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.