The memories of February's successful 26th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference - held for the first time in Kansas City - are still fresh in our minds, along with the wise influence of the FAI executive director (and SXSW co-founder) Louis Meyers. We knew that Meyers, who has been heading up the FAI since 2005, would be retiring at the end of this season. The only mystery was who would be replacing him.
Enter Aengus Finnan, an Irish-born, Ontario-raised arts and music jack-of-all-trades. Finnan was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal for his contributions to humanitarian and cultural efforts in Canada in 2003. That same year, he founded the Shelter Valley Folk Festival in Ontario, where he served as the executive director until 2010. Finnan has also released a couple of solo albums, which have seen success in the folk realm. His resume rolls on.
Here's looking forward to the 27th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference - and a warm welcome to Finnan.
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For more information on the Folk Alliance International, go here.