The Folk Alliance International Conference (February 21-25/2024, Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City MO) 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).
Eliza Mary Doyle has been selected as an official showcase artist this year and will perform:
Thur Feb 22, 7PM in Washington Park Place 1
as well as FAI private showcases:
Wed Feb 21, 1:30am (Thur morn) Room 648 - Janet's Planet
Thur Feb 22, 12:30am (Fri morn) Room 617 - Maven's Henhouse
Fri Feb 23 10:30pm Room 607 - Kari Estrin Badass Women's Showcase
Sat Feb 24 2-4pm Century C, Archive Challenge
Sat Feb 24 11:30pm Room 627 - The Daydream Room
Sat Feb 24 12:45am (Fri morn) Room 548 - Coloradans and Company
Jackie Kroczynski will be performing in FAI private showcases:
Wed Feb 21, 10:30pm in Room 611 - Krazy Keyboards Private Showcase
Wed Feb 21, 1:30am (Thursday morning) in Room 627 - Songwriters in the Round, The Greensboro Sound Artist Co-Op
Fri, Feb 23, 11:50pm - FARM First Timers Showcase
Eliza Mary Doyle has had a twenty-year career in groups, as a solo artist and professional session musician, playing banjo, singing, and performing with the banjo, dobro, guitar, and mandolin. She has released nine full-length albums, won a Juno with The Dead South (who she toured with from 2016-2018), and has toured Canada, the USA and Europe extensively. Doyle has been a regional finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Canada competition and a past winner of Bell Media’s contest, The Next Big Thing.
Doyle’s latest studio album, “Pretty Strange” is a 10-track collection of bangers captured live at Sidekick Studios in Nashville TN. It summarizes Doyle’s progression as an artist by framing her unique and catchy, melody-driven songwriting style in the context of an exciting alt-country/folk sound. With driving banjo, guitar and pedal steel licks throughout to keep the listener engaged and eager to discover each track, her fresh take on the Americana genre is a welcomed addition to the scene. Eliza was nominated for Roots or Folk Artist of the Year and made the Albums of the Year Long List, 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards, also performing at the awards celebration.
Jackie Kroczynski is a multi-talented artist with a lifelong passion for music and storytelling. Drawing inspiration from the prairies and its people, Jackie’s music is infused with their spirit. Jackie has found her voice as a singer/songwriter, captivating audiences with her brilliant storytelling abilities. Her latest album "She's A Story" (2023) weaves together ten intriguing stories that celebrate the lives of women and the challenges they navigate. Across a diverse range of genres and styles, Jackie's music embraces each song’s characters, ultimately fostering empathy within the listener. She received an official showcase spot at Your Roots Are Showing 2023 in Ireland along with her husband, Tom Kroczynski and was nominated for Music Professional of the Year at the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards for her work in music education.