Guest Speakers

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Richard Thompson

  Date/time TBD

Richard Thompson, co-founder of Fairport Convention and named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,’ is one of the world’s most virtuosic folk-rock icons. Thompson has recorded 40 albums, been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and honored with awards like the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player, the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, and a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Just scratching the surface of Thompson’s list of famous collaborators is a veritable who’s who of some of the world’s most recognizable names. Thompson once toured with Bob Dylan, produced an album with Jeff Tweedy, and had his music featured in two tribute albums and covered by R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Robert Plant, and many more. Speaking from a global and historical perspective, Thompson will take us through a look-back at 30-years of folk music as only he can.

Mission Statement

The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.

Additional Conference Events

2018 FAI Conference

DATE: February 14-18, 2018

LOCATION: Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA