Songwriter's Showcase Success

Perfect weather Thursday night graced the crowd gathered to participate in the Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s 11th annual Local Songwriters Showcase. Ten contestants gathered to share their songwriting and passion for music with the attentive crowd and judges.

Songwriter 2015 participants

Participants hale from each corner of the event’s borders: Bowmanville to Peterborough to Napanee. This year's songwriters were Brian Hall, Cale Crowe, Cedarail, Cheryl Casselman, Chris Devlin, Dimitri Paptheodorou, Ellen Torrie, Melodi Ryan, Reid McDonald, and Tim Sheffield (click photos to enlarge).


The three official judges were past showcase winner Andrew MackGeorge Lee previously of George’s Guitars, and radio talent York Bell Smith, pictured with Interim Artistic DirectorLesley Marie Boileau. The audience was also invited to participate in the judging.

Each contestant shared two of their original songs with the crowd. The pieces were judged based on originality, lyrics, melody, and presentation. It was a difficult decision, but the three finalists were selected to participate at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival this coming Labour Day Weekend September 4th-6th. A hearty congratulations to the three finalists:

Cale Crowe Cheryl Casselman Ellen Torrie
Cale Crowe Cheryl Cassleman Ellen Torrie
from Alderville from Castleton from Cobourg

David Sheffield

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, including Shelter Valley’s amazing volunteers, Cobourg's DBIA, emcee David Sheffield (pictured right), and our panel of judges.

Tickets are on sale now for Shelter Valley Folk Festival via our website or by calling the office at 905-349-2788.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is an arts organization and registered charity based in Northumberland County presenting a Labour Day Weekend festival, an Artists in the Schools program, and a community concert series, along with other year-round activities. Shelter Valley Folk Festival recognizes the support in 2015 of Canada Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.

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