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Marcella Simien at the Folk Alliance BAA Private Showcase

The 2012 International Folk Alliance was a tremendous success for all those that attended. BAA hosted a private showcase room and we were thrilled with the artists that shared their music and their stories and the number of fans that made their way to the four day event. The Alliance Showcase featured artists from around the world that played Official Showcase Performances as well as private showcase venues for the purpose of meeting booking agents, print media, radio, record companies as well as fans. 

BAA wrapped up Friday with a series of wonderful guest artists and a packed room. 

Starting off the evening was Marcella René Simien, currently living and working in Memphis and is attending Memphis College of Art. Accordian player and vocalist, Simien performed her own brand of "Swamp Romp." Her set was full of energy, power and cajun flair. Marcella who performs with other bands when not doing her solo act is also currently working on an upcoming project.

Following Marcella was Official Showcase Performer, 22-year old singer/songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, hailing from Hunter River, Canada. Blanchard played her original tunes and shared her warm smile and fun personality. Meaghan played songs off her second album, "Chasin' Lonely Again", which recently won five Music PEI awards and her first ECMA win for "Country Recording of the Year". Her music is available on itunes and she appears on the Sandbar Music label.

Rounding out the evening was Canadian, Owen Dacombe Steel. A review was written about Steel that summed his music perfectly, "Owen Steel has that charisma that makes people instant fans. He's all about the music, and his enthusiasm and honesty draws you in. Steel has a direct connection to nature and his surroundings, and feeds the audience his view of the country and life. Best of all, it's a fun, honest and real viewpoint, backed by catchy roots sounds." - Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio & Author