2019 Tucson Folk Festival
Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition
SATURDAY, APRIL 6: NOON to 2 PM
JACOME PLAZA – WILDFLOWER STAGE
Finalists are shown here in random order. Order of performances
will be chosen on the day of the contest.
Congratulations To The Finalists.
Fountain Valley, CA
Jessie Taylor is a heartfelt artist with Louisiana roots living in Southern California. Raised in a Cajun, musical family, her influences span from blues, country, folk and oldies alike.
Leslie and Larry Latour
Leslie Latour is a folk/pop singer/songwriter, born in NYC, lived and worked in Maine, and now living in both Maine and Arizona. She splits his time writing and co-writing with her husband Larry Latour, writing and performing songs in the traditional folk/pop spirit, channeling such performer/writers as Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchel, Maria Muldaur, and Grace Slick. She has recorded two CDs "That's Life" and "Real Music" with Larry. She lives with Larry and their six 4-leggeds in the Verde Valley.
Lauren Lawson is a native Tucson singer-songwriter. Her vocal style has been compared to Colbie Caillat and Lisa Loeb. She plays both acoustic guitar and ukulele and performs a variety of originals and covers. She recently won a Judges Pick in the Passport to Nashville songwriting competition for her song "Cry for you". She was also a winner in the Toptunes.Rocks Talent competition and made the top 10 of Oro Valley's Got Talent.
David K Joyce
David K. Joyce is a northern boy who makes Tucson his home for half of the year. He's been writing songs for many years and has performed with musical and life partner Carol Teal at folk festivals, coffee houses and house concerts. David is equally at home on claw-hammer banjo, fingerstyle guitar and harmonicas. His songs are always thoughtful, sometimes touching on issues facing society and often with a humorous outlook.
An Accomplished Singer Songwriter, Anne English is a feature in the Tucson Music Community. With a voice like crystal, her songs and performance will grab your attention. As a Tucson Resident and Musician for more than 31 years, Anne has lent her voice and performances to many fundraising events in Tucson. Anne has performed with many Tucson Artists and opened for numerous shows, especially for featured events for charitable organizations. "Ruby" is an Original Song about the AZ Ghost Town.
Mark is a talented multi-instrumentalist in search of a song, and a skilled accompanist in search of a voice to stand with. This time he stands behind his own voice, on his own song.
Jessica Shumate is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter originally from Phoenix. Her original music has influences of folk, pop, and indie. She enjoys writing about all sorts of topics, from how much she loves local kombucha -- to her Dad's urologist. Jessica's day job is in a classroom for children with special needs.
Jerry writes and sings songs you’ll remember. In 2018, he was a Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Finalist, a West Valley Country Music Association Songwriting Finalist, and a performer at music festivals and conferences throughout Arizona and the Southwest. It’s easy to get lost in his soothing baritone or his slick guitar work, but be warned—with Jerry, it’s all about the stories.
Mark Anthony Febbo
Mark Anthony Febbo is a third-generation Tucsonan, and has been an active musician in the region for 18 years. An alum of Pueblo High School and a graduate of the University of Arizona’s creative writing program in 2006, Febbo formerly fronted the rock band Clam Tostada from 2001 to 2014. For the past five years, he's been performing and recording with fellow songwriter Oscar Fuentes in the FebboFuentes project. The two are currently working on an album of Febbo’s originals at TucSound Studios.
Nick and Luke
Nicholas Horner and Lucas Chohany have a musical kinship unlike any other. With a love for traditional music and honest songwriting presented with the spontaneity of jazz and the reckless abandon of rock music, Nick and Luke have cultivated a musical language all their own. While playing a combination of americana-rooted original music, jazz standards and the bluegrass/old-time liturgy, their performances ebb and flow to create a playful blend of the visceral and the virtuosic.
Finalists are shown here in random order. Order of performances will be chosen on the day of the contest.
$100 Cash Award
Free Registration to 2020 Folk Alliance International Conference
3 Free Song Submissions for Passport to Nashville
25-Minute Set on the Jacome Plaza Stage Saturday, April 6 at 6 pm
$50 Cash Award
$50 Gift Certificate from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
TKMA T-Shirt and Cap
October 1, 2018: Application acceptance opens ($25 Application Fee for all submissions)
January 1, 2019: Application acceptance closes
February 1, 2019: Songwriting Contest Finalists announced
February 15, 2019: Deadline for Finalist commitment to attend
April 6, 2019: Competition Finals – Live Performances – Wildflower Stage