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June 1st RISA NERFA Conference at URI
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) hosted a one day convention of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) on Saturday, June 1, 2013.


The convention brought together regional performers, radio DJs, venue operators, music presenters and producers, festival organizers, agents and others in the regions folk music scene with the objective of showcasing new talent, conducting workshops, panel discussions and providing networking opportunities.


A partnership between RISA, who planned the programming, NERFA, who provided administrative support and the URI Music Department who provided facilities and facility support, the event is part of NERFA’s regional Mini Conference program designed to augment and target select local music communities.


Over 100 attendees from the Northeast U.S. participated in the day’s activities which  included:


Performance showcases:

Ten performers were selected from a field of 75 applicants by judges Barbara Wahlberg (former Stone Soup, Booking), Jane Falvey (WRIU DJ) and Russ Gusetti (Blackstone River Theatre Music Director).  The Showcase performers were:  Sarah Blacker, the Boxcar Lilies, Digging Roots, Josh Joffen, Chrise LaVancher, Joanne Lurgio, Heather Pierson, Heather Styka, Robin O'Herin, and Stefilia's Stone.


In- Depth workshops:

Building your Audience, Using a Producer, How to Get Radio Air Play, Before you Record, "On the Griddle" instant critique session, Mixing and Mastering.   Presenters , Panelists and Judges were: Susan Cattaneo, David Correia, Diane Crowe, Barbara & Graham Dean, Tracey Delfino, Jane Falvey, Loretta Hagen,  Michael Kornfeld, John Mailloux, Nick Noble, and Bob Weiser.

Product Demonstrations- Toys for the Acoustic Musician:


What’s new in Acoustic instruments – Wakefield Music


What’s new in performance technology for the acoustic performer – Guitar Center

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 June 2013 09:59 )
Annual Meeting & Silly Song Fest
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong


April 22nd @ 7 p.m.

Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House


You are cordially invited to the annual RISA members' meeting on Monday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue in Providence.


This year's "business" part of the meeting will be short - a quick overview of exciting RISA News, a review of last year's activities, and the election of next year's RISA Board.

Then we'll have an open mic Silly Song Festival - come share your Silliest Song (two, time permitting).


It will be a great time to meet other RISA members and network! (And snacks will be served.)


Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd!


Your RISA Board Members,


Chuck Williams/President, Jan Luby/Vice President, Joanne
Lurgio/Treasurer and Membership Officer, Barbara Lema/ Secretary, Rick Demers, Daniel Durand, Wyatt Lema, Billy Mitchell, Paul Pasch, Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Wahlberg.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:06 )
Songwriters in the Round
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong

Songwriters in the Round


at Sandywoods!!



7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30) 

$10 Advance / $12 at Door

BYOB & Food Allowed


Six veteran songwriters and performers, all RISA members, gather together for a glorious evening of topflight  original music at the region's most exciting new intimate concert venue.



Mary Ann Rossoni, Louis Leeman,

Tracie Potochnik, Paul Pasch,

Johnny Bothelo & host, Jan Luby



43 Muse Way, Tiverton, Rhode Island


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:06 )
RISA_NEWS Group Listserve, new and improved!
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Written by Billy Mitchell

We have some exciting things happening in the upcoming months such as the new Songwriter Sessions at the Harvest Cafe in Hudson, MA, and the RISA Songwriters Showcase at Sandywoods, both in March, the Jon Vezner Songwriters Workshop in April and the NERFA 1 Day Conference in June that RISA is coordinating!  And....there is so much more to come!


It is for those reasons (and all the NEWS that will follow) that we will be creating a new Listserve on Yahoo called RISA_News. This new listserve will be the official RISA communication vehicle so that the Board and all the Committee Chairs can get the word out to you of what is happening within the association. There will be invites to the new listserve being sent out in the upcoming week to ten days. Once everyone has been sent an invite we will transition to the RISA_News for all posts.


When you recieve the invite, please follow the simple directions to keep in the loop with RISA_News!


The existing listserve known as RISONGWRITERS will still be out there and may change it's name to reflect the Hear In Rhode Island organizations activities as well as general music information.


Thanks for being a member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association! 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 06:42 )
RISA Rising Teen Songwriters Show set for March 24
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Written by Billy Mitchell

Don't miss our next RISA Rising, Teenage Songwriters Show!

It will be a Song Writers Challenge . Three RISA Rising Teen Songwriters and two adult RISA member  Songwriters will have Four weeks to write a song to a common theme.

Each will play 3 original Songs before playing the Challenge Round on Sunday March 24th, 5pm. at Second Stage Studio, 1 Angel Road, Cumberland RI.  Admission is $5.00

RISA Rising Teens are Jason Durand,  Emeline Herried and Hope Columbo

Special RISA adult member guests are Wyatt Lema and Mary Anne Rossoni


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