Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Singer/Songwriters Night !

Pompanuck Farm is presenting a monthly songwriters exchange on Sunday, January 17th at 5 - 7 pm. Hosted by Scott Carrino and Deena Chappell Smith, this month’s event will showcase singer/songwriter Gary Moon. Gary hails from Lake George, in upstate New York, who began his musical career at venues in the Lake George region performing the songs of popular artists of the singer-songwriter genre as diverse as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jim Croce and Arlo Guthrie, all the while sharpening his own writing style and drawing on these influences to craft his own original compositional style. In 2005, Gary released “Orion”, his first CD of original material. In 2006, Gary was a finalist in the Solarfest songwriting competition held in in Tinmouth, VT. Currently, Gary is working on a second CD project.

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.

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.

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.

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