Cumberland Valley Songwriters Festival in Waynesboro Oct. 8


WAYNESBORO- The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro is presenting the Cumberland Valley Songwriters Festival Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Mainstreet Park.  The event features ten accomplished songwriters from the tri-state area.  Rough Edges Brewery and food trucks will also be available for concession purchases. Admission is free.

Descriptions of songwriters provided by Music Makers.
Songwriters include:

David “Dancin’ Dave” Dishneau, of Hagerstown, Md., has been writing songs for about 10 years, following a long career in journalism. He’s a storyteller.

-John Dolly, of Arendtsville, Pa., writes powerful songs that often touch on personal topics and social issues. He’s also the drummer for rock band Pale Barn Ghosts.

-Bob Courter, of Waynesboro, Pa., plays guitar with the jazz trio Prophets of the Abstract Truth. His songs stretch musical boundaries and defy categorization.

-Nik Wiesniewski, of Waynesboro, Pa., is a popular performer at area wineries and pubs. He has a rhythmic, modern sound and life-affirming lyrics.

-Kam Stewart, of Hagerstown, Md., takes inspiration from folk, rock and pop music. He’s been gigging about a year, and is working on recording his many originals.

-Elly Cooke, of Gettysburg, Pa., sings her heartfelt songs with a country lilt and a big guitar. Winner of Franklin County’s 2017 A Cappella & Unplugged contest, she sang onstage with Keith Urban at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., in 2016.

-Doug Alan Wilcox, of Hagerstown, Md., combines masterful guitar work with soulful vocals, making him a favorite at festivals and house concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. A singer-songwriter in the classic style, he records on his own Wednesday Morning Records label.

-Brian Shermeyer, of Waynesboro, Pa., is a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who blends his jazz, funk and rock roots into original compositions. A world traveler, musically, physically and spiritually.

-Jennie Avila, of Hagerstown, Md., is a magnetic performer who has recorded six solo albums, including a children’s CD and two collections of songs inspired by Civil War stories. She uses her agile voice and percussive rhythms to stir the soul.

-Thomas Roue, of Gettysburg, Pa., is the leader of the Pale Barn Ghosts, a folk-rock band with a dark side and a handful of brilliant albums. He describes their music as “atmospheric, shoegaze, indie guitar meets Americana folk-rock for short attention spans.”

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