Kerrville-New-Folk-logoEntries are now being sought for the 2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015, during the 44th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. The first 800 entries received via mail or online by March 8 will be accepted, and 32 finalists will be named in April.

Performing songwriters may either send two original songs (written after January 1, 2013) on a home-burned CD to the festival office, email them in .mp3 format followed by a mailed-in entry fee and application, or submit them electronically via Sonicbids. The entry fee is $25. Official guidelines, along with entry information and forms, are posted at

Six songwriters will be named as 2015 New Folk Winners after performing, along with 26 other finalists, in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts in May at the festival’s Threadgill Theater on the Quiet Valley Ranch Campgrounds in the Texas Hill Country.

Five songwriters and a duo were named as winners in last year’s competition: Daniel Boling (Albuquerque, NM), Connor Garvey (South Portland, ME), Frank Martin Gilligan (Dickinson, TX), The Lovebirds featuring Lindsay White and Veronica May (San Diego, CA), Matt Nakoa (Brooklyn, NY), and Caroline Spence (Nashville, TN).

Established in 1972 at the urging of Peter Yarrow, the Kerrville New Folk Concerts have become a highlight of the annual festival that is geared towards singer-songwriters of various musical styles and is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America. Being named as a New Folk Winner is regarded as a very prestigious honor.

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