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San Rafael WIP

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WCS San Rafael Zoom Songs in Progress First Thursday of the Month

This is a non-judges event, and we will limit it to one song each (unless we have fewer than 10). This will be a Songwriter “Nashville” Style Round and we’ll talk about the song before and after.

Please email Margaux and let her know if you would like to attend! Space is limited to 10 songwriters.

We also welcome people who just want to listen and enjoy connecting with other songwriters.

The ZOOM meeting will start at 6:45pm to check in, mingle (virtually of course) and be ready to start at 7:00PM, so please be on ZOOM and ready. Margaux Joy DeNador margauxjoy@denador.com

Song Evaluation with Justin Farren

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Justin Farren was born and raised in Sacramento, where he lives in a house built with his own two hands - or as he likes to refer to it, "a living museum of my own mistakes". Justin's twin brother is yellow truck named Yellow. Two round trips from California to Alaska, infinite dead-end, soul sucking jobs and god knows how many miles of touring have forged an unbreakable bond between the two that no number of blown transmissions could ever sever. A wiser man would have driven that piece of junk into the Sacramento River the first time the engine caught fire, but wisdom's just another word for knowing how to quit and thanks to Justin, Yellow is going to run forever. Still, one gets the feeling that Justin's songs might just outlast her.

Justin Farren writes multidimensional songs that are both enchanting and seemingly effortless. Songs that are uniquely personal but endlessly inventive and highly relatable. Songs filled with the kind of sudden twists and turns that you never see coming but will never forget. Rich Warren of Folk Stage Chicago said "Justin Farren is an incredibly original artist with a lot of verve and energy and a terrific guitarist. He will absolutely charm you with the strange humor and cleverness of his lyrics."

"Justin Farren is the avatar of the age and the only true path to enlightenment” says David Wilcox. “If you want to attain total self realization, get to know Justin Farren... and maybe he'll do you a favor and pull some strings with his cosmic connections”. In the last few years he's won a bevy of awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Songwriter Serenade, and Wildflower. He's shared the stage with David Wilcox, Anna Tivel, Sam Baker, Matt Costa, Pierce Pettis, and many other outstanding performers. He is way more likely to toilet paper a house now than he ever was as a kid.

Justin's fourth Full Length album, Pretty Free, was released on October 23rd, 2020. It's a homespun masterpiece featuring 11 original songs crafted and recorded in a shed in Justin's own backyard. The majority of the songs on the record have won awards In various songwriting competitions around the country, and the album features some of the finest musicians on the planet, Including Brian Chris Rogers, Anna Tivel and Andre Fylling among others.

The Sacramento News & Review described him as "a storyteller with an impeccable voice, a guitar and a head-full of funny, tender and engaging observation". Justin says, "songwriting is a way of reminding myself what's important." He plays a cheap guitar, but everyone always asks him about his tone and how to get it. They don't know that the sound they're hearing is in his fingers. It's in his playing - a combination of unboxed fluidity, unbridled creativity and muted space. The only way to get Justin Farren's tone or to write songs like him is to be him. He can write a song about anything. Just watch.

Awards: Winner Songwriter Serenade, 2019 Falcon Ridge Most Wanted Song Swap, 2019 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, 2018 Winner Kerrville Songwriting Competition, 2016 Winner Wildflower arts and Music Festival "People's Choice" award, 2016 SWRFA Official Showcase Artist, 2015 2nd place Planet BlueGrass Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, 2013 Honorable Mention Planet Bluegrass Telluride Troubadour Competition, 2013 Winner The West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year, 2012 Regional Finalist Newsong Mountain Stage Competition, 2012 Best Musician - Sacramento News & Review, 2009 / 2010 Best Lyricist - Sacramento Magazine, 2010

Justin Has Taught Songwriting at: Wilcox Weekend 2017 Sisters Folk Fest Americana Song School 2017 Lamb's Retreat Harbor Springs, Michigan 2017

Receive valuable feedback for development AND have the possibility of your song being one of 2 selected to compete in our FINALS this July. 3 songs from our FINALS have the opportunity to play at our Sunset Concert during the Annual Conference in September.

Previous winners may submit only if space is available.

$10 PURCHASE YOUR SPOT HERE https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/store 15 SPOTS AVAILABLE SUBMIT YOUR SONG to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email. In subject line put: Justin Farren Evaluation. Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR SONG IS NO LATER THAN JUNE 1ST. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Contra Costa WIP

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Come Join Us ONLINE! Members and Non-Members welcome Play your song (live or recorded) in a casual supportive environment. Please join us and receive honest thoughtful feedback from our talented local songwriting community.

Please bring your own lyric sheets and kindly email Laurazucker212@gmail.com to let her know you will be attending!

Redwood City WIP

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Redwood City Chapter Online WIP through Zoom - Sundays, 4:45 and 6:30.

Tap into the hive’s creative and supportive feedback of your work in progress. Space is limited to 6 songwriters per meeting so please RSVP/ASAP:) to mona@momusic.org.

We need musical healing now more than ever!

2021 dates January 10, 4:45 and 6:30 February 7, 4:45 and 6:30 March 7, 4:45 and 6:30 April 11, 4:45 and 6:30 May 16, 4:45 and 6:30 June 13, 4:45 and 6:30

San Francisco WIP

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Songwriters are invited to our Zoom event for San Francisco WIP “Works In Progress” ZOOM meeting will start at 6:45pm to check in, mingle (virtually of course) and be ready to start at 7:00PM, so please be onZoomline and ready. Play your song live (on Zoom) in a casual supportive environment. Please join us and receive honest thoughtful feedback from our talented local songwriting community. Each session will accommodate up to 8 participants. To attend you must register for the ZOOM meeting. To register please email Gerald Mullarkey metaphoric69@yahoo.com ahead of time, preferable the day before. Include your name, email, WCS membership status, and a copy of your song lyrics. JOIN OR RENEW: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/become-a-member Thank you!