Gathering in the Gap Announces Writing Contest Finalists | Sunday stories
BIG STONE GAP — The Gathering in the Gap Music Festival, taking place on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park on Saturday, May 28, announced the finalists for the annual songwriting competition this week.
The competition represents the spirit and traditions of Appalachian culture, featuring exceptional, yet under-recognized songwriters. Songs submitted for the contest must be from genres that have their roots in Appalachian culture: old-time, folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues or rockabilly.
Contest entries are judged by music industry professionals and finalists are chosen to compete on the main stage of the Gathering in the Gap music festival.
The finalists and their songs are:
• Adam Bolt — “Coke for the Road”
• Amanda Abner — “Shiny Shoes”
• Barnett Carr — “Dark Side of the Mountain”
• Claire Childress — “Telephone”
• David Quillen — “Gypsy in My Bones”
• Jeff Rose – “Mirror Mirror”
• Josh Slagle – “A Truck”
• Madison Denhardt – “Better”
• Tay Bronson — “Willard’s Song”
• Wayne Penley – “I can’t go back”
The songwriting competition finalists will perform their songs live on stage beginning at 4:30 p.m. A new jury, also made up of music professionals, will determine the first, second and third place winners. Songs will be judged on originality, lyrics, melody and relevance to the contest theme and musical criteria. Each finalist will be given a free access ticket to the festival, as well as a festival T-shirt. The top three winners will also receive cash prizes and plaques.
In addition to the annual songwriting competition, the festival will feature a great lineup of regional musicians on the Acoustic Arbor stage, as well as an evening performance on the main stage featuring Grand Ole Opry inductee Crystal Gayle with Dave Eggar, a famous cellist, pianist and composer.
Gathering in the Gap also features food vendors, artisans, instrument and band competitions, a kids’ area, the “Stitch in Time” quilt show and more.
Tickets for the Gathering in the Gap Music Festival and its workshops are available through the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.
Admission to the festival for ages 13 and up is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult admission. To purchase tickets, call the park at 276-523-1322. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park during regular business hours or online at www.gatheringinthegap.org.