2017 Conference In Review

2017 Official Showcase Artists

10 String Symphony

THURS 8:00pm, Shawnee Mission

Emotive songwriting and large soundscapes are at the heart of what this Nashville duo creates with voices and fiddles. Christian Sedelmyer (Jerry Douglass Band) and Rachel Baiman 's recent album 'Weight of the World” hit #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. "They do things with fiddles you wouldn't expect" - NPR.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Adyn Townes

FRI 6:15pm, Pershing East/West

Imagine you're drifting in the Atlantic Ocean with nothing to grab onto. It could be the end, instead it's just the beginning for Adyn Townes. Inspired by artists like David Gray and James Bay, Townes (formerly Andy Brown) has a unique voice that is as raw and honest as his lyrics.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central


SAT 6:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Brampton-born songwriter AHI has travelled over 50,000 miles, armed with an acoustic guitar and a voice like “gravel on silk”, and he has returned as one of Canada's top emerging artists. Seamlessly blending folk, soul and rock, AHI's undeniable gift continues to capture hearts across Canada and around the world.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Aindrias de Staic

FRI 7:45pm, Brookside

De Staic’s performances marry storytelling and music. He has played at music festivals the world over and is deemed to be the mastermind of “Gyp-Hop” (Gaelic gypsy hip-hop) where Aindrias blends a mix of violin, spoken-word over thumping Gaelic beats, giving rise to sounds considered a renaissance in Irish music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Al Scorch

WED 8:15pm, Pershing East/West

A punk rock banjo-wielding John Prine or Billy Bragg, Al Scorch writes for the everyperson. Through his acrobatically poetic politics, hopeful tales of love lost, or cathartic takes on urban chaos, he pens rowdy campfire stories, calls for action, and draws the epic from the ordinary.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Alex Wong

SAT 7:45pm, Brookside

Alex Wong is a Latin Grammy-nominated artist/producer who likes to ask lots of questions. His cinematic songs has been featured on NPR and in commercials for Google, he's produced albums with Delta Rae, Vienna Teng, and Ari Hest, and he's currently writing a musical and a cookbook.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

All Our Exes Live In Texas

THURS 8:30pm, Liberty

All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters here combining in four-part indie-folk heaven. Having toured with the likes of the Backstreet Boys, Passenger and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the Exes are the most badass folk group around. Don't miss these ladies.  website

Alysha Brilla

SAT 9:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Juno nominated singer/songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third album, “HUMAN”. Brilla's music draws on her unique background; blending world sounds together with timely lyrics. Brilla has toured internationally for public performance and school workshops.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Australia/New Zealand

Amado Espinoza Trio

FRI 10:00pm, Pershing South

Amado Espinoza (Bolivia) is a composer/multi-instrumentalist/inventor that promotes the dignity of indigenous instruments through his music and unforgettable performances. With percussionist Andres Ramirez (Mexico) and violinist Tina Bilberry (Kansas City). “Amado’s performances move effortlessly from sublime nuance to an intensity and musicality that defy words.” – Mike Lundgren, founder, TEDxKC.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Amilia K Spicer

THURS 7:45pm, Brookside

Amilia's songwriting fuses together the different places she calls home. From rural Pennsylvania, to Los Angeles via Austin, the topography covers languid farm landscapes, red dirt Americana, and an occasional turn down a dark alley with flickering neon. Or, as she might say with a slight drawl: “water, wine, and whiskey”.   website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Ana Egge & The Sentimentals

SAT 10:00pm, Liberty

"When so many folk singers focus more on the personal than the political, Egge's ("Say That Now" w/ The Sentimentals) has tied the two strands together in ways that recall Joan Baez from the past and Hurray for the Riff Raff from the present." FOLK ALLEY  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Annie Oakley

WED 10:00pm, Shawnee Mission

Annie Oakley is an award-winning all-girl Americana band founded by Oklahoma singer-songwriters Sophia and Grace Babb. Featuring violinist Nia Personette, the group’s lyrical depth and compelling harmonies belie their youth and captivate listeners time and again.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Annika Bennett

FRI 7:00pm, Brookside

Singer-songwriter and multi¬-instrumentalist, Annika Bennett has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the NYC area. Her music uniquely blends pop melodies and folk lyrics. Annika completed one year at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music studying pop production, and she's currently a developing artist with Sony Records Nashville.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Anthony da Costa

SAT 10:00pm, Brookside

Anthony da Costa is a singer/songwriter currently living in Nashville, TN. At the age of 16, Anthony became the youngest winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" competition. He has released over 10 albums as a solo artist. Recently, he has toured as the lead guitarist for Aoife O'Donovan.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Ariana Gillis

SAT 7:15pm, Shawnee Mission

Ariana Gillis premiered her second album, Forget Me Not, only to land on the ears of the music elite. "There is not much that impresses me these days but...I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.” (Bernie Taupin; Elton John's lyricist)  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Authentic Light Orchestra

FRI 6:30pm, Century C

ALO is an international band, founded by multi-instrumentalist&composer Valeri Tolstov (2009). ALO combine genres: world,jazz,pop,armenian folk & classical music, arranged/composed by Tolstov. Swiss vocalist Veronika Stalder sings in armenian language as it was her mother tongue. The band won the grand prix of Armvision songcontest Tsovits Tsov in Kremlin Palace.  website

Baile an Salsa

SAT 6:30pm, Century C

Baile an Salsa are an international band comprised of nine world-class musicians. The band seamlessly blend their passion for traditional Irish music with Latin Rhythms, creating a fusion which they call "Salsa-Trad". Lead vocalist and founder, Andres Martorell, brings melodies from various styles including Salsa, Flamenco & Irish Sean Nós.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Barbara Dane

SAT 6:30pm, Shawnee Mission

Barbara Dane’s long extraordinary life has found her singing wherever people are fighting for peace and justice. Pete Seeger joined her in Detroit for her first concert in 1946, followed by decades of collaborations with folk, jazz, blues and world music artists, from Louis Armstrong and Mikis Theodorakis to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Silvio Rodriguez.  website

The Barefoot Movement

FRI 10:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the...scene," the music of the Nashville's The Barefoot Movement, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass & vocal harmony layered over memorable original material, is as heartfelt as their intention for their audience: sit back, relax & take your shoes off.  website

The Bean Project

THURS 6:15pm, Liberty

From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia come The Bean Project, a vibrant French horn-clad acoustic quartet blending the raw untreated sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter styles with fresh and unique songwriting - most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire'.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central

Bella Hardy

SAT 7:45pm, Pershing East/West

BBC Radio2 Folk Singer of the Year 2014, Bella won universal acclaim for ‘With The Dawn’ named "...nothing short of a masterpiece” (London Times). She's opened on tour for Mary Chapin Carpenter, was the only UK artists selected for WOMEX15, and spent seven weeks as British Council's Musician in Residence China.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Belle Plaine

THURS 8:30pm, Pershing South

She’s a modern-day folk singer with a touch of 1940s swing. A songwriter who leverages her captivating voice with humour. “Belle’s voice is old-timey & jazzy. You listen to this voice, and your cheatin’ heart has a very dry martini in hand, and you’re hearing something timeless and brand new.” (CBC)  website

Ben Bedford

WED 10:00pm, Roanoke

Ben Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also includes Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell and Danny Schmidt. Bedford released his fourth album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, in 2016.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Ben Caplan

FRI 8:30pm, Pershing East/West

A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Beth Bombara

WED 9:15pm, Roanoke

Named Best Americana Artist, 2015 by the Riverfront Times, she’s traveled coast to coast, backed by her husband (Kit Hamon) on upright bass, fiddle, percussion and harmonies. Her sound has long lived at the Four Corners region of Americana, with folk, blues, bluegrass and rock all within walking distance.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Betse & Clarke

WED 8:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Adventures in Music: Betse & Clarke invite listeners on a journey through song, tunes, and stories on fiddle and banjo. Banjo Cafe writes about their album River Still Rise: "A stunning collection that forces old-time music to take a fresh look at where it’s been and where it’s headed."  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Bill and the Belles

THURS 10:00pm, Brookside

“A 78 RPM shellac record come to life. What a wonderful and authentically American sound" (Music City Roots). At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles are "helping early country music remain appreciated--not just replicated" (Rolling Stone).  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Bill Miller

FRI 8:30pm, Pershing South

3-time Grammy-winner and Speaking Talent Bill Miller is overwhelmingly recognized as the leading voice of American Indian peoples. Miller's career highlights include a commissioned piece with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and work with John Carter Cash, Eddie Vedder, Tori Amos, Peter Rowan, Arlo Guthrie, and scores of other notable talents.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Blair Dunlop

THURS 7:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist has created a solid fan-base across the U.K. Blair has now created his own label partnering with Absolute Label Services for the next exciting stage in his career, releasing the acclaimed 3rd album ‘Gilded’ to the U.K in May 2016.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Bob Woodruff

WED 9:15pm, Shawnee Mission

From Greenwich Village to Nashville to LA, Bob Woodruff reached mid-90's country rock success with three critically acclaimed releases. His stunning 2016 comeback release The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain held eight weeks on AMA Top 40 with title track single debuting #1 on RMR Americana Chart.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Brooke Annibale

WED 8:30pm, Roanoke

Brooke Annibale’s evocative musicianship is driven by a passion for songwriting. It’s her deep groove on guitar and her smoldering vocal delivery that draws you in. Annibale finds influence from musicians like Kathleen Edwards, The Swell Season, who push boundaries and redefine what it means to be a singer/songwriter.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

The Brother Brothers

THURS 6:15pm, Brookside

The Brother Brothers offer rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo as only twin brothers can offer. Already established players and composers in a wide spectrum of genres throughout the NY musical circuit, they have teamed up to bring their individual experiences together.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Bruce Sudano

FRI 9:30pm, Shawnee Mission

Singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano has a storied history in the world of music. He's known for writing some of the biggest hits of the 1970's and 1980's, (Donna Summer's "Bad Girls", Dolly Parton's "Starting Over Again") as well as a founding member of the groups Brooklyn Dreams and Alive N Kickin.  website

Caitlin Canty

FRI 8:00pm, Century C

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her breakout record Reckless Skyline harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice both haunting and distinct.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Calvin Arsenia

WED 9:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Avant-garde singer, songwriter, and musician Calvin Arsenia mixes powerful experimental musings with hearty melodies. Self accompanied on the guitar, piano and now primarily the folk harp, Arsenia blends this genre-bending and emergent sound into a warm stew that soothes the soul.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Carrie Elkin

THURS 6:15pm, Pershing East/West

Carrie Elkin is a powerhouse vocalist, beautifully moving lyricist, and an infectiously charming performer. Her new album, The Penny Collector, will be released in March, 2017 and is a stunning piece of work that is already generating quite a lot of pre-release buzz through the publicists’ grapevine.   website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Carsie Blanton

SAT 10:15pm, Shawnee Mission

Carsie Blanton's newest record, So Ferocious, is “a playful indie-pop record for smart, ferocious libertines”. Carsie has toured extensively since 2006, and has opened for Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, Shawn Colvin and more. Her live performances are praised for their wit, humor, and captivating charm.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

The Changing Room

WED 10:00pm, Century C

From Cornwall, England. Original, rootsy folk with a dash of Cornish language. Award-winning songs delivered by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning vocalist. Established in 2014 with a debut album listed in The Telegraph's list of 'Best folk albums of the year'. Second album released in August 2016.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Cécile Doo-Kingué

FRI 9:15pm, Liberty

Award winning guitarist, singer - songwriter Cécile Doo Kingué is rapidly earning a stellar reputation amongst the roster of great guitarist coming from Canada. The 5 time MapleBlues nominee plays incredibly powerfully, gaining recognition for her exceptional stage presence. In 2017 She is both a showcasing artist and Music Camp instructor.  website

Coco Love Alcorn

SAT 7:00pm, Brookside

Coco Love Alcorn has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Wonderland. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along.  website

Cory Branan

WED 9:00pm, Pershing East/West

16 years, 5 albums, and a million miles later, Cory Branan has carved a name as a consummate songwriter earning respect from peers in Americana ("Branan is one of my favorite songwriters working today"-Jason Isbell) and punk ("The greatest songwriter of our generation"-Chuck Ragan). New album Adios out this spring.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Curly Strings

SAT 10:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Modern string band from Estonia that combines hauntingly beautiful melodies with playful and energetic musical textures. Their pure joy of making music and sincere way of presenting their songs leaves nobody indifferent. In collaboration with acclaimed Estonian poets they create songs that accompany the listeners long after leaving the concert hall.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

The Currys

SAT 9:15pm, Brookside

The Currys have cultivated their brand of harmony-rich Americana through summers of writing and performing on the Florida Gulf Coast. In mid 2015, the band crowdfunded and recorded their second album, ‘West of Here’, and spent much of 2016 touring the eastern seaboard to support the release.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Darden Smith

THURS 7:00pm, Pershing East/West

With a career spanning three decades, singer/songwriter/teacher Darden Smith continues to write and tour across the US and Europe along with exploring new and innovative ways to use the craft of songwriting in education, innovation, and service. Smith's 15th album, 'Everything' will be released April 2017 on Compass Records.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Dave Gunning

SAT 8:45pm, Shawnee Mission

With a career spanning 20 years and 11 albums, Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and eight East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. A world-class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences through his heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and stunning musicianship.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

FRI 8:45pm, Roanoke

Pacific Northwest based songwriter duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer's latest album was recorded entirely with solar and wind power on a nearly uninhabited island in northwest Washington. Known for exceptional harmonies, compelling lyrics, and Fer's pioneering electric guitar work, the pair tours extensively throughout the US and Europe.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

David Berkeley

WED 10:45pm, Roanoke

Santa Fe-based author/songwriter David Berkeley returns with his new book of interweaving short stories and an album of accompanying songs, one for each character. He's been a guest on This American Life, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, Acoustic Cafe, Sings Like Hell and The Loft Sessions. "Berkeley's a musical poet" -SF Chronicle  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

David Olney

SAT 6:15pm, Pershing South

Singer-Songwriter, Shakespearean Actor, Radio Host and Published Poet David Olney is known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful performances. Recorded by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young & many others, David shares his songs and the story behind them weekly with his "You Never Know" Songwriter Series videos.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Digging Roots

SAT 7:45pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Digging Roots are an Indigenous, alt-roots/global-blues JUNO alumni band. Their last album 'For The Light' received national acclaim, winning a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award and a JUNO album nomination. Recorded in Australia and Canada, Digging Roots will debut their latest album 'The Hunter & The Healer' on June 21, 2017.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz

THURS 7:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Dione Taylor is a Juno-nominated, soulful, powerful Canadian singer/songwriter who released her new album, “Born Free” to rave reviews in late November 2015. This Saskatchewan-born, Toronto-based artist has been promoting this recording, which she calls ‘Prairie Blues’, with amazing live performances and Live-to-Air TV and radio broadcasts. www.dionetaylor.com  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern


SAT 6:15pm, Liberty

Doolin’ is France’s premiere Celtic band and their album signed by Compass Records is one of the freshest Celtic records of the year. Their music produced by John Doyle, achieve a sound uniquely their own - deeply rooted in traditional Celtic music but flavored with French chanson and American roots music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Dylan Menzie

WED 10:30pm, Pershing East/West

With his compelling vocals, Dylan Menzie has become one of PEI’s prime musical exports. His latest EP followed his top-four placement in CBC’s 2016 Searchlight competition. The lead single Kenya spent 8 weeks on CBC Radio 2 Top 20 countdown including 2 at number one.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Élage Diouf

FRI 7:45pm, Liberty

"My music is for the world to enjoy. It touches the heart, whatever the language. My songs combine many cultures' warm influences, with good dancing rhythms, sounds that make you want to move and feel great. This is what I want for me, my family, my planet." -Élage Diouf  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA – Midwestern

Eliza Gilkyson

THURS 9:15pm, Pershing East/West

Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and activist. She is in the Austin Music Hall of Fame, a recipient of several Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Elle Márjá Eira

THURS 6:30pm, Century C

Elle Márjá Eira is a artist from Sapmi in Northern Norway. She plays with genres, her roots in the Sami storytelling and yoik, and mixes it with a modern sound. The concerts are always strong visuals in the audiovisual landscape and are often described as poetic and political.   website

Ellis Paul

WED 9:15pm, Century C

Ellis Paul has 15 Boston Music Awards, 19 albums, and 3 books and celebrates his 25th Anniversary of 150+ shows/year. Recognized internationally from songs in Hollywood films, and known as arguably the hardest-working troubadour, Ellis' work ethic and songwriting have propelled him to the top of the American folk music world.  website

Emily Wurramara

FRI 7:45pm, Pershing South

Australia's unique cultural heartbeat and ancient culture alive and powerful through song and Emily Wurramara draws from two worlds with music and stories about contemporary life with an ageless perspective, her passion for culture and heritage heard through her deeply engaging and personal songs in English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Erin Costelo

FRI 7:45pm, Pershing East/West

Canadian soul singer, Erin Costelo has a voice like a jolt of electricity and her songwriting style has been described "as if it her songs were written by your heroes". She has opened for legends Mavis Staples and Dr. John and performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Flagship Romance

FRI 6:15pm, Brookside

Flagship Romance is a duo consisting of newly married singers & songwriters Shawn Fisher & Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the genre "Harmonic Alternative Folk." Anchored by Fisher's intense & unique guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions feature the couple's dynamic & unclassifiable vocal blend.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Frances Luke Accord

WED 9:45pm, Pershing South

Frances Luke Accord are a Chicago-based duo originally from South Bend, Indiana. Since releasing their debut LP, Fluke (May 2016), FLA's carefully crafted compositions have earned them performances on NPR's The Mountain Stage and AudioTree. The duo supported and accompanied Darlingside on their 26-show national tour this fall.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Fraser Anderson

SAT 7:15pm, Roanoke

Fraser Anderson writes unique and delicately crafted songs that honour the power of human connection and vulnerability. Treasured for a voice critically acclaimed as "Truly Beautiful", this Scottish troubadour has captivated global audiences with “deeply moving” performances from his latest release, "an album of rare beauty", "Under The Cover Of Lightness".  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Freddy & Francine

THURS 7:00pm, Brookside

Americana/Soul duo Freddy & Francine "evoke the strong swelling songwriting of Neko Case, the soulful impulses of Ray Lamontagne, and are possessed of honeyed voices in the ageless vein of Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra." - SFCritic  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Front Country

THURS 7:15pm, Shawnee Mission

What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Fru Skagerrak

THURS 7:00pm, Pershing South

Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to roaring polkas, and everything in between. Three master musicians from each of the Scandinavian countries - the result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian traditional music today.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Gaby Moreno

THURS 9:30pm, Century C

Gaby Moreno is an acclaimed singer songwriter hailing from Guatemala (based in LA). She's furiously toured the world and just released her 6th album "Ilusion" produced by Gabe Roth (Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings/Amy Winehouse).  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Gaelynn Lea

SAT 7:00pm, Pershing East/West

Gaelynn Lea was the 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. She is a violinist and singer from Minnesota who has performed her mix of original songs and traditional, live-looped fiddle tunes for over a decade. Gaelynn Lea has a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and regularly advocates for disability rights.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

George Wurzbach

FRI 6:30pm, Roanoke

George Wurzbach is a Kerrville New Folk award winning songwriter, performer and 15 year veteran of the folk comedy trio Modern Man. His songs have been recorded by, Tom Paxton, The Kingston Trio, David Wilcox. His collaboration with Paxton was featured on the Grammy Nominated Album, Comedians and Angels.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Giri & Uma Peters

SAT 8pm, Shawnee Mission

Giri and Uma Peters are a brother/sister duo from Nashville, TN. These award-winning multi-instrumentalists have been electrifying audiences with their refreshing, soulful blend of old-time and bluegrass music. Although young in age, their musicianship and vocal harmonies showcase a level of creativity and originality well beyond their years.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Gjermund Larsen Trio

THURS 9:15pm, Pershing South

Gjermund Larsen enjoys a position as one of the most respected and active performers and composers on the contemporary Norwegian folk music scene. The Norwegian State Academy educated fiddler and composer has received several prices for his music. 2011 he was nominated for the Grammy Awards together with the Trondheim Soloists.  website

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

SAT 9:30pm, Shawnee Mission

Gracing stages around the world, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are renowned for their high-energy exhilarating live show and signature style that infuses their love of traditional bluegrass, folk and old-time roots music together to deliver an eclectic wardrobe of tunes that’s as unique and entertaining as they are.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Gwyneth Herbert

SAT 10:15pm, Roanoke

Gwyneth Herbert is a British multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and multi-award-winning songwriter. Drawing on influences from the worlds of folk, storytelling, jazz and avant-garde music, she has released 6 albums (including Blue Note's first UK release in 30 years). 2016 saw tours across North America and Europe with her unique new duo show.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Haley and Dylan Richardson

THURS 6:15pm, Pershing South

Young siblings duo, Haley and Dylan Richardson from New Jersey, have been astounding audiences and sharing the stage with top Irish musicians. Fiddling phenom, Haley, winning the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney and multiple All Irelands, was featured in Fiddler Magazine Fall 2015. Dylan’s driving guitar rhythms back Haley's melodies perfectly.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Handmade Moments

WED 9:45pm, Brookside

Infectious like a rash of joy you want to catch is Handmade Moments. Ludford and Horton possess impeccable, recognizable voices that harmonize beautifully. Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil, and it’s all silky.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show

THURS 10:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Charlie Musselwhite says "Harpdog Brown has a smokin' band and he's singing real, old-school blues just like you want." Holger Petersen of SiriusXM exalted 'this band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue. Blues fans of all stripes would love this show." This is pure, authentic, early-electric blues.  website

Harrow Fair

SAT 8:30pm, Liberty

Harrow fair is Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner. One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock n Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo's evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Heather Mae

WED 8:15pm, Pershing South

An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, L-Mag calls Heather Mae "the new queer Adele". Mae breaks ground with her new social justice infused EP, entitled “I AM ENOUGH” (#60 - iTunes Pop Album) by shining light on touchy subjects not often heard in pop music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Heather Rankin

FRI 10:00pm, Pershing East/West

Heather Rankin’s debut album, A Fine Line, sees her forge her own music legacy as a singer/songwriter with poetic lyrics and bold collaborations. As a member of The Rankin Family she toured the world selling 1000000+ records. She’s worked with artists including Carly Simon, The Chieftains and Johnny Reid.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central

Hermitage Green

THURS 10:15pm, Century C

Expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines, dobro melodies and banjo lines cutting through soaring four-part vocal harmonies. Hermitage Green was formed following a spontaneous jam session between friends and are now famed worldwide for their energetic and engrossing live performances.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Hey, Wow

THURS 8:00pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Hey, Wow is Jean-Marc Lalonde’s newest musical project. There’s accordion in it, but as you’ve never heard it before; amplified, distorted and wah-wah’ed! This rocking new sound, while still keeping a foot in traditional and roots music, offers up playful songs that talk about the moments in life that stand out.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

High Plains Jamboree

THURS 10:00pm, Pershing East/West

"While guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and close harmonies screams "bluegrass," HPJ's vibe is a modern country style, where song composition, lyrics, and virtuoso performance take them to a different plane than other stringbands on the road today." -No Depression. "One of the best things we saw at AmericanaFest." -Rolling Stone.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern


THURS 10:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016’ by CBC Music, IsKwé (which means ‘woman’ in her native language) is fostering an unmistakable sound that weaves together her Irish and Cree/Dené roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip hop breakbeats.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

James Hill & Anne Janelle

SAT 9:15pm, Liberty

Canadian Folk Music Award-winning duo James Hill & Anne Janelle have charmed audiences in over 15 countries. James is “a dazzling performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine).  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Janice Jo Lee

THURS 6:30pm, Roanoke

Janice Jo Lee is an award winning Korean-Canadian, folk/roots artist from Kitchener, Ontario. With her guitar, trumpet, looping pedal and powerful vocals, Lee enlivens audiences with sing-along anthems and bluesy folk songs. Her powerful lyrics feature strong themes of social justice. On stage she is disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Asia

Jeff Black

FRI 7:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

JEFF BLACK voted one of the top 100 Folk artists of the last 25 years by Boston's WUMB listeners. Songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings and Sam Bush. A master songwriter whose albums and soul driven performances have been celebrated for over 30 years.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Jeff Crosby

WED 9:00pm, Brookside

"Crosby will surely appeal to fans of all the great songwriters from Dylan to Van Zandt to Earle." Jeff Crosby has been sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the US and beyond for the past decade. "Waking Days" will be re-released in the UK on At The Helm Records 12/9/16.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

The Jellyman's Daughter

THURS 8:30pm, Brookside

Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and the good kind of pop. Emily and Graham strive for originality in their songwriting while Graham's cello is "percussive as a drum, grounded as a bass or sweet as a fiddle"  website

Jeremy Kittel Trio

WED 9:45pm, Liberty

Fiddler/composer/bandleader Jeremy Kittel has worked with everyone from Bela Fleck to My Morning Jacket to Yo-Yo Ma. He’s joined by Joshua Pinkham and Quinn Bachand, two leading musicians on mandolin and guitar, for a compelling blend of traditional folk styles and original music. Recently debuted on A Prairie Home Companion.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Jess Klein

SAT 9:15pm, Pershing East/West

The New York Times calls Jess Klein “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity. She finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal.” Folk Radio UK calls 2014's Learning Faith "Unquestionably the finest album of Jess Klein’s impressive career". Jess was a 2015 Kerrville NewFolk Finalist.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Jimmy LaFave

SAT 9:15pm, Pershing South

The attraction of Jimmy LaFave lies in his voice, striking chords at the heart of folk, roots rock, and blues. His devotion to music has crafted a sound from experiences with songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Joe Purdy

WED 10:30pm, Brookside

Folksinger Joe Purdy has just released his latest album, "Who Will Be Next?," and is presently on a Worldwide tour. The Los Angeles-based, Arkansas-native's album is a searing commentary on the times.  website

John Craigie

THURS 10:15pm, Roanoke

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northwestern

John Fullbright

FRI 10:15pm, Century C

John Fullbright is a Oklahoma based singer/songwriter with two studio albums and one live recording. His 2009 Live At The Blue Door introduced him to the folk community and in 2012 his studio debut, From The Ground Up, brought John to the entire world. In 2014 the recording "Songs" followed.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

John McCutcheon

FRI 8:00pm, Washington Park Place II & III

One of our most beloved folksingers: multi-instrumentalist, author, activist, actor, and storyteller, “Folk music’s rustic renaissance man!” (Washington Post) His 45-year touring career began at the knees of many of the greats of Appalachian music and grew to include 38 recordings, 3 children’s books, 2 DVDs, and 6 Grammy nominations.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboy

FRI 7:45pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, Gulf War veteran, and award-winning southern songwriter and storyteller. Johnny Waken is Byrd's secret weapon, electrifying the show with blistering guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and maybe the most musical saw you ever heard. Together, Byrd and Waken put on an unbeatable show.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

JP Hoe

SAT 8:30pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Canada’s National Arts Centre or the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. A raucous rhythm section or a deft string ensemble. Seven time Western Canadian Music Award Nominee JP Hoe continues to share his engaging dynamic style of folk pop; crafted by an unmistakeable voice, nimble melodies and cunning lyrics.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Kalyn Fay

THURS 9:30pm, Roanoke

Kalyn Fay is a singer-songwriter, native to Oklahoma. The Cherokee songstress grew up neck-deep in the Bible Belt, but found her unique voice while studying her family history. Somewhere between the vulnerability of Sufjan Stevens and the brash, beautiful sounds of Wye Oak lives this poetic soul wise beyond her years.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Kelly Oliver

SAT 9:30pm, Roanoke

Kelly Oliver is a singer/songwriter/guitarist described by The Times as 'blends traditional with bold, indie-pop'. She has released two albums to critical acclaim and her music has gained BBC Radio 2 airplay. She performed on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live national UK TV and performs original music and traditional songs.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Kirsty McGee

SAT 8:00pm, Roanoke

Hard to categorise, difficult to ignore, singer-songwriter McGee has toured around the UK and Europe for 15 years, releasing 7 albums. With a voice the texture of 'smoke and velvet' her ever-evolving sound is 'filmic, joyful and dusty with hints of gospel and blues'.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Kobo Town

SAT 8:45pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Founded by Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town's music has been described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian). From their home base in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated ensemble has brought their calypso inspired sound to audiences across Europe, North America and the Caribbean.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Korby Lenker

FRI 6:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

No Depression: "One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it." 1st place winner at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, Korby is a published author, sharing stages with Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, others.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Kortchmar, Postell & Navarro

THURS 7:15pm, Century C

Separately, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Postell and Dan Navarro have written, recorded, produced and backed such seminal folk-pop-rock artists as James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Pat Benatar, Don Henley, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bangles, Eric Andersen, Jennifer Warnes. They’ve now united to sing their own songs and tell their own tales.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

La Banda Morisca

SAT 9:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

A group of musicians who have founded numerous musical adventures with some of the most remarkable bands from the “World Music”. Now, they are fusing their original view of a traditional repertoire of music: oriental and occidental influences from the South of Mediterranean and the mood of the traditional flamenco.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western


FRI 9:15pm, Brookside

lal sounds like migration, They sound like deportation. They sound like everything changed and taken into another world. Their new album, Find Safety combines a myriad of influences, including their signature personal-political lyricism and Detroit Techno-influenced; poly-rhythmic blend of synth and sample-based music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Las Cafeteras

SAT 6:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Las Cafeteras are migrant children remixing roots music and telling modern day stories by seamlessly fusing traditional Afro-Mexican beats with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a fresh Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

FRI 9:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards are bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that inspire rock-n-roll swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson, fiddler Jenna Moynihan, and bassist Natalie Bohrn pair their sophisticated string arrangements and vocal harmonies to bandleader Laura Cortese's powerful singing.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Leanne Goose

FRI 6:15pm, Pershing South

Leanne Goose, multi-nominated indigenous singer-songwriter and entertainer celebrated for her honest, sassy and unapologetic style both on stage and in the boardroom. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she is also very proud of her work as an advocate for indigenous and northern arts boards, panels and agencies.  website

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

SAT 10:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

LBO is a guerilla-folk-Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-band like no other. Heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international press, in just a few short years, this dozen strong juggernaut has perform on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of dazzled audiences everywhere they go.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Leonard Sumner

FRI 7:00pm, Pershing South

Leonard Sumner is an Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in Interlake Region of Manitoba. He provides perspective from a voice often unheard and over-looked in the traditional music communities: truthful, insightful, and providing a new sound straight from ‘the Rez’.  website

Liam Gerner

THURS 7:45pm, Liberty

Steeped in blues and country folk story songs 33 year old Australian Liam Gerner has toured for 10 years in UK, USA, NZ and Australia. Liam's album Land Of No Roads cut with LA’s finest at Rick Rubins Shangri la and was released at Americanfest 2016 through MGM Nashville.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

FRI 8:00pm, Shawnee Mission

With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been non-stop traversing the country in support of their 2015 album, Ionia. Wherever placed in the genre continuum of the times, it's their sincerity and passion for following the music that propels them.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern


WED 9:00pm, Pershing South

Lisas, Lisa Rydberg and Lisa Eriksson Långbacka, was formed in 2011 when both Lisas had heard from various quarters: You two should play together! The duo invites you to enjoy of music that stretches the genre bounds and of ensemble playing characterized by sensitive ears and intensity.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Liz Stringer

THURS 7:00pm, Liberty

Hailing from Melbourne, Australian and regarded as a national treasure, Stringer is renowned for her powerfully emotive live performances and melodically rich, story-based writing. 2016 Stringer launched her fifth album “All The Bridges” which “blows in like a gust of fresh antipodean air, revealing a vibrant and assured talent” Exclaim!  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Lloyd Spiegel

THURS 9:15pm, Liberty

Spiegel’s unique experience, command of the guitar, storytelling, and powerful stage persona has put him at the forefront of acoustic blues in Australia, re-inventing the style while maintaining a close relationship with it’s foundations and traditions. Spiegel has toured the globe with frequent visits to Europe, New Zealand and the US.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

The Lonely Heartstring Band

THURS 10:15pm, Shawnee Mission

The Lonely Heartstring Band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Luke Daniels

FRI 8:00pm, Roanoke

Luke Daniels is a British singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, banjo player, pianist and melodeon virtuoso. His music combines live, 19th century clockwork and digitally sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales with intriguing instrumental music via an uncompromising stance towards society and the institutions that support us.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Luke Jackson

THURS 8:45pm, Roanoke

Luke is a young roots singer/songwriter from the UK, and 2013 saw him nominated in 2 categories at the UK BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. With a bold, show-stopping voice and intricate guitar skills, he's a confident and captivating performer with a wealth of finely observed narrative songs.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Lyal Strickland

FRI 6:30pm, Shawnee Mission

Missouri Ozarks songwriter Lyal Strickland writes about the world he lives in: A little tough sometimes, doggedly inspiring at others, but absolutely real. Strickland doubles as a working farmer so there’s no shortage of inspiration in the delicate balance of legacy, pride, and struggle defining his hometown of Buffalo, Missouri.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Madison Violet

SAT 8:30pm, Pershing South

Award-winning Canadian duo, Brenley MacEachern & Lisa MacIsaac, have spent 17 years writing & touring internationally together. The pair combines critically acclaimed songwriting with flawless harmonies, while effortlessly swapping between instruments and telling tales of love, family and broken hearts. They will make you laugh, cry and long for home.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Mari Black Celtic Band

THURS 7:45pm, Pershing South

World champion Celtic fiddler MARI BLACK is known for her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music. Her shows take listeners on a journey celebrating tradition and exploring possibility in dance-based musics of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Argentina, eastern Europe, and the Americas.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Maria Dunn

SAT 7:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, songwriter and past Juno- and CFMA-nominee Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. Her new album Gathering (2016) celebrates contemporary stories of courage and struggle, local and global. www.mariadunn.com  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Marquise Knox

THURS 7:45pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother Lillie. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late legend, Henry James Townsend. His talent has earned him performing rights with notable Blues performers.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Masters of Hawaiian Music

THURS 8:45pm, Century C

Three award-winning masters -- 4-time Grammy-winner, slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., talented multi-instrumentalist (including 7-string bass) and vocalist Nathan Aweau, and slack key guitarist/island music master David “Kawika” Kahiapo -- bring Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles, with origins in early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture, to 21st century stages.  website

The Matchsellers

WED 10:30pm, Benton's 20th Floor

The Matchsellers' wild, gritty, and hilarious show has been developed over three years of relentless touring. While deeply rooted in bluegrass and old time tradition, the pair's respective backgrounds in electric blues and classical violin-- as well as a penchant for the absurd-- offers a refreshing point of view.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Matt Haeck

SAT 7:00pm, Liberty

East Nashville’s Matt Haeck comes by his contradictions honestly. Classic and tattooed, retro and current, scrappy with an honest, lyrical voice that leans toward Hank Williams without ever being derivative, he sings truths hard-earned from years of struggle most men twice his age have never seen.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Matt the Electrician

THURS 8:30pm, Pershing East/West

Matt the Electrician is a quirky, sincere folk/pop singer songwriter based in Austin, TX. He has self-released 8 studio albums, and 2 live CDs since 1998. Matt regularly tours all over the world, playing theaters, festivals, clubs and house concerts, and is a fixture in clubs of his hometown.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Australia/New Zealand

Meaghan Blanchard

FRI 7:00pm, Pershing East/West

Raised in the rolling hills of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Meaghan came by music honestly. She is a gifted guitarist with her own blend of light claw hammer/finger picking style; paired with a crystal pure voice and a unique ability to write and tell stories through charming character driven songs.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Mean Mary

WED 8:15pm, Brookside

Mean Mary (Mary James), an award-winning performer and author, based in Nashville, TN., fuses folk with bluegrass, blues and rock with her banjo, fiddle, and guitar. She began life as a musical prodigy – could read music before she could read words, and co-wrote songs at age five.  website

Mel Parsons

FRI 7:15pm, Shawnee Mission

One of New Zealand's established songwriting stars, two-time NZ Music Award finalist for Folk Album of the Year, 2016 NZCMA Song of the Year winner, and 2015 finalist for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll award, international touring artist Mel Parsons has a dynamite live show not to be missed.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Mélisande [électrotrad]

FRI 10:00pm, Liberty

A proud heir of French Canada's rich musical tradition, Melisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts with a feminist perspective and the modern sound of her band. The Quebecois quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional, rock and electro with a mix of instruments, vocal harmonies and sequencing.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Michael Fracasso

SAT 6:15pm, Pershing East/West

Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist. His acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie, Mickey Newbury among others, He worked alongside producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton. In 2011 he was short-listed for literary achievement by the Austin Public Library.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Missy Raines & The New Hip

FRI 8:45pm, Shawnee Mission

With a smokey and seductive alto, 7 Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet that flows easily from the lush and ambient to the groove-ridden frenetic wail. Raines fearlessly pushes the boundaries of bluegrass, folk, and Americana while simultaneously forging a link to tradition.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern


FRI 8:30pm, Brookside

Unsongs is a collection of songs that have been banned, censored or silenced. The attempts to suppress them were as mild as an airplay ban and as brutal as murder. With great sensitivity and imagination, Norwegian singer-songwriter Moddi has given them new life, simultaneously celebrating the censored and exposing the censors.  website

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

FRI 8:45pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Grammy-nominate fiddler and Berklee Visiting Scholar Bruce Molsky brings the next generation of roots players, guitar genre-bender Stash Wyslouch (Deadly Gentlemen) and master of the clawhammer banjo, Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls) together for an audacious, joyful and compelling musical journey as Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Nancy and Beth

WED 10:45pm, Washington Park Place II & III

In the year 2011 Megan Mullally met Stephanie Hunt in a vehicle. They exchanged haiku, made significant eye contact, admired each other’s stigmata and sang close harmony. The Earth inhaled sharply. Reality expanded and shuddered with delight. That blessed day saw the voluptuous becoming of Nancy & Beth. Welcome to pleasure.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western


FRI 8:30pm, Liberty

An honest soothing voice cast in contemporary folk and poetry that recalls a certain Leonard Cohen sensibility, songs steeped in influences from around the globe, visual metaphors and spiritual allusions: that's the artistry NEeMA offers with Painting My Wall Gold, a sumptuous new album that goes straight to the heart.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band

THURS 8:45pm, Washington Park Place II & III

The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band brings five genre-busting artists together to deliver joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and blues. Featuring Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion. This is truly an all-star band.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Newberry & Verch

THURS 6:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Joe Newberry and April Verch showcase tunes, ballads, step dancing, and original songs by way of Canada and the Ozarks. With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals, and exquisite dancing, these two singular musicians hit the stage in perfect rhythm, making audiences remember why this music existed in the first place.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

The Novel Ideas

WED 10:30pm, Liberty

The Novel Ideas is a country folk quintet of friends from the great state of Massachusetts. Featuring the voices of three different songwriters, The Novel Ideas create a blend of pastoral, harmony driven, and plaintive Americana.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Oh Susanna

THURS 9:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Oh Susanna has released seven critically acclaimed records noted for their contemplative, thoughtful, folk-inspired songs that transport listeners into an imaginary emotional landscape. Oh Susanna’s songs aim straight for the gut. The timeless themes of love, loss and longing are expressed in soaring melodies and vivid lyrics.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

The Once

SAT 8:00pm, Century C

The Once is a JUNO-nominated indie-folk trio from Newfoundland. While originally known for its haunting interpretations of traditional music, The Once’s newest EP, We Win Some We Lose, marks a new era, with new sounds, new styles and new ideas. Having finally found their voice, the band is looking firmly ahead.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern


FRI 8:45pm, Century C

OSOG is an exotic musical collective from Israel. The band plays acoustic, soulful music infused with everything Americana, from the Appalachian peaks to the islands of Hawaii. This large outfit brings together punk rockers, metal-heads and jazz players, and each show is a celebration of creativity and love for music.  website

Paul McKenna

THURS 10:00pm, Pershing South

His controlled vibrato, tinged with Scottish brogue, is finished with the malt tone of a well travelled bard. Scots Singer of the Year in 2012 at The Scots Traditional Music Awards, accolades for McKenna keep coming. His 4 albums, are well crafted songs of people, who for centuries still seek freedom.  website

Peter Bradley Adams

FRI 7:15pm, Century C

Peter Bradley Adams was one half of the duo Eastmountainsouth, signed to Dreamworks Records in 2002 by Robbie Robertson (The Band). Adams has since released five solo albums including an EP with his side project, Down Like Silver. His new record."A Face Like Mine" is due February 2017.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest:

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

FRI 10:15pm, Shawnee Mission

..is the brain/heart child of violinist, vocalist, and composer Phoebe Hunt. This music swells, crashes, rests, and shifts beneath Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice. Sounds of Americana and swing, from her Texas roots, are woven with rhythmic concepts culled from her study of Indian Classical music, feeling surprising yet familiar.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western


FRI 9:30pm, Roanoke

Plainsong was founded in 1972 by Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort) and Andy Roberts (Liverpool Scene, Pink Floyd's "The Wall" tour). They diversified into separate careers, reforming the band in 1990. Over time they produced 10 recordings, culminating with their highly acclaimed Reinventing Richard: The Songs Of Richard Fariña.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern


SAT 10:15pm, Century C

PORTS, a four piece from Northern Ireland, articulate breath-taking musical soundscapes over intricate rhythmic patterns, grounded by heart-felt and deeply personal lyricism. The band have received fantastic reviews including; 'Flavour of the Month' and 'Ones to Watch' from BBC Introducing and continue to captivate audiences with their four part harmonies  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

Quantum Tangle

FRI 9:15pm, Pershing South

Fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik embrace their blended backgrounds. Combining Inuit throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, they paint a circumpolar soundscape. As Ayalik charismatically embodies her stories, Gritt infuses a Métis rock soul to create an experience that consumes the senses.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Radio Free Honduras

FRI 10:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie Baran is a true virtuoso - an heir to a rich tradition of Honduran music. Radio Free Honduras is a diverse collective of Chicago musicians, all united under one goal – supporting the artistry of Charlie Baran and bringing this tremendous talent into the spotlight.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

The Railsplitters

WED 10:45pm, Century C

Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making unconventional bluegrass music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears--music of the American West, made for all.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Ramy Essam

SAT 7:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Ramy Essam is an Egyptian musician and activist internationally famous as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution. He has won many awards for his commitment to music as a weapon for change. Since 2014 living in Sweden, he´s become a global symbol for social activism through music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Ray Bonneville

THURS 9:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville is a blues poet of the demimonde whose acclaimed performance groove is the product of a unique, electric guitar style, unrivaled harmonica tone, smoky vocal and unwavering foot percussion. A native French Canadian, Ray is a highly decorated songwriter and lives in Austin, Texas.  website

The Resonant Rogues

WED 8:30pm, Shawnee Mission

The Resonant Rogues are the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith Smith. With influences ranging from gypsy swing & early New Orleans jazz, to Appalachian old-time, all the way over to eastern European folk music, they take their favorite flavors and blend them into a delicious, danceable dish.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Rita Chiarelli

THURS 8:30pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist, with a JUNO award (Canadian Grammy) and 4 subsequent nominations, is known as Canada's “Goddess of the Blues”. Over the past decade Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including the prestigious Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award.  website

Robbie Fulks

WED 9:45pm, Pershing East/West

Robbie Fulks is an American singer-songwriter who has released 13 albums over a career spanning more than 30 years. Robbie plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Robby Hecht

FRI 7:15pm, Roanoke

Robby Hecht is a songwriter's songwriter whose voice and lyrical writing style are distinct and individual. He has won many prestigious national performing songwriter awards including the Kerrville New Folk and Telluride Troubadour competitions. In a perfect five-star review, The Telegraph called Robby's work "songwriting of the highest quality."  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Robyn Hitchcock

FRI 8:30pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Rod Picott

SAT 8:30pm, Pershing East/West

Rod Picott is an award winning singer songwriter from Nashville TN. with songs recorded by Slaid Cleaves, Fred Eaglesmith and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Picott has had songs placed in the television series Justified as well as the Michael Douglas film Solitary Man.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern


WED 9:15pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Romantica plays lush, richly orchestrated pop-folk made rural by twangy pedal steel. Led by an Irishman, the music contains references to Ireland but is placed firmly in the rich musical traditions of American country and folk music. Romantica’s fourth album, Shadowlands, will be released on Last Chance Records on 2/10/2017.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern


FRI 9:30pm, Century C

RWG is a new group featuring, Don Ross, Jimmy Wahlsteen and Calum Graham, three of the world’s most renowned fingerstyle guitarists who combine their individual catalogues, bringing audiences on an acoustic guitar musical journey. Individually achieving many accolades and awards, together pushing the boundaries of musical collaboration to uncharted musical territory.  website

Rowena Wise

THURS 10:00pm, Liberty

Australian songstress Rowena Wise has grown up with music, touring nationally and internationally from a young in with the Wise Family Band. Laying pop-infused melodies, and rich, quirky conversational lyrics onto a sparse folk canvas, she performs with a believability that defies her 23 years.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central

Roy Williams & The Human Hands

FRI 10:45pm, Shawnee Mission

Roy Williams, an American songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, writes music with a curious ear and an open mind. From the classic pop tunes heard on the first cassette Roy owned—The Beatles “Live at the BBC in 1963”—to the incomparable instrumental canon of Django Reinhart, Roy’s influences and expression eclipse genre categorization.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western


FRI 6:15pm, Liberty

Inspired by the vastness of Northwestern Québec’s where the band is based and the deep spirituality of the Amerindian tribes, influenced by ancient pagan Scandinavian and Celtic rituals, the entrancing sounds of Saltarello take the listener on a musical journey filled with rhythmic frenzy and beautiful haunting melodies.  website

Sam Baker

SAT 8:30pm, Brookside

From small town beginnings in Itasca, TX to headlining major music venues in the US, Canada, and Europe, Sam Baker’s music/story have been shared throughout the world by major media outlets including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Sam Kelly

SAT 9:30pm, Century C

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his Irish gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southwestern

Samantha Whates

SAT 6:30pm, Roanoke

English singer-songwriter Samantha Whates has played at venues and festivals in the UK and Europe. Her 2013 award winning cover of 'Can't Stop Loving You' has had over 1.5 million YouTube views. Her critically acclaimed 2014 album – ‘Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days’ received national airplay across the BBC.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Sara Watkins

FRI 9:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

LA-based songwriter Sara Watkins' album, 'Young In All The Wrong Ways,' sees her boldly stepping in to the role of frontwoman following the collaborative groups of Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek. Her most fully realized solo album, it is also her most powerful, personal and revealing.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northwestern

Sean McConnell

FRI 10:15pm, Roanoke

Although Sean McConnell's new Rounder album will serve as his introduction to many listeners, he is actually a seasoned, distinctive songwriter and performer with a number of indie releases to his credit. Having built a substantial grass-roots fan base through tireless touring, McConnell is primed for a mainstream breakthrough.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Si Kahn with special guest Joe Jencks

FRI 6:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Si Kahn has spent 52 years as a civil rights, union and community organizer and musician, with 17 CDs of original songs, a CD of labor/civil rights songs with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp, the songs and/or scripts for seven musicals, three books, and one co-authored with public philosopher Elizabeth Minnich.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Silver City Bound

WED 8:15pm, Liberty

A long-time collaboration between guitarist Justin Poindexter and accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider, Silver City Bound is "Americana at its best” (Huffington Post). With soulful harmonies, dazzling improvisation, and infectious grooves, their electrifying show takes you on the journey of two exceptional songwriters from different backgrounds, together “bound for alt-country glory” (Elmore Magazine).  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Skye Wallace

WED 10:45pm, Shawnee Mission

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes music that makes you feel excited. Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace bases out of Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Socks in the Frying Pan

SAT 8:45pm, Century C

Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from Ireland. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit has gained them a number of accolades. These Include “BEST NEW BAND” at the Tradition in Review Awards and “NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR" at the Live Ireland Awards.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern

Son of Town Hall

SAT 8:45pm, Roanoke

Meet international folk-duo Son of Town Hall, born when London-based producer/songwriter Ben Parker and American songwriter/author David Berkeley sailed the Atlantic on a raft. Whilst at sea, the two penned songs of wonder and woe, the likes of which haven't been heard since Paul left Art. Set sail with them.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom


SAT 8:00pm, Washington Park Place II & III

Söndörgő is one of the leading exponents of tamburitza music from Hungary. Unlike the fiddle driven village music and brass band traditions often associated with eastern European folk music, tamburitza is propelled by the tambura, an instrument akin to the mandolin that is often accompanied by wind instruments and accordions.  website

SONiA disappear fear

WED 8:30pm, Century C

One voice, one guitar, bending sound and light into songs helping fans leap to their feet. "Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations", Don Kening-Chicago Daily Herald, "her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time."  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Australia/New Zealand

Sousou & Maher Cissoko

SAT 6:15pm, Brookside

Multiple award-winning Senegalese/Swedish duo crossing borders in their music just like in their life together. Constantly on the move with musical and human meetings as their principal driving force. Maher was born to play kora and Sousou is one of very few female kora players in the world.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Eastern

The Steel Wheels

THURS 9:30pm, Shawnee Mission

The Steel Wheels hail from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, combining strong acoustic instrumentation with resonant, effortless harmonies. Wild As We Came Here (2017), produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Elephant Revival), compounds on 2015’s 'Leave Some Things Behind' to deliver the band’s most explorative album yet.  website

The Surly Gentlemen

THURS 6:30pm, Shawnee Mission

The Surly Gentlemen are a trio made up of award winning Bluegrass veterans Clay Hess, Tim Shelton & Brennan Hess. Their style is deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Americana and Folk. If the music of Tony Rice & The Stanley Bros. had a kid, it would sound like The Surly Gentlemen.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Susan Werner

THURS 8:00pm, Century C

Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. She currently has a PBS special, "The Land Will Outlive Us Al"l and is writing the music to a Broadway play," Bull Durham."  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western


FRI 7:00pm, Liberty

Blind Blake, Lionel Hampton and Tom Waits have a drink together... Sussex is the result of this unlikely meeting. Internationally renowned musicians, Rob Lutes and Michael Emenau, have enlisted some of Canada's finest players to create a tasty, eclectic and totally original blend of blues, folk, ragtime, Americana and jazz.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Suzie Vinnick

THURS 6:15pm, Benton's 20th Floor

"Suzie Vinnick takes the stage from footlights to rafters and owns it. She belts out blues or croons ballads with equal deftness. Her guitar work is effortlessly commanding and tasteful. Her powerful presence leaves a lasting impression. This lady is a force of nature with a six-string guitar." Mike Agranoff  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Midwestern


FRI 10:00pm, Brookside

Taarka hails from the acoustic-rich hills of Colorado where David Tiller, Enion Pelta-Tiller, Troy Robey and Mike Robinson of the spirited Americana band whose name brings to mind sizzling spices and vibrating strings get their inspirations exploring bluegrass, pop rock, folk, old-time, Indian, gypsyjazz and Celtic all from a string-band setting.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

FRI 9:15pm, Pershing East/West

Multiple 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees, ECMA & Music PEI Award winners, the trio Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative & wildly entertaining bilingual traditional music powerhouse, has created a contagious and unique sound that now tours throughout Canada, the US & Europe.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Terra Lightfoot

WED 10:00pm, Washington Park Place II & III

As a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies, with her elemental voice commanding attention and awe.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Southeastern

Tift Merritt

FRI 7:00pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated songwriter whom the New Yorker calls “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” Her sixth studio album, Stitch of the World, will be released in early 2017 on Yep Roc Records.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Tim Easton

SAT 10:00pm, Pershing East/West

Tim Easton spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour on the the streets of Europe before returning to the States to record 9 acclaimed solo albums. Mojo Magazine called his most recent album, American Fork, "uncompromising." He lives in Nashville, TN.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canadian Arctic & Alaska

Tish Hinojosa

THURS 7:45pm, Pershing East/West

Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas whose music blends folk, country, Latino, and pop. She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been featured on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northwestern

Tiz McNamara

THURS 7:15pm, Roanoke

Tiz McNamara’s independent releases have racked up over 1.3 Million Spotify streams, featured in UK TV shows ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘East Enders’ and gained huge support from BBC Radio, and Amazing Radio. Tiz featured on a UK NO.1 single with Sir.Paul McCartney, Shane McGowan and supported BRITS ‘Critics Choice Winner’ James Bay.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe

Tom Freund

THURS 9:15pm, Brookside

It’s the ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies, a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund’s music. Freund has played with the likes of Graham Parker, Brett Dennen, Jackson Browne, and Ben Harper and been featured in the hit shows “American Gothic” and “Better Things”.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Australia/New Zealand

Tomato Tomato

THURS 8:00pm, Roanoke

Not your garden variety duo; they write clever quirky songs drawing on Folk and Bluegrass. Lisa performs on an old washboard; rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal, while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet. Tight harmonies, old-timey guitar and up-cycled percussion create an unmistakeable sound.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Western

Tony Furtado

WED 10:30pm, Pershing South

Tony Furtado is prolific and adventuresome singer/songwriter and instrumentalist who combines elements of folk, roots, bluegrass and blues to create a potent and heartfelt blend of original and traditional music. A twice awarded national banjo champion and peerless slide guitar master, Furtado has recorded 18 critically acclaimed albums since 1990.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Track Dogs

WED 9:00pm, Liberty

Track Dogs are an acoustic four piece based in Spain with members from Ireland, the US and UK. Taking their name from the NY subway maintenance teams this closely-knit group of ex-pats have opted for cajón instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. Four-part harmonies steal the show.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Ireland & United Kingdom

Trout Fishing in America

SAT 7:00pm, Pershing South

Trout Fishing in America is one of the biggest sounding and most joyful duos anywhere. Performing together for 40 years, Keith and Ezra's musical journey has taken them to all 50 states, Europe, and Canada. They've received 4 Grammy nominations, 3 Indies, and most importantly, a loving and loyal following.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

Trout Steak Revival

THURS 8:45pm, Shawnee Mission

Presenting a finely curated blend of Americana and Colorado bluegrass, Trout Steak Revival's soulful lyrics and resonating harmonies quickly capture one's attention. It's their live performances, though, that mesmerize fans and make it abundantly clear why the band has won both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition and an Emmy Award.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Twisted Pine

WED 8:30pm, Washington Park Place II & III

With their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, and musical daring, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. The quartet creates a unique, infectious, joyful noise without limits, bringing the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Vance Gilbert

SAT 7:45pm, Pershing South

"The voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god" - Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He performed over 2,500 shows, toured with George Carlin for two years, and recorded 10 albums. “Whimsical sense of humor, and astonishing smooth, pure tenor voices.” -Dirty Linen  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Western

Victor & Penny

WED 9:45pm, Benton's 20th Floor

Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. Named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by PITCH, V&P and the LCO feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work, red-hot horns, a fiery ukulele, charm and hot licks.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern


SAT 7:15pm, Century C

From Canada’s Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islands, sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join with Pascal Miousse. Their sophisticated music combines tight harmonies, foot percussion and virtuoso instrumentation. Vishtèn’s trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistles, piano, bodhran, jaw harp and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: USA - Northeastern

William Prince

SAT 7:45pm, Liberty

William Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés and creates emotionally-charged experiences that linger in memories. His rich baritone vocals and acoustic melodies offer warmth and hope so that we might forgive life's shortcomings, as he relates them through his songs.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Canada - Central

Wink Burcham

SAT 10:00pm, Pershing South

An old soul with a song craft that belies his age, Wink Burcham has a genuine reverence to the past with a knack for writing witty, heartfelt lyrics that immediately pull the listener into his stories. The music easily slips between old-fashioned country, grass-roots folk, and Piedmont-style blues.  website

2017/18 Primary Touring Interest: Continental Europe