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Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Written by Chuck Williams

2nd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Finals - Congratulations to Kirsten Maxwell!

A great night of music occured at the former Stone Soup Coffeehouse location in Pawtucket. 


The EVENING started out with our Special Guest, Mark Cutler,  showing why he has been the frontman of many groups over the years and a recent inductee to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.  Mark set the bar for our four performing songwriter contest finalists - Lenny Solomon, Allison Giuliano, Kirsten Maxwell and PJ Rogue.  Each of the finalists performed the 2 songs that were submitted and had the opportunity to show how their instrument and vocals, when paired with songwriting skills, can move a roomful of attentive listeners.


All of the finalists did their very best, but one had to be chosen!  Congratulations to Kirsten Maxwell!  Kirsten's award is an 'opening' spot on next seasons Stone Soup Coffee House schedule.

We'd like to thank Stone Soup Coffee House for their partnership on this event the past two years and into the future!  We'd like to thank Rick Wahlberg as the host of the evening and Mary Anne Rossoni as the MC for the performing songwriter contest. Additionally we'd like to thank Nick Noble (WICN), John Mailloux (Bongo Beach Productions) and David Correia (Celebrations Sound) for the judging.  Overall this event involved 50+ RISA members and our Stone Soup volunteers. It truly does take a village...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:45 )
PSC Poster
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Monday, 04 May 2015
Written by Chuck Williams


Last Updated ( Monday, 04 May 2015 10:40 )
Performing Songwriters Contest - Finals
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Monday, 04 May 2015
Written by Chuck Williams


Friday, May 22, 2015

2nd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Finals - Special Guest  Mark Cutler

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7 pm

Tickets are $10 at the door!

Stone Soup Coffeehouse, St. John's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI.


 Ellen Fingeret at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (401-353-4168)

 Chuck Williams at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (508-335-0055)


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) is holding its 2nd annual Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist Concert on May 22nd at Stone Soup Coffee House, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pawtucket.

30 RISA members submitted original songs in the competition which were judged by a panel of professionals: David Correia of Celebration Sound in Greater Providence, John Mailloux of Bongo Beach Productions of Westport, MA and Nick Noble of WICN in Worcester, MA.  


Four songwriters were selected to perform at the Finalist concert:  

  • Allison Guiliano, North Smithfield, RI
  • Lenny Solomon, Cambridge, MA,
  • Kristen Maxwell, Huntington, NY
  • Paul Rogeshewski (PJ Rogue), Hudson, MA.

Local artist and recent Rhode Island Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler, will perform a solo set followed by each finalist who will perform their 2 submitted songs. Mark Cutler is a recording artist and singer- songwriter from Providence, RI. He has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Schemers, The Raindogs and  Dino Club.


Judges and audience will select a winner at the concert who will be awarded an opening slot at a 2016 Stone Soup Show to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the show will start at 7:00pm. 
Please note the venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI 02860


Last Updated ( Monday, 04 May 2015 10:32 )
2015 RISA Performing Songwriter Competition
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Friday, 13 February 2015
Written by Chuck Williams





Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriters Contest


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA), in collaboration with the Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, is sponsoring the 2015 Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage the proficiency in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration by industry professional judges. Three finalists will be selected to perform their songs live on May 9,  2015 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket RI. The songs may be from any genre of music, and will be performed by the original songwriter, performing the songs in a solo manner.


The winner will receive a compensated opening appearance at Stone Soup Coffeehouse during the 2015-2016 Season. Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents the finest up and coming and well known folk, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass and traditional musicians touring today. This is a great opportunity to open for a name act and have your music heard in a well respected venue, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.


The Rules


  1. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Each song will be submitted via a MP3 format performance by the songwriter, along with a lyrics sheet in MS Word Document format for each song. The Lyrics sheets must include the authors name and address, daytime phone number, and email contact information. Because this is a Performing Songwriter Contest, it is strongly encouraged that the recording highlight the performer in a solo performance, without a lot of additional instrumentation.
  2. The competition will be limited to solo performing songwriters, performing their own material. If more than one person is credited with the writing of the song only one of them may present the song, and only the entrant will be awarded the prize.
  3. Songwriters who have been signed to a bona fide record label are not eligible for the competition. Performing Songwriters who have released of a self produced CD which is not affiliated with a bona fide record label is allowed.
  4. Three independent music industry professionals will be the Judges to review the songs and select the top three entrants.
  5. Finals – Finalist must be able to appear at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse for the finals competition on May 9, 2015. All contestants entering the finals will be judged on their performance skills, stage presence and songwriting ability based upon their performance of their two songs on the evening of the Finals at Stone Soup Coffeehouse, preceding the Stone Soup Concert. Contestants will perform solo, without supporting musicians or vocalists.
  6. The winner of the competition will be booked for a compensated opening slot in the Stone Soup Coffeehouse 2015-2016 season.
  7. The contest is open to all members of RISA for free. Non members of RISA may enter the contest with a $25.00 entry fee, which includes an individual membership in RISA.
  8. RISA members may submit their entry form along with mp3 and document attachments via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non RISA members may submit a CD containing mp3s and documents along with their entry form and a check for $25.00 for entry and a one year RISA membership made out to RISA via mail no later than 12:00 Midnight March 15, 2015 to:


RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

C/O Joanne Lurgio

PO Box 9246

Warwick, RI 02889

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 February 2015 16:25 )
RISA Semi-Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Friday, 13 February 2015
Written by Chuck Williams



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