Grand Prize Winners:
1st Prize – Jordan Renzi, “A Bird That I Knew”
2nd Prize – Kevin Hale, “Are There Hillbilly Bands in Heaven”
3rd Prize – Digney Fignus, “What Kind Of Fool”
Judge’s Choice Winner (Jon Evans) – Siren Mayhew, “Mars”
Judge’s Choice Winner (Sarah Swain) – Caroline Brennan, “Kind of Man”
Judge’s Choice Winner (Barbara Dacey) – Nate D’Angelo, “Sore Loser”
Director’s Choice Winner (Monica Rizzio) – Emily Celia, “Snowflake”
Thank you to everyone who made this year such an amazing success!
Songwriting 2017 Finalists Announced!
Ralph Diamond – “Lost and Found”
Brit Lay – “Once And For All”
Jamie Bierut – “He Loves Her”
Kate Oster – “The Hunt”
David Thibodeau – “Back to Bonaire”
Age 16 & Under:
Emily Celia – “Snowflake”
Zoe McNamara -“Too Far To Turn Around”
Caitlyn Reen – “Good Enough”
Jordan Renzi – “A Bird That I Knew”
Nate D’Angelo – “Sore Loser, Bad Winter”
Ashley Bilodeau – “Sailor”
Jackson Gillman – “Horse Of The River”
John & Jo-Anne Keenan “Nature’s Outside Your Door”
Jackson Gillman – “I Am Growing”
Kevin T. Hale – “Are There Hillbilly Bands in Heaven”
Digney Fignus – “What Kind of Fool”
Caroline Brennan – “Kind Of Man”
Kami Lyle/Joey Spampinato – “Japan”
Dillon Stankowitz – “Pictures To Prove It”
Martha Bourne – “Shooting Star”
Grace Morrison – “America”
Bella King – “Six”
Ed McGuirl – “Yesterday Was Not Too Soon”
George Gritzbach – “ The Chase”
George Gritzbach – “Meant To Be”
Martha Bourne – “Telling Stories”
WMVY Choice (Barbara Dacey) – opportunity to interview with Alison Hammond on mvyradio “Local MusiCafe” and the opportunity to play on “The Hot Seat” (go to WMVY studio and record an hour long program, with music of your choosing, to air on a Monday night at 9pm.)
Judge’s Choice (Sarah Swain) – opportunity to perform at Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival on Sunday, May 13, 2017 (*female songwriters only)
Director’s Choice (Monica Rizzio) – opportunity to perform at Vinegrass Music Festival in October, 2017.
Eventide Arts is a 501(c)3 independent organization that presents plays, concerts, lectures, and mixed media events to promote the understanding of social diversity, music, dance, and the art of playwriting and songwriting.
Meet our Director and Judges!
MONICA RIZZIO (Director) Every now and again you can pick up on the East Texas drawl in Monica Rizzio’s voice. Most people assume that she was raised in New England based on the melodic arrangements and harmonies she has produced as the former Tripping Lily front woman. She has left behind the acoustic, condenser mic style and has brought her East Texas roots up North for her debut album, fittingly named, “Washashore Cowgirl”. After leaving the band in 2013, she purchased a 1956 Martin O-18, named it Bo, and plugged in. Much of the album is like a stiff cocktail, deeply auto-biographical and mixed with a hint of fiction.
Monica has become one of the most reliable supporting acts as well, having shared the stage with Chris Botti, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joan Osborne, and Slaid Cleaves this past year. She has played the Main Stage at Strawberry Park Bluegrass festival the past two years and is a frequent collaborator with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. In December of 2014, she performed as part of Tom Rush’s band at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston. She played fiddle, guitar, ukulele and sang backups as well as performing her originals “Luckier Than You” & “Willie Nelson” with Red Molly backing her up.
Rizzio is a founder and co-owner of the roots-based music school, West Bend Music, providing all-ages private instruction. In 2014 she founded and launched Vinegrass, a non-profit music production company, that raises money for scholarships, instruments, and grants through concerts and an annual roots-music festival. www.monicarizzio.com
JON EVANS (Judge) has been part of the bay area music scene since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1991. Just coming off the Sarah McLachalan -Shine On Tour 2014, he has also recorded and toured with such notable performers as Tori Amos, Cher, Linda Perry, Third Eye Blind, Elton John, Vanessa Carleton, Paula Cole, and Alex Digrassi, he has established himself as a flexible and accomplished engineer/producer/arranger.
In winter 2000, Jon decided to build what is now San Pablo Recorders. From the ground up, it is an intimate space designed to make artist, local and national, feel focused. In 2012 he relocated his studio to Orleans, MA and continues to make records for a wide range of artists as well as compose music for national commercials, major video games and NPR. www.jonevansmusic.com
SARAH SWAIN (Judge) More than a singer/songwriter, Sarah sets herself apart by leaving in the rough edges – discovering country and roots music without throwing away her Replacements albums.
Sarah quit playing the flute in the marching band and picked up a guitar at the age of 15 and started writing music almost immediately. Over the past 15 years she has traveled all over the US and UK playing her original music. Sarah has been a member of Boston area bands The Sallies, Professor Gascan, Vein and The Spike Emerson Society. She was also in a band in LA that she will never admit to. Ever. www.sarahswainmusic.com
BARBARA DACEY (Judge) Barbara began her radio career in 1985 when she started working as a part-time disc jockey at WMVY on Martha’s Vineyard. She became Music Director in 1988, was Program Director from 1993 until 2005 and is currently Director of Worldwide Programming and mid-day air talent at the station.
Many musicians including Carly Simon, Lou Reed, David Gray, Billy Joel, Judy Collins, T-Bone Burnett, John Mayer, and Lucinda Williams have sat across from Barbara for an interview. She was the recipient of the 1999 Gavin Triple A award for Program Director/Operations Manager.
Before her start in radio, Barbara lived in Harvard Square and worked as a singer-songwriter. In addition to recording and playing in clubs and coffeehouses, she wrote and performed music for top Boston choreographers including Dawn Kramer, Beth Soll, Martha Armstrong-Gray and Ruth Birnberg.
VINEGRASS ORGANIZATION (vinegrass.org) is a non-profit music company, that produces concerts, camps, and workshops, in order to raise money for our charitable mission. The mission is to provide scholarships to students pursuing Roots & Rhythm instruments in an accredited 4year music program. In addition to the scholarships, we will subsidize camps and instruments to younger students in need, and give an annual grant to an artist or band in the Rhythm & Roots genre.
Founded by Monica Rizzio (Frontwoman for the band Tripping Lily and Old Kings Highway) and her husband Pete Fasano in August of 2013, Vinegrass is a lifelong dream for Monica to give back to those who have helped her become a professional musician. Based on the shores of Cape Cod, Vinegrass is inviting the Roots & Rhythm world into our little mecca, full of artists, musicians, and fisherman.
CAPE COD WOMENS MUSIC FESTIVAL (capecodwomensmusicfestival.com) Proceeds from the Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival benefit the Cape Wellness Collaborative: A non-profit that connects people facing cancer with integrative therapies such as massage, nutritional counseling, reiki and energy work, acupuncture, yoga and chiropractic.
These therapies have been shown to go a long way in helping to reduce anxiety, provide comfort and improve the quality of life for those undergoing cancer treatment. The goal of the Collaborative is to make these services – and the wellness practitioners who provide them – more accessible to cancer patients in the local community.
WMVY RADIO (www.mvyradio.com) The mvyradio mission is to present new and well loved music in a distinctive sound, inspired by a love for Martha’s Vineyard and a worldwide community of uncommon enthusiasm for music artistry, intelligence, and independence. Drawn from rock, alternative, singer/songwriter, blues, and roots – their music is connected by substance and quality, accessibility and craftsmanship.
Eventide Theatre Company wishes to thank the following:
Terry Duenas and all of the staff and volunteers at Cape Cod Media Center. Massachusetts Cultural Council, South Shore Playhouse, Sally Stratman for her donation of wine. Harvest Gallery & Wine Bar, Scargo Cafe, Chapins, Sunbird, Charlie’s Music, Jack’s Drum Shop, Main Street Music, Encore, The Red Nun, Etzy’s Wine Bar, Buckie’s Biscotti and Gerardi’s for their donations of gift certificates.
All our Supporters whose dollars continue to support our efforts significantly…
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brewster, Dennis & Sandwich Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.