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Folk Alliance: 50 years after Lennon’s bed-in for peace ...

We didn’t go to bed til around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a long night of watching music, so the sudden brightness in the hotel room around 8 felt oppressively early. All the same, we couldn’t miss the historic “bed-in” ...
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Folk Alliance: the business of trad music in Quebec

The annual Folk Alliance International conference wrapped up in Montreal this weekend – its first time in Canada since 2013 – and Roots Music Canada was there in force.  We’re still processing all the amazing things we saw and did ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the late-night Saturday night ...

First up in the Saturday late night showcases at Folk Alliance International was Sawyer Fredericks, who won The Voice competition at the age of sixteen in 2015. We have been spellbound by the songwriting of this young man. “Hide your ...
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Folk Alliance: Corby contemplates its circus-like atmosphere

Picture something between a circus and a tornado.  But with banjos.  Merrily it coalesced.  The Friday night Folk Alliance was in town.  Instead of jugglers, lanky lads and lasses in po’boy caps, vests and loud pants hung with fretted instruments ...
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Folk Alliance: The revolution will not be translated; Corby ...

Gather round folkish hearts. A freedom fire is burning in mid Montreal. As Haiti exercised its right to riot and R. Kelly’s and Ryan Adam’s ears caught fire in a blaze of sexual scandal, the folk guard refreshed the law ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s official showcase travelogue (Thursday)

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference, the world’s largest gathering of folk artists and industry people.  A key component of Folk Alliance is the showcases, series ...
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Folk Alliance: Dispatches from the Wednesday night showcases

The Wednesday night showcases began spectacularly for us.  The young American singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks blew us away first off with his first ever official showcase at a music conference. This is songwriting that makes your hair stand on end. Sawyer’s ...
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Folk Alliance: The first hour (Wednesday)

The simply awful weather virtually all across Canada on the day the Folk Alliance International conference began in Montreal proved a challenge. Many of the delegates’ flights were delayed or cancelled entirely. A lot of conference delegates arrived way late ...
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Folk Alliance: the man who went from political refugee ...

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference. The event kicked off last night with the International Folk Awards, and five Canadians took home a prize called The ...
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Just what’s it like to be at Folk Alliance anyway?

From tomorrow through Sunday, Roots Music Canada will be on site at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal.  This is the world’s largest conference for folk and roots music, and it features a decent number of global and ...