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RISA at PVD Fest!
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Written by Chuck Williams


Marking its third year, Providence's signature cultural celebration showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the Creative Capital through art installations, live music and dance, food, and much, much more.


Providence's world-renowned arts, cultural and culinary communities join forces with artists from across the country and globe to deliver a once in a lifetime experience. The four day PVDFest culminates downtown on Saturday, June 3 with a free, multi-arts take-over of public spaces featuring aerial dancers, a parade, a global food village, world music stars, and the best in local talent.

This Saturday June 3rd RISA will have a stage from 12-4 PM at the PVD Fest.  The RISA Stage is located on Washington St. and Clemence St. right near Lupo's.  Come support the festival and see some fellow members play their music! 

Noon ~ Ray Cooke

12:35 ~ Lisa Couto

1:10 ~ Ed McGuirl

1:45 ~ Lainey Dionne

2:20 ~ Grant Smith Maloy

2:55 ~ Lara Herscovitch

3:30 ~ Dark & Stormy (Rick Demers duo)

4th Annual RISA Songwriting Finals
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Sunday, 21 May 2017
Written by Chuck Williams


                                                                                 RISA Finals

It was a wonderful night of music and community at RISA's 4th Annual Performing Songwriter Concert. Our finalists Carl Cacho, Judy Kass and Kayla Farnham all performed their songs extremely well...it was a difficult task to choose just one...

Kala Farnham's well crafted songs 'The Wise Old Owl' and 'This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and her performance of them gave her the edge to win top honors at this years finals!   Congratulations Kala!   Kala will get a compensated gig next year in the Stone Soup Coffeehouse.

Carl Cacho and Judy Kass also performed admirably in their two song set.  Thanks so much for sharing your music and talent!

Thanks to Rick Wahlberg, Barbara Wahlberg, Joanne Lurgio, the whole Stone Soup Family of Volunteers and headliner David Roth for their support throughout the night.

The above photo was taken during the closing song of David's set where he asked the three finalist to come join him for a singalong song!


Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:33 )
Songwriting Finalists Announced!
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Saturday, 22 April 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

Finalists of the 4th Annual RISA Performing Songwriting Competiton are:

(drum roll please)

Carl Cacho-Negrete of Amesbury, MA his songs 'Bordertown' and 'Slip It Into Drive' .  http://carl-cacho.com/

Kayla Farnham of Pomfret, CT for her songs 'This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and 'The Wise Old Owl'.  http://www.kalafarnham.com/

Judy Kass from Tarrytown, NY for her tunes 'Look At Us Marching Now' and 'One Sure Given'.  https://judykass.com/

The Judges and the RISA Board Of Directors would like to congratulate everyone who entered their work. There were so many well crafted songs. We also want to invite any and all RISA members to come to the Stone Soup Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 20th at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI to support your favorite finalist and headliner David Roth.

See you in Pawtucket! Details are in the link below!



Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 April 2017 19:14 )
Songwriting Competition Top Ten
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Monday, 17 April 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

The 4th Annual Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Competition had 40 entries this year. We are proud to recognize the top ten semi-finalists in the contest.

They are:
Alison Giuliano - RI
Austin MacRae - NY
Carl Cacho-Negrete - MA
Caroline Doctorow - NY
Chris LaVancher - MA
Ed McGuirl - RI
Jan Luby - RI
Judy Kass - NY
Kayla Farnham - CT
Ric Allendorf - MA

Our three performing songwriting finalists will be announced on Saturday April 22nd. Those three finalists will perform at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse on Saturday May 20th. David Roth headlines the show. Congratulations to all who entered, there is a lot of talent within RISA and you are making great music!



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:56 )
2017 RISA Performing Songwriter Competition
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Friday, 06 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

4th Annual Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriters Competition


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA), in collaboration with the Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, is sponsoring the 2017 Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage the proficiency in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Three finalists will be selected to perform their songs live on May 20, 2017 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Slater Mill in Pawtucket RI.  (David Roth will be the headliner)  The songs may be from any genre of music, performed by the original songwriter, showcased as a soloist.  It’s all about the song!


The winner will receive a compensated opening appearance at Stone Soup Coffeehouse during the 2017-2018 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 a self-produced CD which is not affiliated with a bona fide record label are 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 20, 2017. 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 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 2017-2018 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.  Submission Deadline is March 31st. 

  8.  Submission Deadline is March 31st.  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 to:


RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

C/O Joanne Lurgio

PO Box 9246

Warwick, RI 02889



Last Updated ( Monday, 09 January 2017 10:51 )

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