In the spirit of wonder and discovery, simplicity and charm, Woody Guthrie’s emphasis on children’s music gives the impression that he truly understood the mind of a child. Join several songwriters as they invite families and children to participate in lively, interactive music showcases, meant to inspire and entertain!
Woody’s Kids Songwriting Workshop
Lauren Lee is thrilled to be hosting our 2nd year of Woody’s Kids! Last year, we hosted 2 youth songwriting workshops and they were such a hit that we have added 2 more workshops and a youth competition!
Our workshops will be hosted by Festival Performers and are sure to inspire the next generation of emerging folk artists.
Woody’s Kids Songwriting Competition
The Youth Competition hopes to draw performers ages 16 and younger together to perform their favorite folk song. It can be a cover song, a Woody song or even an original! Cash prizes will be given out along with the overall winner receiving the VIP treatment at Saturday night’s Pasture of Plenty stage where they will perform their winning song! By entering the competition, you agree to the rules below. Apply here!
Competition Rules & More Info:
- Must be 16 years or younger.
- One song allowed.
- Live instruments only! If you do not play an instrument, you are welcome to have someone play with you. Unless you are entered as a band, your backing musician can be of any age and will not be judged.
- No CD backing tracks.
- Vocals and instrumental songs are welcome.
- There will be microphones and direct input lines for instruments, if needed.
- Performers will be judged on stage presence, personality, song choice, musicality, and overall entertainment value.
- Songs can be of any style as long as they are played on traditional instruments. (Acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, etc)
- Original songs are highly encouraged!
- Solo performers and groups are all welcome!
- We will be on a tight schedule and your stage time will be limited so make sure you are prepared the moment you step on stage and get your instruments setup!
- Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 performers and the overall first place winner will receive a backstage pass for the Pasture of Plenty stage where they will perform their winning song!
- Pre-registering is highly recommended using the form below.
- Feel free to email Lauren with any questions about the competition or workshops.
With the help of attending musicians, we invite children of all ages to attend our Children’s Concerts featuring Serena Guthrie, the Guthrie Family, Ellis Paul, & the Red Dirt Rangers!