2016 Singer Songwriter Showcase Finalists

Carl Cacho (Amesbury, MA)

Brendan Eprile (Bennington, VT)

Seamus Galligan (Fairhaven, MA)

Madeleine Grace (Brookfield, CT)

Joanne Lurgio (Warwick, RI)

Louise Mosrie (Williamsburg, MA)

Richard Ruane (Ripton, VT)

Belle-Skinner (Albany, NY)

Gail Sparlin (Schenectady, NY)

Denny Tilton (NJ)


Chris Nerney (Saratoga Springs, NY)

These ten talented singer-songwriters have earned a spot on the Arkell stage Saturday, July 16th, as part of our annual Songwriter Showcase competition. Each will perform two of their own original songs. The top three performers will receive prizes and gifts, including cash and recording time at Southview Arts, a professional music studio in Middletown Springs, VT. The winner will be invited back to perform as a featured musician at SolarFest in 2017.

2014’s winner was Connor Garvey of Portland, Maine; past competitors have included Antje Duvekot, Ray LaMontagne, Gregory Douglass, and Jeffrey Foucault. Our panel of judges is drawn from professional musicians, public radio show hosts, and music columnists.


Lara Herscovitch, winner of the 2011 Singer-Songwriter Showcase says: SolarFest is a terrific, unique festival, set in an absolutely gorgeous landscape. It has such a great spirit and energy (no pun intended); I find such inspiration both from the music side as well as the green energy and environmental protection vision. It is an honor to play there and to have been selected out of such a talented group of singer-songwriters.”

SimagesolarFest Song Circle

Join this year’s lineup of Singer-Songwriters and participate in an open song circle hosted by 2014 winner, Connor Garvey. Participants will share songs – originals or favorites – in a welcoming, supportive environment. The first round will feature our Singer-Songwriter Finalists and Honorable Mentions, and then the circle opens up to anyone who would like to play. This is a second chance to hear these incredible songwriters in an intimate, acoustic environment! We encourage you to participate or listen, and we ask that you keep conversations to a minimum with respect to the singers.  Jamming is allowed only with the permission of the person leading the song circle.

Past Winners of SolarFest’s Singer Songwriter Showcase