L to R: Hannah Carriker, Amour Carriker, Lillian Hill, Kelby Vass, Riley Amanda, London Reilly, Blakelee Pugh, & Autie Rich — Kids’ Songwriting Contest Awards Announcement, 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018

Woodyfest 2018: Youth Songwriting /​ Showcase Competition

Winners Announced

Innaugural Contest Winners

Woodyfest held [Sidenote: Part twenty-six of our ongo­ing cov­er­age of Woodyfest 21 (2018) fea­tures the festival’s very first WoodyFest Youth Songwriting/​Showcase Competition win­ners.] its innau­gural Woodyfest Youth Songwriting/​Showcase Competition in . The show­case fea­tured per­form­ers age six­teen or younger. Master of Ceremonies and reg­u­lar Woodyfest per­former Lauren Lee announced the win­ners dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony on from the Hen House stage.

Third prize went to Autie Rich for her cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Minor Key.” Kelby Vass took sec­ond prize for his cover of the James Taylor clas­sic “Fire and Rain.” First place win­ner Riley Amanda played her orig­i­nal song “Rich and Poor.”

Each of the win­ners received cash and other prizes pro­vided by local spon­sors. Additionally the first place win­ner received a VIP pass to the Pastures of Plenty on , where Ms. Riley show­cased her win­ning song. The other five con­tes­tants were Hannah Carriker, Amour Carriker, Lillian Hill, London Reilly, and Blakelee Pugh.

The show­case was orig­i­nally con­ceived as a song­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Organizers decided to allow cover songs to give more kids an oppor­tu­nity to play in front of an audi­ence. The com­pe­ti­tion is part of “Woody’s Kids,” a youth-focused pro­gram enter­ing its third year. The pro­gram also fea­tures song­writ­ing work­shops; the work­shops will dou­ble from two to four.

Gallery: Youth Songwriting & Showcase Competition


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