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Folk Alliance Winter Music CampKansas City, MO -- The International Folk Alliance Conference has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting folk music for 25 years, and now the organization is launching a new opportunity for anyone to share and learn in music. Folk Alliance is pleased to announce their inaugural Winter Music Camp, taking place February 19-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Young and old, beginner or master, the camp will offer a huge selection of instructional choices; various instruments, vocals, recording, theory, and more, plus a ton of fun for all ages.

The Camp will feature great hotel rooms with meal plans available, late night jam sessions, parties, instructor/camper concerts, general store, vintage instrument show, record & memorabilia show, and an attached shopping center with plenty of children's activities, in addition to the classes themselves. All of this is packed into three days of fun & music under one roof. It also runs during the annual International Folk Alliance Conference taking place at the Westin Crown Center, connected to the Sheraton by an overhead walkway. Select events will bring the two delegations together, such as the keynote speaker address.

Folk Alliance is also pleased to announce the legendary Graham Nash as Keynote Speaker for this year's camp and conference. A founding musician of both the iconic Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Hollies, Graham has put his exceptional life to print with a candid and riveting biography entitled "Wild Tales" that will be released this September. Those who register for the Folk Alliance Conference or Winter Music Camp before September 30th will be able to add the book to their order and have an opportunity to meet Graham to have their book signed.

With the move of the Folk Alliance International's head office from Memphis to Kansas City, MO, and the relocation of the annual conference to the Westin Crown Center, came the opportunity to connect another event in the Sheraton Crown Center, as the two beautiful hotels are connected and share access to a shopping center, SeaLife and Legoland, and the gorgeous Union Station (Amtrak). In line with the values of the organization, the plan was made to create an event that was accessible to anyone who wants to learn music or play better, not just those working in the industry. The Winter Music Camp was born from this and caters to anyone from beginner to master, offering some of the finest teachers on the planet and some heavy hitters too!

2014 Camp Schedule "At A Glance"

2014 Camp Instructors (updates coming soon!)

Registration for the Camp is available now, and Travel Discounts and Hotel Registration for both the Camp and the Conference are available through Folk Alliance's website.

The Winter Music Camp offers instruction in: Guitar (Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Blues, Ragtime, Western Swing, Jazz, Rockabilly, Slack Key, Gypsy, Sacred Steel, Celtic, Rock and more), Banjo (Bluegrass, Clawhammer, Celtic, Dixieland), Pedal Steel Guitar, Non Pedal & Lap Steel Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Fiddle, Ukulele, Bass (upright & electric), Percussion (drum kit, cajon, congas, hand percussion), Harmonica, Accordion, Dulcimer, Vocal Training, Keyboards, Fantasy Band Camp, Making A Better Band, Playing in Church, Playing in A Family Band, How To Play in Jam Sessions, Instrument Building & Maintenance, A Guide to Vintage Instruments, Digital Recording, Basic Music Theory, Website Development, and so much more!

Graham Nash is true modern day Renaissance man. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice - with both CSN and The Hollies. Further, he's been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twice - as a solo artist and with CSN. In 2010 Graham Nash was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 2013, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lesley University's Art Institute of Boston. His company, Nash Editions' original IRIS 3047 digital printer lives in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his and Nash Editions' revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world. Nash picked up a camera before a guitar; inspired by his father, an amateur photographer. Taking pictures of his family at age eleven proved life changing for Graham, who has said, "that was the first time I realized that I could see things differently." The guitar and further watershed moments came shortly after when, at age thirteen, he decided that music was his calling.

Since the finish of the 25th annual Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto, ON, Canada, Folk Alliance has been one busy organization. The office made the move to Kansas City, MO in April 2013, and has been settling into the new digs, which include storefront at 509 Delaware St. The Folk Store, as it will be known, officially opens to the public in August 2013, and offers vintage instruments, beginner folk instruments, folk art, and various music supplies in addition to direct access to the friendly folks who work at Folk Alliance International, come by and say hello! music under one roof. It also runs during the annual International Folk Alliance Conference taking place at the Westin Crown Center, connected to the Sheraton by an overhead walkway. Select events will bring the two delegations together, such as the keynote speaker address.

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