Songwriters Sessions return for 2014

Jan 08, 2014
Last year’s songwriters worked on their material last winter under the leadership of David Dodson, far right.

Camden — This year’s kickoff to the Camden Public Library’s winter Songwriters Sessions is set for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the downtown library. The sessions, led by veteran songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas, take place the third Thursday of the month through May from 6 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room.

Songwriters Sessions are for writers struggling with their songs who would like an appreciative audience to share their music. The sessions will be led by veteran songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas with assistance from Rachel Nicholas.

Dodson is a longtime resident of Camden and a troubadour in a wide variety of musical styles, from rockabilly to folk to novelty songs. He is a favorite performer in the Midcoast. John Nicholas recently moved to the area and has remodeled his home to include a sound studio. John began writing songs in high school and has been honing his craft and writing, performing and recording since then. Although he “does not particularly believe in songwriting contests,” in 2010 he entered his song “America, It’s You” in the Great American Songwriting Contest and was a first runner-up in the folk category.

The Songwriters Sessions are an opportunity to get some positive feedback and perhaps even some harmony or instrumental backup. The suggested donation of $4 will help cover expenses. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call Ken Gross at the library at 236-3440 and let him know you are coming. The dates of this winter’s sessions are Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15 and May 20. Participants may share their work at the Library Coffeehouse Thursday, June 5.

The library’s popular Songswap, an opportunity to share songs in an informal song-circle format, is back as well; the next one is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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