2018 started off with a bang for sure. I found myself sponsored by Outward Sound to attend the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, which is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community. There were so many genres represented, ranging from americana and blues to celtic and singer-songwriter. I was absolutely in my element. The most exciting part was how their were people from 27 different countries - and I was representing New Zealand!
Turns out, New Zealand has a bit of a bad-ass reputation overseas. I was approached by a lot of foreign industry people, especially the Americans and Canadians, who told me that out of the hundreds of artists in attendance they always pay special attention to us Kiwis!