With his song entry, Mike Tappan said about himself: “Blue collar working musician exploring the musical heritage of the American south.”
Photo by Kari Gaskins of Mike Tappan, on his facebook profile.
You can hear Mike and the other finalists play while you munch on finger foods with a cash bar, silent auction, and kayak raffle at the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, 1-5PM this Saturday, June 23, at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
Mike isn’t the only Valdosta participant. One of the judges, J.J. Rolle, is a musician from Valdosta with connections to Ireland. The other two judges are from Florida: Dr. Dan Crews, a retired music teacher from Live Oak, and Cindy Bear, a musician and board member of the North Florida Folk Network from Jacksonville.
Each finalist has a good chance to win the first prize of $300. Or the $50 prize for a finalist from within the Basin, or the $50 prize for a finalist from outside, plus there will be a prize for one finalist in each musical genre or style. Valdosta is in the Suwannee River Basin.
We’ve already posted about four other finalists chosen by the Songwriting Contest Committee:
- Emmett Carlisle from Gainesville, Florida
- Hollin Gammage from McMinnville, Tennessee.
- Dave Phar of Suwannee Canoe Outpost at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida.
- Jay Jourden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Stay tuned for more. We’re not giving out their song titles, lyrics, or music: for those come to the contest and hear them live!
Where: The Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602
When: 1-5PM, Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tickets: $10 each online or $12 at the door
For more details: see Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, 2018-06-23.
About WWALS: Founded in June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS as the Member of Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River Basin.
WWALS Songwriting Contest Committee Chair
John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper
WWALS Watershed Coalition
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!