Songwriting and Performance Contest
2016 Songwriting Contest winner, Blaine Howard of Fairchild, WI performs during the contest. (Photo Jerry Weigel).
2011 winners Casey Yeager and Joe Danielson perform their winning songs.
2017 Contest Finalists
The following Twelve finalists have been selected to perform two original songs each at the Great River Folk Festival on Sunday, August 27. The Finals begin at 11:30 at Site A.
- Randy Adams, Chippewa Falls, WI
- B.W. Alford and Erik Levielle, Appleton, WI
- Jim Armstrong and Pippa Armstrong, Winona, MN
- John Fitzpatrick Cox, Viroqua, WI
- Laura Joy, Oak Park, Il
- Colin Marshall, Onalaska, WI
- William Michael Morrison, LaCrosse, WI
- David Nash, Onalaska, WI
- Steven J. Schmidt, Rochester, MN
- David Thomas, La Crosse, WI
- Rick Thompson, La Crescent, MN
- Doug Way and Richard Mial, Onalaska, WI
About the Contest
Twelve finalists will be selected to perform two songs each at the Great River Folk Festival on Sunday, Aug ust 27. Songwriters will be evaluated on songwriting and performance by a panel of Great River Folk Festival judges.
All entries will receive a free pass to the festival for Sunday. The first place act will receive a cash prize, a day in a recording studio at Grammy Award-winning Sound Strations, and will perform as the opening act on the main stage later Sunday afternoon. Second and Third places will also receive a cash prize.
receive one free Festival pass for Sunday August 27.
1st Place :
- $150 cash
- One day in the studio at Soundstrations Audio Productions in La Crosse, WI (an $850 value)
- A performance of your two songs at the Fest Closing Concert, Sunday afternoon.
$ 75 cash
$ 50 cash
Judging will be calculated by the following criteria:
- Songwriting (composition, lyrics, melody)
- Instrumental performance
- Vocal performance
- Performers stage presence
- 1st Place – Blaine Howard, Fairchild, WI
- 2nd Place – Traci Stinebrink, Rhinelander, WI
- 3rd Place – Mike Caucutt, La Crosse, WI
- 1st Place – Michael Monroe, Grand Marais, MN
- 2nd Place – Jane Fallon, Brookline NH
- 3rd Place – Joe Schwem, Bozeman, MT
- 1st Place – Derek Olsen, New Lisbon, WI
- 2nd Place – Jeff Cozy, La Crosse, WI
- 3rd Place – Jim Gary, Elmhurst, IL
- 1st Place - Aric Sampson, Galesville, WI
- 2nd Place - Katie Dahl, Baileys Harbor, WI
- 3rd Place - Joe DeLucia, Port Washington, WI
- 1st Place - Barb and Tom Webber - Milwaukee, WI
- 2nd Place - Roger Wendover (Brojo Rog) - LaCrosse, WI
- 3rd Place - Scott Wilcox - Tomah, WI
- 1st place - Joe Danielson & Casey Yeager (duo) - Cadott, WI
- 2nd place - Roger Wendover - LaCrosse, WI
- 3rd place - Kris Risch & Lisa Risch (duo) - Holmen, WI
- 1st place - Tim Fast - Elk River, MN
- 1st place - Mike Caucutt - LaCrosse, WI