Category Archives: Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop Inspiring Lyrics and Rousing Melodies

Over two dozen novice and experienced songwriters gathered at the Black Irish Pub on Sunday, April 8th to participate in the first of two Gil’s Hootenanny-sponsored workshops designed to create sing-along songs that share and celebrate the stories, struggles and victories of working people.

Led by singer-songwriter-teacher Jamie Anderson, the songwriters were organized into four groups and Continue reading

Blowin’ in the wind: How to write a good protest song

Published on: February 5, 2017 | Last Updated: February 5, 2017 8:17 PM EST

You can’t go to any major city these days without tripping over a crowd of people waving placards that say unflattering things about Donald Trump.

That’s why Gil’s Hootenanny thought the time was right to run a singalong writing workshop to teach would-be protest songwriters about the power of song. Led by Jamie Anderson, the workshop delved into what makes a good protest song and where to find inspiration, and then jumped into group songwriting.

Continue reading at the Ottawa Citizen website…