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“what a great song!”

We’ve all had that sentimental moment when a piece of music rushes from the speakers on the dashboard or through our headphones and connects with us as if it were being written for that moment. Now imagine chasing that moment down, getting to the heart of what makes that song move you, channeling that feeling and then writing your own song that sings to the rest of world. This is what the Gordie Sampson Songcamp is all about.

Every year some of the Maritimes’ most promising songwriters are hand-picked to take part in an intensive writing weekend conducted by award winning Canadian songwriter, Gordie Sampson. Sampson, along with musical heavy weights Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Carleton Stone as they apply equal parts good-times and pencil-grinding to help new writers discover the limits of their talents. And the proof of the camp’s success is in its history. Over the past four years the camp has grown from 10 songs and a handful of students to an all-out powerhouse weekend yielding over 100 tunes among 24 writers.

Some of the songs have already found homes on albums made by the participants while others were sketched out on work-tapes and demos during camp.

We’re looking forward to sharing The Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation CD with you all very soon! Stay tuned for a release date in November 2013.

Incredible News for the Gordie Sampson Songcamp

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The Gordie Sampson Songcamp and Ceilidh Cup team up for Softchoice Cares Power 2 the People

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is fortunate to have The Ceilidh Cup golf tournament choose to donate funds from their annual event to assist Songcamp in expanding its activities throughout the year.

In addition to this great news, The Ceilidh Cup’s primary sponsor, Softchoice, has been very generous with Songcamp. This year both The Ceilidh Cup and Softchoice have worked to ensure the Gordie Sampson Songcamp qualified for the Softchoice Cares for their Power 2 the People $50,000 Challenge.
This means that the Gordie Sampson Songcamp has access to a $25,000 matching dollars fund where every dollar fundraised in 2013 has the potential to be matched by Softchoice Cares on a first come first serve basis for Ceilidh Cup 2014. Songcamp is also competing in the “P2P Challenge” for the remaining $25,000. First place receives $15,000, second place receives $7,500 and third place receives $2,500. Being a part of this Softchoice Cares is an excellent opportunity for future Songcamp funding.

To earn points in the challenge, we created a Facebook page called Ceilidh Cup for Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/ceilidhcup.

Now it’s time to connect to our community through social media initiatives to spread the word – and we need your help! Here’s how:
1. “Like” our page (we get 1 point for each)
2. “Share” our posts with your friends on Facebook (1 point for each)
3. “Comment” on our posts and page (1 point for each)
4. “Post” any pictures, videos and comments on our page and your pages (5 points for every post – these could be posts of any of our musical guests’ songs, videos, pics)
5. Encourage all your friends on Facebook to Like, Share, Comment and Post on our page
6. “Tweet” a link to our page, videos, pics that we post on Facebook to encourage more people to check us out

This challenge goes to October 18th and we are confident that together we can really make some impact!

Budding star Hunter Hayes to perform at CCMAs while he works on sophomore record

Hunter Hayes will make his debut at the CCMA awards next month, but he’s hardly green when it comes to the Great White North.

The blond-haired country wunderkind spent much formative time on the East Coast in his mid-teens — “as a younger lad,” the still-fresh 21-year-old chortles — living for a month in Halifax, playing the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and Tall Ships Nova Scotia while soaking up what he viewed as a “phenomenal” country music culture.

Well, it’s just another thing he has in common with country kindred spirit Gordie Sampson.

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Sampson to bring Nashville stylings to Split Crow

Gordie Sampson can’t remember the last time he played in a show bar atmosphere here, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking forward to it.

“It gives me an opportunity to get into some of the new up and running stuff that I have written recently,” said Sampson, originally from Big Pond, Cape Breton, but now living in Nashville.
“People that come to the show will hear some stuff from my previous records as well. This is the time of year that I get to do that.”

Sampson, who has written songs for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, is set to perform at the Split Crow in Truro on Saturday.

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