Folk music is a phenomenon worldwide. From Mexico to Japan, Americana to traditional Welsh, amateur to professional, there are a lot of folk musicians out there—and from February 17-21, they’ll be gathering in Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International’s annual conference. This year marks the organization’s 28th gathering, and while the presentations and panels are reserved for FAI members, the conference also features a wide variety of public events for attendees with varying interests and musical prowess. Amateur and semi-professional musicians can refine their talents by studying with legendary artists during the Music Camp; sessions range in focus from vocal work and songwriting to instruments such as guitar, banjo and mandolin. Prefer to listen rather than perform? Music enthusiasts can attend a workshop, sing-along or guided folk dance at the Music Fair, or take in a performance during the Official Showcase. Whether your preference is blues, bluegrass or Celtic, indie, alternative or traditional, the FAI conference has a performance for you. folk.org
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