Young songwriting contest at the Osprey on May 22

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On Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 PM, the Shelburne County Arts Council presents its first Youth Songwriting Contest at the Osprey Arts Centre. Youth 25 and under were eligible to enter the contest and compete for cash prizes.

Young people from Lockeport and Shelburne have been chosen to compete in an Idol-like setting with three judges (all singers from the county themselves) to evaluate the performers and give them helpful feedback. They will award first, second and third prizes. There will also be a people’s choice award.

Peter Healy, singer and retired teacher at Shelburne High will put produce the show with the young people, helping them to get ready to do their best under the lights on May 22nd. Some of the singers are seasoned performers; others are new at the game, only singing for family and friends. All have written their own songs, both music and lyrics. Ages range from 8 to 22.

The evening will be recorded by Alex Buchanan, who is finishing a course at NSCC in Sound Recording. Each participant will receive a CD of the show. A number of young people have entered a contest for the design of the cover for this CD. The audience will vote on the best cover design.

Among the singers will be Catlin Perry, Ashley Stuart, Natalie Lynn, Tiffany Latham, Rian Childs, Jennifer Bell, Steve Elliott and Alex Buchanan. The MC for the evening will be SRHS student Colin Walsh.

Audience, young and old will be there to support their favorites and hear the next generation of Shelburne County’s musicians. Tickets are $10, $5 for youth. They are available at the Whirligig Bookshop, 875 1117 or at the door. Call early to reserve your table.

Organizations: Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne County Arts Council, Whirligig Bookshop

Geographic location: Shelburne County, Lockeport

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