The Gordie Sampson Songcamp will wrap up Thursday, July 12 with two performances at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish.
Now in its third year, Songcamp’s impact is really starting to be seen. It’s been a stellar year for the songwriters who have been involved – successful industry showcases, recording deals, record releases, and award nominations. Many of the songwriters have continued to collaborate, often writing and performing together.
Sampson and fellow instructors Steven MacDougall and Carleton Stone worked with 16 young songwriters this year over five days, coaching them in the art of co-writing songs. Returning writers Dylan Guthro, Breagh Mackinnon, Dave Sampson, Elijah Wohlsmuth, Natalie Lynn, Evan Meisner, Molly Thomason, Mo Kenney, Barb Cameron, and Brandon Johnson were joined by six new writers-Laura Roy, Seamus Erskine, Willie Stratton, Dana Beeler, Kyle Mischiek, and Samia Nassim. The songwriters will gather for a public concert where they will perform and talk about the songs they’ve written together.
This year will see two Songcamp performances on July 12, both held in the beautiful Ceilidh Hall at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton. The first is a family/all ages show at 6:30PM, which will be followed by a second show at 9:00PM. Tickets are available at Doucette’s Variety in Ingonish (902) 285-2861. Tickets are $10 for youth (under 19) and $20 for adults. All proceeds will benefit The Gordie Sampson Songcamp and the Ski Cape Smokey Society.
The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is made possible by the generous support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; SOCAN; SOCAN Foundation; and Music Nova Scotia.