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BANJO NICKARU on Tap for 13 Shows at FOLK ALLIANCE (Feb 15-18)

February 13, 2017 by 1888media

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With 13 showcases scheduled from Feb 15-18, NYC’s Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are set to storm the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, MO.

Celebrating its 29th year, Folk Alliance is the preeminent annual gathering for singer-songwriters of all styles. Under this year’s theme of “Forbidden Folk,” artists/speakers scheduled to appear include Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Annie Oakley, Joe Purdy, Robbie Fulks, Anthony da Costa, Bill Miller, Darden Smith, David Berkeley, Ellis Paul, Madison Violet, Tift Merritt, Sara Watkins, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Making their inaugural appearance at the International conference, Banjo Nickaru features Nick Russo on guitar and 5-string banjo, singer / guitarist Betina Hershey and vocalist / percussionist extraordinaire, Dr. David Pleasant.

In addition to songs from their debut album Very Next Thing, which hit #6 on the Folk Radio chart, the group will preview “Soar” and “Get Us Out of Fearland” from their forthcoming album “Which Country?”


Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches
Folk Alliance Showcase Schedule:

Wednesday (2/15)
11:30pm – 11:55pm Access Film Music Green (629)

Thursday (2/16)
11:15pm – 11:45pm LilFest II (728)
12:30am – 12:55am Access Film Music Green (629)
1:15am – 2am Roaring Girl Records (619)  [in the round]

Friday (2/17)
2:30pm – 3pm Krazy Keyboards room (608)
11pm – 11:25pm Omega Delta Psi (713)
12am – 12:25am FAI First-Timers I (724)
1:30 – 1:55am Access Film Music Green (629)

Saturday (2/18)
10:30pm – 12:00am Blue Velvet Entertainment (701)
1:30am – 1:55am Access Film Music Green (629)
2:15am – 2:45am Freedom Folkers (623)
3am – 3:20am Violet Hensley Traditional Music Room (645)
3:30am Brett Perkins’ Listening Room (649)

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