Gordie Sampson Songcamp celebrates its 5th anniversary!

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp launched in 2010 with six young writers, two instructors, and a vision: to nurture emerging songwriters from across Nova Scotia, give them access to knowledge, and help them develop tools that will benefit their writing careers. A lot has happened in five years… record releases, shows, covers, awards, and more.

This year, from July 13-19, there are 15 writers and four instructors who will reunite with Gordie Sampson at Songcamp in Ingonish, Nova Scotia, for four days of collaboration. To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Songcamp has invited three special guests to participate – songwriter Donovan Woods, and Chris Noxx and Corey Lerue on the production front.

Donovan is a Juno-nominated Canadian songwriter, splitting his time between Canada and Nashville, and has had covers by country superstars like Tim McGraw as well as numerous Canadian artists. His music has been featured in major motion pictures, television shows, and commercials.

Chris and Corey will join longtime Songcamp producer, Mike Shepherd, to record songs that are written at Songcamp during the week. Chris has just returned to Halifax to set up shop after spending time in LA where his numerous and notable collaborations and credits include “Fastlane”- Eminem & Royce Da 5 9 Ft Sly Jordan, co-writing credits for “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston, and production on Young Bucks’ “Anticipating”. Corey is a Halifax-based audio engineer, producer, and composer. His work has been featured in The Source, HipHopDX, CBC, Exclaim!, and was also in the top 10 HipHop/Rap downloads on iTunes for his mixing/mastering efforts on Quake Matthews Corrado.

In addition to the traditional Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle closing concert at Ceilidh Hall, Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, which is taking place on Thursday, July 17, Songcamp writers will also hit the road to play a show at the Louisbourg Playhouse on Friday, July 18. Both Songcamp Circles are hosted by Gordie Sampson and feature performances by this year’s Songcamp writers. Audiences can purchase the first edition Gordie Sampson Songcamp CD at the show and online at gordiesampsonsongcamp.com.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle
Thursday, July 17
Ceilidh Hall, Keltic Lodge
7:30 PM – All Ages, Licensed
Adults $15 – Under 19 $10
Advance tickets available at Doucette’s Variety and Home Hardware in Ingonish.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle
Friday, July 18
Louisbourg Playhouse
7:30 PM – All Ages, Licensed
Tickets $25.00 (including HST)
Purchase online at www.fortressoflouisbourg.ca/LouisRocks2014
For more information visit www.louisbourgplayhouse.ca

2014 Songcamp Writers

Gordie Sampson – Big Cove
Steven MacDougall (Leader) – Glace Bay
Carleton Stone (Leader) – Sydney
Dylan Guthro (Leader) – Sydney Mines
Breagh Mackinnon (Leader) – Sydney
Barb Cameron – Grand River
Chris James – Springhill

Dana Beeler – Lantz
Dave Sampson – Sydney
Elijah Wohlmuth – Enfield
Jenny MacDonald – Antigonish
Kyle Mischiek – North Sydney
Laura Roy – Canning
Marc Boutilier – Millville
Mo Kenney – Dartmouth
Molly Thomason – Antigonish
Natalie Lynn – Shelburne
Nicole Curry – Sydney, Truro
Rankin MacInnis – Mabou
Willie Stratton – Bedford


Willie Nelson picks Gordie Sampson’s tune “Songwriter” for upcoming album

Sure, it’s a feather in your cap to have one of your songs recorded by Keith Urban or Faith Hill, but for a songwriter like Gordie Sampson, could it get any cooler than having a tune recorded by Willie Nelson?

The Big Pond musician will see his aptly titled tune “Songwriter”, co-penned by Bill Anderson, appear on the Texas country legend’s new album Band of Brothers.

“Somebody pinch me, this is too cool!” wrote Sampson while posting the news directly from willienelson.com, noting his songs will join compositions by Nelson, Vince Gill and Billy Joe Shaver.

Band of Brothers is due out on Tuesday, June 17.

The Chronicle Herald

Dave Sampson releases No Pressure No Diamonds

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Songcamp songwriter Dave Sampson released his new album on May 7 with a sold-out release show at The Carleton in Halifax the same night. No Pressure No Diamonds has been met with rave reviews – we can’t wait to see where this takes Dave next!

Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show at ECMW

East Coast Music Week is taking place from April 2-6 in Charlottetown, PEI this year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase many of the Songcamp songwriters at the festival.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show is presented by SpinCount and takes place in the Roland ECMA Member’s Lounge at the PEI Convention Centre (foyer) on Friday, April 4 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Here are the songwriters performing on the show:

4:00 Carleton Stone, Kyle Mischiek, and Elijah Wohlmuth
4:20 Seamus Erskine
4:30 Jenny MacDonald
4:45 Breagh Mackinnon
5:00 Chris Brown
5:15 Dana Beeler
5:25 Dave Sampson
5:35 Rankin MacInnis
5:50 Laura Roy
6:05 Natalie Lynn
6:15 Barb Cameron
6:30 Evan Meisner
6:45 Mo Kenney

If you’re at ECMW, we’d love to see you there!

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Natalie Lynn’s new single

Songcamp songwriter Natalie Lynn has released a new single and music video for her song “Runaway”. Click here to watch and listen!

Carleton Stone releases new album, Draws Blood

DrawsbloodCarleton Stone released his new record Draws Blood today in Canada on GroundSwell/Warner. The album is available in record stores and online on at iTunes.

Draws Blood is dedicated to the memory of Jay Smith, and you can read more about Jay and the album on Carleton’s website.

Molly Thomason releases new album, Columbus Field

MollySongcamp songwriter Molly Thomason has released her new album today, Columbus Field, and the first single “Buttons”. The album is produced by John-Angus MacDonald from The Trews and captures the undeniable excitement and no-holds barred romance of youth. Think of crazy kids, lots of guitars, and real-life small-town summer nights. It is classic rock and roll, ushered into 2014 by a firecracker of a girl.

Columbus Field is available on MapleMusic.com and on iTunes.

Gordie Sampson Songcamp places 2nd for the Softchoice P2P Fundraiser


The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is thrilled to have come in at 2nd place for the North American-wide Softchoice P2P Fundraiser Challenge. Thank you to all our supporters who have helped us achieve this monumental goal!

The Chronicle Herald CD Pick of the Week

One of the best times I had during Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney in November was the gathering of Gordie Sampson Songcamp participants on one stage, sharing songs, stories and collaborations. Hearing performers like Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason, Kyle Mischiek and Mo Kenney singing together and displaying a raucous artistic community spirit gave at least some sense of what happens each summer in [Ingonish] as they put their musical ambitions to the test.

Some of the flavour of that experience is captured on a new CD featuring some of the province’s best young musicians singing together, over a broad range of styles. Dana Beeler gets dark and tough on “Where Have You Been”, while teaming with Willie Stratton and Natalie Lynn on the bone-rattling boot stomper “Black Water”. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some stellar modern pop performances, like Laura Roy’s heartwrenching “Fall Out of Love” and the trouble-times-three combo of Barb Cameron, Elijah Wohlmuth and Nicole Curry on “Last Night’s Party”.

Listening to this CD is like getting to eavesdrop on an exclusive club, except ultimately these songs are meant to be shared.

The Chronicle Herald

Compilation CD in stores in Cape Breton and Halifax

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation CD are available to purchase at TAZ Records in Halifax and at the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop in Sydney, Cape Breton. These make great gifts!