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Second round of songwriters fill Oxford Capital Theatre with talent


Published on August 14, 2017

Amherst’s Kent Beattie landed a third-place finish with his song Home in the second installment of the Songwriters Workshop. The contest will conclude this coming Aug. 19, at Amherst-establishment Teasers Pub & Eatery, beginning at 2 p.m.

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The second installment of the Songwriters Workshop was an afternoon of creative minds and critique, finding the best of the region’s storytellers and songwriters getting advice and tips towards their future.

Hosted at Oxford’s Capitol Theatre Aug. 12, songwriters from across Cumberland County to enter their finest examples and even take the stage for solo performances to be judged by a panel of well-known musicians: Amherst’s Davey Lee Goode and Lisette Sumbu, Michael Thor Lengies who splits his time between Springhill and Joggins, and Parrsboro’s Rob Bentley.

Approximately a dozen submissions were showcased and offered constructive input from the panel of judges before determining the top three.

The Continuance’s Trevor Robichaud was handed top accolades, with Deirdre Green taking second and Kent Beattie being awarded third.

Robichaud’s submission will no go into the finals of the workshop-contest. Joining him will be a trio from the Aug. 10 workshop. Springhill’s Andrew and Marg Lloyd shared the first-place qualifier with Parrsboro’s Carl Cameron after the night’s panelists scored the submissions a tie.

On Aug. 19, the event moves to Teazers stage in Amherst another round of submissions will be considered before a final winner is declared.

Grand prizes for the songwriters’ workshop include studio time at the Groove Factory in Amherst and CFTA 107.9’s studio, a music video and cash-prizes.

The Songwriters Workshop is sponsored by a Canada 150 grant and supported by CANSA, Scotia Heritage Productions, the Groove Factory, Oxford Capitol Theatre, The Hall, Teasers Pub & Eatery, Supprt4Culture, CICR, CFTA and the Amherst Music Centre.