Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Songwriters Concert May 10

Pompanuck Farm Presents Songwriters Exchange May 10th

(White Creek, NY) Pompanuck Farm is presenting a monthly songwriters exchange on Sunday, April 5th at 6:30 pm. Hosted by Scott Carrino and Deena Chappell Smith, this month’s event will showcase young songwriters, Tim Blair and Paul Brotchie.

Born and raised in Arlington, VT. Tim Blair started doing gigs in high school playing guitar in a rock and roll band. He was introduced to Bluegrass at college in Burlington and took up playing the banjo and mandolin as well as performing in coffeehouses, bars and writing and recording his first original tunes. Over the past thirty years, he has collaborated with many musical friends in many bands, gigs and festivals. He has recorded 4 CD's along the path and currently working on the 5th. He has taught a mandolin workshop for 7 years at the Winterhawk Bluegrass festival and has a web site that is free and designed to help beginner and intermediate players. He can also be seen on you tube-timblairmusic.

Paul Brotchie writes, sings and plays songs from his head, his heart and his feet. He pounces on themes of social relevance, croons of love and loss and drives rhythms through the genres of folk, rock, rhythm and blues and country. He is a guitarist. He studied jazz with renowned teacher Charlie Banacos and he sits in on a variety of other instruments. He has performed for President Clinton and has shared the stage with such notables as Don Henley, Crosby Stills and Nash, Carly Simon, Peter Paul and Mary and others. He is from Boston and currently homesteading a patch of land in southern Vermont.

The artists will share original material with the audience and then discuss their songwriting process in an open forum setting. Audience members and the songwriters are encouraged to participate in a lively, in-depth conversation about the creative process of forming original music.

There will be an $8 charge for audience members and $5 for students. Desserts, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

Please contact Scott Carrino or Deena Chappell Smith if you'd like to sign up as a performer for future Exchanges.

Please visit for more information and other events, as well as, directions to Pompanuck Farm 494 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816 518.677.5552

This program is sponsored by Pompanuck Farm Institute, a not‑for‑profit educational retreat center dedicated to sustainable community and individual potential through the visual, musical, movement, environmental, and healing arts.

Additional information about the hosts:

Scott Carrino: Scott spent his early years listening to and singing along with the radio and "playing" percussion on whatever surface that he had nearby. Scott started writing songs the moment he picked up a guitar at age seventeen. Often, in those early days when he attempted to learn a favorite song, a heartfelt song of his own would emerge. He has surrendered to the process and knows that songs will come through him when he is open and able to hear them. Scott continues to play percussion any chance he can and was a founding member of "Conundrum" a local percussion ensemble made up of drumming friends and their drums and a very popular local jam band in the 1990's.

Deena Chappell Smith: Born into a family of musicians, Deena Chappell Smith has been performing professionally since the age of fourteen. Her vast musical background includes performances in Bluegrass, Rock and Roll, Folk, Swing and Jazz. Deena was also the co-creator of the popular “Musical Chairs” children’s program where she has led countless children of all ages and backgrounds through the songwriting and recording process. However, her career as a singer/songwriter is just beginning. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Goddard College where she is creating a body of music that reflects her understanding of and experience with the ‘voices’ of archetypal theory.

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