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Collaboration Workshop
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Thursday, 05 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

Collaboration Workshop 

Collaborate to Elevate your writing to the next level.

Co-Writing, the art of playing well with others.

Have you ever wondered why today's big hit songs usually have two or more writers? There are so many benefits to creative collaboration!

This hands-on, collaborative workshop will delve into the world of Co-writing, it's many benefits, how to successfully navigate the etiquette of the writing room and avoid potential pitfalls.  You will learn how co-writing will enable you to take your songs to places that you could not have reached on your own and come away with a new array of tools for your Songwriter Toolbox.

Dawn Kenney is an award winning singer/songwriter and has had much success with co-writing. In 2016 she had multiple songs on the charts, a #1 and 3 songs in the top 20 (all of them co-writes) on the Roots Music Report and Bluegrass Today Charts. Dawn spends a great deal of time writing with other songwriters & artists .. an important craft to learn and is eager to give us her insight on the subject .. the who, how, whys!

CONFIRM YOUR SEAT, email Joanne Lurgio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 12:43 )
RISA Semi Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Thursday, 06 October 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:54 )
Marjorie Thompson Workshop Series
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Thursday, 01 September 2016
Written by Chuck Williams


3rd Annual Performing Songwriter Contest
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Results - 
Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni


This evening started with a palpable level of excitement in the air!  As the house began to fill our three finalists were in the green room swapping stories of their musical travels.  Robinson Treacher, Lisa Bastoni and Seamus Galligan were on deck for the finals of the RISA Performing Songwriter as they were to open for headliner Tret Furey. 

Each of the finalists performed the 2 songs that were submitted and had the opportunity to show how their instrument, vocals and stage presence paired up with their songwriting skills to move a roomful of attentive listeners. I can tell you that they did just that with some wonderful songs.


All of the finalists did their very best, but one had to be chosen!  Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni!  Lisa's award is an 'opening' spot on next seasons Stone Soup Coffee House schedule.  Tret said, "You all performed beautifully. It was really hard to pick just one!"

We would like to thank Stone Soup Coffee House for their partnership on this event the past three years.  We'd also like to thank Rick Wahlberg as the host of the evening and Chuck Williams as the MC for the performing songwriter contest. Additionally we'd like to thank our judging committee members as well as Tret Furey for being the finals judge!  Overall this event involved 60 RISA members and Stone Soup volunteers. It truly does take a village...

More of Lisa's work can be accessed at http://lisabastoni.com/

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:14 )
3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Finals
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Monday, 18 April 2016
Written by Chuck Williams


3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Finals 

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7 pm

Tickets are $18 at the door!

Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI

Headliner: Tret Fure


 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 3rd annual Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist Concert on May 14th at Stone Soup Coffee House within the historic Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI.   RISA members submitted original songs in the competition which were judged based on vocal performance, instrument performance, melody and lyrics. Stone Soup Coffeehouse has been partnering with RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters’ Association) in sponsoring the songwriting contest.  Finalists will take the stage prior to Tret Fure’s performance.

“Tret Fure opens both heart and mind and gives herself over to the music,… addressing where we have come to in life, and where we are going--gathering our loved ones around us all along the route....” (written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Roberta B. Schwartz) 


Three songwriters were selected to perform at the Finalist concert:  

  • Robinson Treacher, Oceanside, NY
  • Seamus Galligan, Fairhaven, MA
  • Lisa Bastoni,  Watertown, MA

    Honorable Mention:
    Rupert Wates, New York, NY
    Erika Kulnys, Lower Cornwal, Nova Scotia

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

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries are available for purchase before each show and during intermission.

Please note the Stone Soup Coffeehouse venue is in Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 April 2016 07:51 )

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