From Music City to Martha's Vineyard
Noah Asimow
Next weekend, the Island hosts the sixth annual New England to Nashville Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters’ Festival.
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Songwriting Festival Returns to the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard will once again play host to some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and artists from Sept. 15 to 17.

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Songwriters Festival Comes to Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard hosts some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and artists from Sept. 11 to 14, when New England to Nashville (NETN) presents the fourth annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival.
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Songwriters Festival

The Nashville sound will be heard on the Vineyard as the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival takes place from Sept. 13 to 15. Artists and songwriters from the Music City will offer a workshop for aspiring songwriters with instruction by Steve Seskin and Steve Bloch. Workshop attendees are also invited to a casual barbecue/guitar event on Friday night, Sept. 13.

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Vineyard Hosts Songwriters’ Festival
Mark Alan Lovewell

Have you ever wondered what is the story behind a favorite pop music tune? Every song has a writer, and they aren’t often in the foreground. The stories behind the songs can be far more interesting if told by the writer — and that is the idea behind the first ever Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters’ Festival this weekend.

The two-night event will showcase the writer-performers. The festival opens tonight at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, and there will be a second show tomorrow night at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

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Songwriters Put Voices to Hit Tunes

The second annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival last weekend combined pop and country BMI hit-makers in exclusive live music lineups and intimate settings, adopting the overwhelmingly successful approach of the perennially popular Key West Songwriters Festival. The event is designed to introduce top BMI pop and country songwriters not only to a wider audience, but to one another as well. While attendees soaked up performances from the composers behind the hits, the performers took advantage of the retreat-like setting and established new creative partnerships.

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They Write the Songs, Festival Adds the Bridge
Holly Gleason

It’s the singer, not the song or is it? After all, it is the melody that lingers, the words that capture the undefinable. Songs are mercurial things, each having a mystery path — so far from the iPod or radio dial — that evades the fan. But next weekend, at various locations across the Island, the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival brings a dozen of the nation’s best songwriters together to celebrate songs, stories and each other.

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Keith Stegall Headlines Songwriters Festival

The second annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival will be held on Sept. 24 and 25. Staged at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven and Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, the festival will combine pop and country musicians in exclusive live music lineups and intimate settings.

Advance tickets for each show are $25; admission for both nights of performances is also available in advance for $40. To purchase tickets, visit ticketsMV.com.

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