The Weeping Willows and Mikhail Laxton at Folk Alliance International 2024

Australians showcasing FAI 24

The Weeping Willows – Photo: LTTL
Mikhail Laxton – Photo: Jen Squires

Australian Showcases

Folk Alliance International – 21 to 25 February, 2024

Kansas City, Missouri

This week, LTTL’s Jim Jacob caught up with The Heart Collectors on the eve of their USA and UK tour, including a chat about the band’s showcase spot at the Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference later this month.

The FAI Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Hip-Hop, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, Zydeco, and various fusions). It’s a wonderful opportunity for an artist/band to play there given the number of industry representatives, sponsors and music fans present. (Read about our experience at FAI HERE).

Melbourne-based The Weeping Willows (3 x CMAA Golden Guitar, 2 x Australian Folk Music and Music Victoria Award Winners) and much admired Queenslander via Ottawa resident Mikhail Laxton will be making their way to the rather chilly-at-this-time-of-year town of Kansas City, Missouri.

For those attending FAI 2024 (we are envious!), we highly recommend you see The Weeping Willows and Mikhail Laxton. Times below.

The Weeping Willows

Official Showcase

Friday 7.45pm: Pershing Place

Private Showcases

Wed 11.15pm: Show Americana / Room 532 (Senators)
Wed 12.00am: Access Gypsy Wagon Video Studio / Room 613
Thu 11.00pm: Australia x Aotearoa / Room 739
Fri 12.00am: AEArtist AERena / Room 615

Sat 11.30pm: Australia x Aotearoa / Room 739
Sat 12.30am: The Music Bin / Room 710

Archive Challenge Showcase
Sat 2.00pm: American Folklife Center / Century C

Mikhail Laxton 

Wed., Feb. 21 – Mavens Henhouse #617 at midnight

Thurs., Feb. 22 – Australia x Aotearoa Private Showcase, Room #739 at 12:20 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 22 – Music Ontario & Friends, Room #640 at 11 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 23 – Benton’s 20th Floor at 6 p.m.



More Music Adventures Await!

Australians showcasing FAI 24


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