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I came in third in the 8th annual New England Songwriting Competition!  Woohoo!  It was a gorgeous day – a welcome relief from the oppressive heat and humidity that we’d been experiencing up here lately.   From a large number of entries, only twenty were selected to compete – and wow, what fabulously talented songwriters they all were, including my dear friend Scot Montgomery with his beautiful song “Back In The Day”.   The judges certainly had a difficult task on their hands!   I’m so psyched to have even placed.  Second place went to Jason Carter of  San Antonio, TX with his lovely song, “Dragonfly, You Fly Away” and the grand prize was awarded to my friend Martin Swinger for his great song “Little Plastic Part”.  It was a treat to even see and hear him again after so many years – but to share in the rewards with him at the end of the contest was such a thrill!   Congratulations to everyone!

No time to rest on my laurels – I’ve got another busy week in store!  Here’s the scoop:

Monday, July 25th

I’ll be hosting open mic at the Red Parka Pub in Glen, NH with Shawn Nadeau on bass and Matty Bowman on drums.  Music starts at 9 p.m. and everything rolls right along until sometime after midnight.

Wednesday, July 27th

The Heather Pierson Trio (with Shawn on bass and Jeremy Dean on guitar and vocals) will perform at Delaney’s in North Conway, NH from 9 p.m. to midnight.  Where else can you get great sushi, crayons on the tables (draw us a picture!), the game on the TV and mid-week live music?

Thursday, July 28th

Shawn and I host the open mic at Ledgends Pub in Gorham, NH from 8 to 11 p.m.  Full bands, solo acts, dancers, magicians, storytellers, comedians and other assorted and talented hooligans are encouraged to come join us!

Friday, July 29th

The last Friday means it’s Norway Open Mic Night!  479 Main St. in Norway, ME at the UU Church.  6:30 p.m. sign-up, 7-ish start. For those of you across the world who can’t make it, I’ll be streaming it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/norway-open-mic-night

Saturday, July 30th

First, another weekly stop at The Met in North Conway from 1 to 3 p.m. (solo this time – Shawn will be a groomsman at Ryan’s wedding that afternoon – congrats Ryan and Emily!) and then over to Almost There in Albany, NH with guitarist/big brother extraordinaire Jeremy Dean from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 31st

On the road again!  Shawn and I will be travelling down to Lowell, MA to perform at Furey’s Cafe as part of their annual Folk Showcase at 5 p.m.  It’ll be great to play for some new folks and make some new friends!

Wow, and then we’re into August, just like that.  Really?!  What a great summer this has been and continues to be.   Thanks, as always, for your love and support and I hope to see you out and about!