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Marjorie Thompson Workshop Series
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Thursday, 01 September 2016
Written by Chuck Williams


3rd Annual Performing Songwriter Contest
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Results - 
Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni


This evening started with a palpable level of excitement in the air!  As the house began to fill our three finalists were in the green room swapping stories of their musical travels.  Robinson Treacher, Lisa Bastoni and Seamus Galligan were on deck for the finals of the RISA Performing Songwriter as they were to open for headliner Tret Furey. 

Each of the finalists performed the 2 songs that were submitted and had the opportunity to show how their instrument, vocals and stage presence paired up with their songwriting skills to move a roomful of attentive listeners. I can tell you that they did just that with some wonderful songs.


All of the finalists did their very best, but one had to be chosen!  Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni!  Lisa's award is an 'opening' spot on next seasons Stone Soup Coffee House schedule.  Tret said, "You all performed beautifully. It was really hard to pick just one!"

We would like to thank Stone Soup Coffee House for their partnership on this event the past three years.  We'd also like to thank Rick Wahlberg as the host of the evening and Chuck Williams as the MC for the performing songwriter contest. Additionally we'd like to thank our judging committee members as well as Tret Furey for being the finals judge!  Overall this event involved 60 RISA members and Stone Soup volunteers. It truly does take a village...

More of Lisa's work can be accessed at http://lisabastoni.com/

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:14 )
3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Finals
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Monday, 18 April 2016
Written by Chuck Williams


3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Finals 

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7 pm

Tickets are $18 at the door!

Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI

Headliner: Tret Fure


 Ellen Fingeret at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (401-353-4168)

 Chuck Williams at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    (508-335-0055)

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) is holding its 3rd annual Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist Concert on May 14th at Stone Soup Coffee House within the historic Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI.   RISA members submitted original songs in the competition which were judged based on vocal performance, instrument performance, melody and lyrics. Stone Soup Coffeehouse has been partnering with RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters’ Association) in sponsoring the songwriting contest.  Finalists will take the stage prior to Tret Fure’s performance.

“Tret Fure opens both heart and mind and gives herself over to the music,… addressing where we have come to in life, and where we are going--gathering our loved ones around us all along the route....” (written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Roberta B. Schwartz) 


Three songwriters were selected to perform at the Finalist concert:  

  • Robinson Treacher, Oceanside, NY
  • Seamus Galligan, Fairhaven, MA
  • Lisa Bastoni,  Watertown, MA

    Honorable Mention:
    Rupert Wates, New York, NY
    Erika Kulnys, Lower Cornwal, Nova Scotia

Judges and audience will select a winner at the concert   The winner will be awarded an opening slot at a 2016 Stone Soup Show to be announced.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries are available for purchase before each show and during intermission.

Please note the Stone Soup Coffeehouse venue is in Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 April 2016 07:51 )
2016 RISA Performing Songwriter Competition
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Written by Chuck Williams




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Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriters Contest


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA), in collaboration with the Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, is sponsoring the 2016 Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage the proficiency in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Three finalists will be selected to perform their songs live on May 14, 2016 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket RI.  (Tret Fure will be the headliner) The songs may be from any genre of music, and will be performed by the original songwriter, performing the songs in a solo manner.


The winner will receive a compensated opening appearance at Stone Soup Coffeehouse during the 2016-2017 Season. Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents the finest up and coming and well known folk, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass and traditional musicians touring today. This is a great opportunity to open for a name act and have your music heard in a well respected venue, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.


The Rules


  1. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Each song will be submitted via a MP3 format performance by the songwriter, along with a lyrics sheet in MS Word Document format for each song. The Lyrics sheets must include the authors name and address, daytime phone number, and email contact information. Because this is a Performing Songwriter Contest, it is strongly encouraged that the recording highlight the performer in a solo performance, without a lot of additional instrumentation.
  2. The competition will be limited to solo performing songwriters, performing their own material. If more than one person is credited with the writing of the song only one of them may present the song, and only the entrant will be awarded the prize.
  3. Songwriters who have been signed to a bona fide record label are not eligible for the competition. Performing Songwriters who have released a self-produced CD which is not affiliated with a bona fide record label are allowed.
  4. Three independent music industry professionals will be the Judges to review the songs and select the top three entrants.
  5. Finals – Finalist must be able to appear at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse for the finals competition on May 14, 2016. All contestants entering the finals will be judged on their performance skills, stage presence and songwriting ability based upon their performance of their two songs on the evening of the Finals at Stone Soup Coffeehouse, preceding the Stone Soup Concert. Contestants will perform solo, without supporting musicians or vocalists.
  6. The winner of the competition will be booked for a compensated opening slot in the Stone Soup Coffeehouse 2016-2017 season.
  7. The contest is open to all members of RISA for free. Non members of RISA may enter the contest with a $25.00 entry fee, which includes an individual membership in RISA.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2016
  8. RISA members may submit their entry form along with mp3 and document attachments via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non RISA members may submit a CD containing mp3s and documents along with their entry form and a check for $25.00 for entry and a one year RISA membership made out to RISA via mail to:


RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

C/O Joanne Lurgio

PO Box 9246

Warwick, RI 02889

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:53 )
RISA Semi-Annual Songwriter Showcase, March 18, 2016
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Written by Chuck Williams
The Rhode Island Songwriters Semi-Annual Showcase has been featuring some of our finest artists over the past few years at Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton. On this occasion we have booked P.J. Rogue 2015l RISA Songwriting Contest Finalist, Betsy Listenfelt, a songwriter who has for 25 years played throughout New England, Diane Battistello an an acoustic folk songwriter that leans toward social issues and Jason Valcourt, a brilliant guitarist that brings life experience to his songs.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:49 )

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