The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is pleased to present the April 10 episode of the 15th season of Tunesmith Night, a live stream showcase of original music. The unique appeal of presenting three songwriters sharing their original work in an intimate round-robin format takes on another dimension in the virtual format by allowing each performer safely situated in their own location. The show will be streamed live to YouTube and the Music Alliance website at 7pm PDT on Saturday, April 10, and also shared on other social media. Viewers will be encouraged to show their support for the program via online donations.
The April 10 edition of Tunesmith Night will feature songwriters Belinda Bowler, Bill Davie and Larry Murante.
Belinda Bowler grew up singing. Some of her earliest memories are of the songs her dad sang on family vacations. From the back of the Oldsmobile station wagon she would join in, delighting in the stories the songs told. When she was in the third grade her sister taught her three chords on a guitar their dad had brought home from a thrift store. Fifty years and a few guitars later, she is still telling stories with her songs. Her latest music project is called The Keeper, a collection of 15 songs for children that adults can enjoy as well. Many of the songs come from her years as an educator. She used music in her classroom to create interest, support learning and encourage creativity with her students.
Bill Davie has been playing and singing since he was three years old. He began writing songs at age 11. He has produced seven recordings of his original songs, five self-published books of poetry, and continues to be an active writer and performer at clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, concert halls and festivals, mostly in the Pacific Northwest.
Larry Murante is well known for his soaring, mellifluous tenor, strong rhythmic guitar style, and engaging stage presence. His award-winning original songs feature beautifully woven stories about everyday folks. They combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics with an upbeat, joyful folk-rock style. In the past 10 years, Larry Murante has won more than 18 awards in US and international competitions for songwriting and performance, including Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His fourth CD release, Patch of Sky, has garnered critical acclaim and radio airplay in both the US and Europe.