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The Maine Songwriters Association is a state-wide, non-profit, member organization dedicated to the support of songwriters and their art. The MSA mission is to encourage, recognize, educate, support and promote developing songwriters.

October 28, 2017

On a beautiful October evening in Brunswick, Maine, six finalists in the Maine Songwriters Association 7th Annual Songwriting Contest took to the stage at Frontier to entertain a packed house with their stories and their songs to see which song would be selected as this year’s winning entry.  The six had been selected from a field of 33 entries from Maine’s best song writers, and they were here to perform their songs live in front of an enthusiastic full house and three judges.

The show started off with Jeff Trippe and The Oak Tree’s Song, Sara Trunzo and her song Wishbone, and Tom McKeon performing Raise a Glass. Then Giff Jamison sang Gracie, we heard Happiness to Burn from Jenny Van West, and On Boot Hill performed by Stan Keach.  Each of the song writers performed an opening number to get warmed up, and then presented their contest entry song.  The crowd and the judges loved what they heard.

When the judges scores were tallied, we had our winning entries.  Taking 3rd place was The Oak Tree’s Song by Jeff Trippe.  The runner-up award went to Sara Trunzo and Wishbone.  And the winning entry for the 2017 MSA Songwriting Contest was Stan Keach with On Boot Hill.

Thanks to all the contestants who submitted songs this year and insured the 7th annual was a great showcase of the craft of homegrown songwriting . Although there can only be one winner, the community feel among the artists was the larger success.

Thanks to the judges, who had perhaps the most difficult job of all, and once again to the outstanding, kind, and supportive staff at the Frontier.

Watch performances from the evening on the Maine Songwriters Association YouTube channel, and visit to learn more and join the association.

In our second season of SOS – Songwriters On Stage – at Frontier in Brunswick, we continue to be impressed with the songwriters of Maine.  We’ve had great audiences, and they have appreciated the rich diversity of songwriting talent.  MSA is already looking ahead to our next season of SOS, so get in contact with us if you’d like to be considered for performing.  And by all means, come on out the first Wednesday of the month (September – May) and hear some great songwriters!

If you were a2016contestt Frontier on October 29th, you heard six wonderful Maine songwriters perform their works for a packed house. Our finalists this year were Jenny Lou Drew, Adam Babcock, Sally Ann Morgan, Richard Wallace, Ruth Hill, and Doug Kolmar, and they put on a fine show.  The judges were impressed with the well-crafted stories and tunes that our songwriters shared, and after lengthy deliberation (the longest ever!), Ruth Hill took the prize for her song “Oh, Brother Mine”.  Doug Kolmar and Sally Morgan also took prizes for their songs “No You Know” and “Sugarcane”.  You can catch their performances on the MSA facebook page or YouTube channel .

Ruth Hill performed her winning song on WCSH6 “207” program on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.