SCOTT PHILLIPS has just returned from a successful showcase at the canadian country music awards… during the awards ceremony BRUCE GUTHRO was named wrangler rising star . . . GORDIE SAMPSON will launch his new cd on hallowe’en at the bicentennial gym…SLAINTE MHATH will also perform . . . DONNIE CAMPBELL celebrates 25 years hosting celtic serenade in october . . . GOBBLEFEST V is set for the weekend of october 9,10,11…among those performing over the three day festival are locals BEMUS TUN, BOTTLEROCKET, ANDREA CURRY, LACHIE MACDONALD, SPINCYCLE SQUARED, BRAVURA, TILTED, THE $ELLOUT$, 77 IMPALA SPECIAL, ROOM 217, NO COMPLY as well as halifax’s SHYNE FACTORY, NEGATIVE TREND, EQUATION OF STATE and SOUP, LIZ BAND and GEARBOX from newfoundland and ROSEBUDDY of montreal . . . SMERE, past music spirit east winners, have finished mixing their first full length cd at lakewind sound studios and expect to get it mastered and released within the next 2 months… “pop/rock/alternative, bordering on metal” is how bassist LLOYD HUSSEY describes the music on their self-financed debut . . . MOIRA ROSS debuted a new book bairncroft home, tracing the history of the “cape breton protestant home for orphaned and neglected children” from 1917 until the early 70’s, recently at christ church hall on an afternoon that also saw the launch of LEROY PEACH‘s inlets of the heart at the mcconnell library…peach’s latest book of poems is published by uccb press . . . SUMMERTIME REVUE cast member JULIE MARTELL has been in the studio lately…she’s been working on a demo at lakewind sound studios point aconi…legendary rocker MATT MINGLEWOOD has also been over at lakewind lately working on a new album which is expected by winter . . . glace bay band MR. CROWES’ GARDEN is working on some material at overtom studio…since winning a battle of the bands at glace bay high two years ago, the band has been playing locals clubs and have showcased at makin music ’98 . . . and watch for our own man on the street CHARLIE SEWARD to appear on an upcoming episode of cbc tv’s on the road again with wayne rostad.