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NFFN Songwriter Workshop - March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020 Songwriter Workshop-CANCELLED

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Greetings songwriters,
We have made the decision to cancel the songwriters workshop.  At one point, it looked like we might be able to continue with plans but that is no longer the case. We will refund your registration fees over the next few days. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 
Just as soon as the covid-19 situation improves and we are able to get together safely, we will once again make plans for this event and notify everyone. 

Calling all Songwriters! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the first North Florida Folk Network Songwriting Workshop, led by two accomplished and amazing NFFN songwriters, Al Monte and Emmett Carlisle. We encourage you to come join us, meet other songwriters, and be inspired!

This event will be held from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, in the Hart Building on the sacred grounds of Beluthatchee Park, located at 1523 State Road 13, Fruit Cove, FL 32259, where activist, writer and naturalist Stetson Kennedy used to live.  The Hart Building features a tranquil view and intimate setting overlooking beautiful Lake Beluthatchee, and is the place where the monthly concert series, ‘Second Sundays at Stetson’s’ is held.

All songwriters, including aspiring songwriters, are welcome at this workshop. Emmett & Al will explore the songwriting process from their unique perspectives, and work with each student to help develop a work in progress, review a completed song, or simply answer questions.  Students should bring their instrument and their written songs in progress, if available.  

Registration is a $25 donation, which can be prepaid via credit card through this link

Signup is limited to the first 20 Songwriters, but a wait list will be created if needed. The deadline for registration is March 16, 2020.   

There will be free coffee, tea, water, and assorted pastries available in the morning. Songwriters are asked to bring their own lunch, as there will be a ‘working’ lunch break.  

Al Monte is a seasoned songwriter, a master guitarist with many influences, and has been writing and playing in an abundance of different styles and genres such as country, comedy, folk, jazz, pop, rock, gospel and even Broadway for over 30 years.  He has recorded eight CDs of his original music, and countless recordings as well. His eclectic musical tastes include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Harold Arlen, and country artists like Willie Nelson, George Straight and Garth Brooks. His most recent accomplishment has been writing songs for Second Wind Dreams, which is an organization that seeks to celebrate our elderly citizens. After he receives a biography and details of the elderly person being celebrated, Al composes the lyrics and music of a song specifically for that person, then records and performs it for them, and gives them a copy of the recording afterwards.  Al is a Veteran, is a longstanding member of the Atlantic Beach Songwriter Circle, and the North Florida Folk Network.

Emmett Carlisle is a Florida boy working on his 8th CD of original songs. His music has been described as a sweet mixture of Americana, Folk, Blues-grass, and Folk rock love songs about the history, environment, and characters of the Great State of Florida. Emmett conducts songwriter workshops and plays at most of the big Festivals in Florida, such as the Will Mclean, Gamble Rogers, Florida Folk, and Sarasota Folk Festivals, along with many other venues around the State. His CD, "Higher Hopes, Bigger Dreams," was awarded the Songwriter CD of the Year by the Jacksonville Times-Union. He is all about the music and the love to his fans, and is considered the “Gentleman of Florida Folk music.”

Beluthahatchee is the home of Stetson Kennedy, Florida civil rights and environmental activist. It is also the location where Woody Guthrie wrote his literary work "Seeds of Man" as well as several of his songs. Woody and Stetson maintained a friendship throughout their lives. Beluthahatchee is on the National Historic Registry for both Stetson's and Woody's literary achievements.

Beluthahatchee (Stetson Kennedy’s home) was dedicated as the only National Literary Landmark honoring two writers.   Stetson Kennedy’s friend and folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote his autobiography Seeds of Man there.  Stetson Kennedy is the author of Palmetto Country, The Florida Slave, Southern Exposure, Jim Crow Guide to the USA, and many other books.

The concert series is sponsored by the North Florida Folk Network, the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, and St. John’s County Parks and Recreation. 

For more information contact NFFN Secretary, Lisa Scarborough at (904) 699-9697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..