The Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition

Dedicated to TKMA's friend and 2013 Headliner Stefan George who passed away in 2015.

Saturday, April 4th, 12:00 — 2:00
on the Wildflower Stage (West Side of the Main Library)

Ten finalists (chosen from a field that typically numbers more than 40) will perform two original songs each for the Folk Festival audience and a panel of judges that includes fellow songwriters.
Contestants will be evaluated on:
  • Originality & Uniqueness
  • Song Structure
  • Arrangement
  • Talent & Stage Presence
  First Place:
  • $100 Award
  • 25-minute set on the Jácome Plaza Stage at 6:00 on Saturday.
  • One (1) FREE Registration to 2021 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO, February 17-21, 2021.
  • $50 Award
3rd Place:
  • TKMA T-Shirt & Cap

Congratulations To The 2020 Finalists.

Finalists are shown here in random order. Order of performances will be chosen on the day of the contest.

Alicia Stockman Heber City, UT
Alicia Stockman endears her audiences through memories, experiences, and stories. Her songs are intimate moments, meant to draw listeners in and leave them hanging on every word. Strong rhythm guitar, creative yet tasteful phrasing, and soulful sweet vocals bring the experience full circle. The Houston Music Review says she “brings a fresh brave attitude to her music and performances. Her confidence is contagious and her choice of subject matter for her songs show a maturity beyond her years."
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Lauren Lawson Tucson, AZ
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.

Eric Schaffer Tucson, AZ
Eric is a 3-time finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival songwriting competition, a finalist in the Passport to Nashville songwriting competition and a semi-finalist in the Great American Songwriting Contest. He can be seen playing throughout Southern Arizona and points beyond with his band The Other Troublemakers.
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Jane Fallon Dunedin, FL
Jane (Ross) Fallon is a performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. She has 6 CD’s and three books to her credit. Jane recently won first place in the nationally known American Songwriter Mazazine Lyric Contest. Additional songwriting wins inlclude the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition in Oklahoma and the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
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Mark Iler Olympia, WA
Mark Iler started playing Guitar in the 5th Grade and by the time he was 17, he was performing in the Pubs & Bars in and around the Detroit area. When he was 19, he started playing the Harmonica and it added a whole new dimension to the music he played. All he's ever wanted to do is sing and play songs for people but wasn't really interested in making a living at it. He has played music in almost every State, continues to do so and loves every minute of it!
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T Greg Tucson, AZ
T Greg started writing songs when he was 14yo on the gut-string guitar he still owns. His first instrument was the drumset and his unique sense of rhythm is reflected in his guitar playing. His lyrics seek to encompass big ideas and emotions that are bone-deep. With over 30 years of experience in theatre, his songs vary in style and substance ranging from somber to sublime. He has also written music for jazz ensembles, theatrical plays, and modern dance.

Mark Anthony Febbo Tucson, Arizona
Mark Anthony Febbo was one of the 10 finalists in the 2019 Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Contest, and has been playing music in Tucson since 2001. He is the former frontman and songwriter for the now defunct band, Clam Tostada. Mark's newest album, Dry River Redemption, co-produced by Oscar Fuentes, will be released in early February 2020.
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Annie Sorrells & Jerry Green Phoenix, AZ
Annie Sorrells and Jerry Green are Phoenix-based songwriters who perform solo and as the duo, "The Lost Earbuds." You can catch them at music festivals, camps, and conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more info, check out their websites and be sure to follow @airstreamingannie, "The Singing Airstream," on Instagram!
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Sandy Hathaway Chandler, AZ
Sandy Hathaway’s outstanding presentation and musical insight draw her audience into a world of creative wonder. Sandy plays with energy and enthusiasm to capture her audience. Her songs reach back in time and deliver stories that touch the heart. Her music can be described as a soulful blend of Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Patty Griffin. Sandy’s live performances are filled with emotion and expression.

Eric Cunningham Tucson, AZ - ARIZONA
Eric Cunningham is originally from San Diego Ca. He writes music in a fun, laid back, yet expressive style. Having traveled extensively he uses a blend of world music and classic singer-songwriter folk to tell a story. His main influences in songwriting are Paul Simon and James Taylor. Eric is always writing and recording new music.