights (Portland, OR)
Blair Combest (Memphis, TN)
Companyia Electrica Dharma (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Joe Crookston (Ithaca, NY)
Rose Cousins (Halifax NS, Canada)
RJ Cowdery (Columbus, OH)
Ronny Cox (Sherman Oaks, CA)
John Cruz (Honolulu, HI)
Amelia Curran (St. John's, NL, Canada)
Anthony da Costa (Pleasantville, NY)
Jimmy Davis (Memphis, TN)
Deering and Down (Memphis, TN)
The Dempseys (Memphis, TN)
The Dillonaires (Jackson, MS)
The Dixie Bee-Liners (Abingdon, VA)
Doug & Telisha Williams (Martinsville, VA)
Justin Townes Earle (Nashville, TN)
Noah Earle (Hallsville, MO)
Cliff Eberhardt (Williamsburg, MA)
Kim Edgar (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Kenny Edwards (Santa Barbara, CA)
Emily Elbert (Boston, MA)
Ellery (Cincinatti, OH)
Ellis (Minneapolis, MN)
Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought (Galway, Ireland)
Ennis (St. John's, NL, Canada)
Ali Eskandarian (Brooklyn, NY)
Mich_ambro (Philadelphia, PA)
The Farewell Drifters (Nashville, TN)
David Ferrard (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Michael Fracasso (Austin, TX)
Bob Frank (El Sobrante, CA)
The Freight Hoppers (Bryson City, NC)
Tony Furtado (Portland, OR)
Gadji-Gadjo (Montreal, QC, Canada)
GIANT BEAR (Memphis, TN)
Vance Gilbert (Arlington, MA)
Richard Gilewitz (Tampa, FL)
Eliza Gilkyson (Austin, TX)
Colin Gilmore (Austin, TX)
Kara Grainger (Sydney, Australia)
Greg Greenway (Harwich, MA)
Gypzee Heart (Austin, TX)
Spook Handy (New Brunswick, NJ)
Caroline Herring (Decatur, GA)
Lara Herscovitch (New Haven, CT)
Sara Hickman (Austin, TX)
Eva Hillered (Stockholm, Sweden)
Michael Holland (Carrboro, NC)
Homemade Jamz' Blues Band (Tupelo, MS)
Hoots & Hellmouth (Philadelphia, PA)
Hoven Droven (Ostersund, Sweden)
Jon T. Howard (Los Angeles, CA)
HuDost (New Lebanon, NY/Montreal QC, Canada)
Meg Hutchinson (Boston, MA)
Steve James (Austin, TX)
Jayme Stone Quartet (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Joe Jencks (Cincinnati, OH)
Eilen Jewell (Boise, ID)
John Boutte and Paul Sanchez (New Orleans, LA)
John Carrie and Moor Green (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
John Wort Hannam: Blue Collar Roots Music (Fort Macleod, AB, Canada)
Si Kahn (Boston, MA)
KaiserCartel (Brooklyn, NY)
Kickin Grass Band (Raleigh, NC)
Bill Kirchen (Dunkirk, MD)
Adam Klein (Athens, GA)
kobo town (Toronto ON, Canada)
Kohala (Kamuela, HI)
Kyrie Kristmanson (Ottawa ON, Canada)
Emily Kurn (Anchorage, AK)
Ryan Leblanc (St. Andrews, NB, Canada)
Leela and Ellie Grace (Columbia, MO)
Les Batinses (Quebec QC, Canada)
Treasa Levasseur (Toronto ON, Canada)
Adam Levy (New York City, NY)
Little Miss Higgins (Nokomis SK, Canada)
Cara Luft (Winnipeg MB, Canada)
Rob Lutes (Montreal, QC, Canada)
Joel Mabus (Kazamazoo, MI)
Lindsay Mac (Cambridge, MA)
Catherine Maclellan (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Compton Maddux (New York City, NY)
Michelle Malone (Atlanta, GA)
Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin (Cobden, IL)
Marley's Ghost (San Francisco, CA)
Bex Marshall (London, United Kingdom)
Jackie Marshall (Brisbane, Australia)
Jodi Martin (Ceduna, Australia)
John-Alex Mason (Colorado Springs, CO)
Kathy Mattea (Nashville, TN)
The Maybelles (Brooklyn, NY)
The McDades (Edmonton AB, Canada)
Michael McDermott (Chicago, IL)
Laura McGhee (Dundee, Scotland)
Kim McLean (Kingston Springs, TN)
Molly's Revenge (Santa Cruz, CA)
Dan Montgomery (Memphis, TN)
Gurf Morlix (Austin, TX)
David Myles (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Sierra Noble (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Chris O'Brien (Somerville, MA)
The Old 78's (Kingston, AR)
Olga (Memphis, TN)
Oscar Reynolds & Karumanta (Bolivia/Peru)
Tom Pacheco (Woodstock, NY)
Phil Parlapiano (Los Angeles, CA)
People Project (Ottawa ON, Canada/Mexico City, Mexico)
Gretchen Peters (Nashville, TN)
Ed Pettersen (Nashville, TN)
Patrice Pike (Austin, TX)
The Pines (Minneapolis, MN)
Plaidgrass (Nashville, TN)
Joel Plaskett (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Po'Girl (Vancouver BC, Canada)
porterdavis (Austin, TX)
Joel Rafael (San Diego, CA)
Rasmus Lyberth with Christian Sgaard (Odense, Denmark)
The Refugees (Los Angeles, CA)
Bill Reveles (Los Angeles, CA)
Alan Rhody (Nashville, TN)
Samantha Robichaud (Riverview, NB, Canada)
Bruce Robison (Austin, TX)
Carrie Rodriguez (Austin, TX)
William (Chico) Schwall (Eugene, OR)
Erin Sax Seymour (New York City, NY)
Small Potatoes (Cary, IL)
Darden Smith (Austin, TX)
Sean Smith (Chattanooga, TN)
Jason Spooner (Portland, ME)
Sally Spring (Winston-Salem, NC)
James Lee Stanley (Woodland Hills, CA)
Garrison Starr (Nashville, TN)
SteelDrivers (Nashville, TN)
Stephen and the Talk Talk Band (Portland, OR)
Storyhill (Bozeman, MT)
The Strangelings (Northampton, MA)
Keith Sykes (Memphis, TN)
T Nile (Galiano Island BC, Canada)
Owen Temple (Austin, TX)
Vienna Teng (Saratoga, CA)
Gordie Tentrees (Whitehorse, YT, Canada)
Ford Turrell (Grand Rapids, MI)
Twilight Hotel (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Uncle Monk (Phoenicia, NY)
Stoll Vaughan (Lexington, KY)
Jon Vezner (Nashville, TN)
Kevin Welch (Nashville, TN)
Erica Wheeler (Colrain, MA)
Andy White (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Sarah White (Charlottesville, VA)
Wil (Vancouver Island BC, Canada)
Christopher Williams (Nashville, TN)
Randall Williams (Hickory Creek, TX)
Ben Wilson (Clarksville, TN)
Mare Winningham (Los Angeles, CA)
Tommy Womack (Madisonville, KY)
women in docs (Brisbane, Australia)
Charlie Wood (Memphis, TN)
Shannon Wurst (Alma, AR)
Natalia Zukerman (New York City, NY)

Please go to http://www.Folk.org for details on artists and online registration.

The International Folk Alliance conference has become the annual town hall of the folk community. Nearly 2000 of our 2400 members attend to conduct business, connect with their peers, and simply recharge their batteries for the coming year.

Folk Alliance Mission: The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music, dance, and related performing arts in North America. The Folk Alliance seeks to strengthen organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.

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