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Folk Alliance International Reveals Recipients and Inductees of the 2020 International Folk Music Awards

BeauSoleil, winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (Living)

Folk Alliance International (FAI) has announced the award recipients and inductees for the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs). The awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, on the opening night of FAI’s 32nd annual conference taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The IFMAs recognize folk music legends, unsung heroes, and rising talent.

Mahalia Jackson, winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award (Legacy)
Preservation Hall , winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (Business/Academic)

The Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards, named after FAI’s co-founder and determined by membership vote, are presented to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures and organizations. The 2020 recipients are celebrated cajun band BeauSoleil (Living), the “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson (Legacy), and the iconic Preservation Hall (Business/Academic).

Ani DiFranco – Photo by GMDThree

Ani DiFranco will receive The People’s Voice Award, presented annually to an individual who unashamed embraces social and political commentary in their creative work and public career.

The Pickathon festival, based in Portland, Oregon, will receive The Clearwater Award, presented annually to a festival that prioritizes environmental stewardship and demonstrates public leadership in sustainable event production.

Spirit of Folk Awards, honoring those involved in the promotion and preservation of folk music through creative work, community building, and leadership, will be presented to Ake Lundstrom (Nordic Folk Alliance), folklorist/writer Ben Sandmel, Ellen Bello (Native American Music Awards), refugee-artist Ephraim Bugumba, Jan Ramsey (OffBeat Magazine),  and Laura Hassler (Musicians Without Borders).

This year’s inductees into FAI’s Folk DJ Hall of Fame include Holger Petersen (CBC, CKUA – Edmonton, Canada), Mary Katherine Aldin (past KPFK –  Los Angeles, USA), and Nick Spitzer (PRX – New Orleans, USA).

Following a compilation of year-end charts, FAI members will vote to determine the 2019 Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, which are announced and presented during the IFMAs.

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Appleseed Recordings Celebrates 21 Anniversary with ‘Roots and Branches’ Set

Appleseed Recordings is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a monumental 57-song compilation that illustrates some of the most important matters of our time: gun violence, the opioid epidemic, dark money in politics, criminal justice reform, weaponized misinformation, injustice at the U.S. southern border and much more.

The 3-CD Roots and Branches features contributions from singer-songwriters, blues and rock musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Tim Robbins, John Wesley Harding, Tom Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester, Pete Seeger and Jackson Browne.

Since its foundation in 1997, Appleseed has lent its voice to significant issue: protesting Apartheid in South Africa and the Iraq War, fighting for peace in Northern Ireland and marriage equality in the United States and much more. As Tom Morello says in the album’s liner notes, “a musician’s responsibility is a simple one, and that is, through your music, to tell the truth.”

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