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Songwriters in the Round: Curtis Prince and Sue Harlow

Sep 3, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Songwriters in the Round: Curtis Prince and Sue Harlow

Curtis Prince and Sue Harlow swap songs for the evening.  Come check out two of our favorite new voices.

Curtis says:

“I practically came out of the womb singing. My whole family were musicians, both sides for generations. Coming from Europe and settling both in Alabama and New York, everyone sang, played instruments or at least whistled. They were piano builders, Vaudvillians, producers, directors, and musicians, doing everything from working for CBS to hosting old timey radio shows, to Opera stars, to just family piano playing around the house.

By age six I was playing the harmonica and piano and singing along with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, C.S.N.&Y., The Beatles, and well, all the popular artists of the time. My sisters had great collections of albums and they are basically where I first got turned on to Rock and Roll.  My brother-in-law turned me on to the guitar at nine years old and I took to it quickly, playing along with all the albums and sounding out tunes and solos. Right away I began writing songs…music anyway, and that always seemed to me to be the thing to do. I always say I took guitar lessons from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Though I don’t even imagine myself to be that kind of maestro, they were definitely my teachers and inspiration.

All that was the beginning to a life time of playing music. There were many trying years, difficult times, and wonderful times full of love, in between those early years and now.  After playing in bands in Pittsburgh, Boston, Austin, and St. Augustine Fl. and being on the road with the blues legend Eddie Kirkland, I’ve finally released my first album, “Wishing for Rhymes.”

So here I am in the present with “Wishing For Rhymes” behind me…and still in front of me, along with a wonderful well of inspiration and experience to draw from for years of song writing to come.”

Hear Curtis at

Sue Harlow brings us richly haunting vocals wrapped graciously around the curves between folk and country music.  Each time you think you’ve heard the full reach of her voice, she takes it one notch farther.

Hear Sue at

The show starts at 8pm/$5.

2011 Songwriter’s Contest

Sep 3, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on 2011 Songwriter’s Contest

Rapunzel’s Further Ado Foundation
presents the 2011 Songwriter’s Contest

Friday, October 21  8pm


  • 1st:  $200 plus 8 hours at Packing Shed Records
  • 2nd: $100
  • 3rd:  $50

Entry Fee: $15

Cost for spectators: $5

Judges:  Anne Williams of WNRN

Byron Massie

Tina Owens of WMRA

All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 19.

Rules & Regs:

  • Entries must be accompanied by the entry fee and three typewritten copies of the song lyrics, all of which MUST be received no later than Wednesday, October 19. Entries will not be complete until we receive both the entry fee and the lyrics.
  • Each songwriter may submit one original song, which must be performed live before the panel of judges on Friday, October 21.
  • Songwriters may engage another musician to perform the song on their behalf.
  • The contest will be open to 30 participants, and entries will be accepted on a first-paid, first-served basis.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable after Wednesday, October 19.
  • The contest will be judged according to lyrics, melody and composition. Performance to be considered only as a tiebreaker.
  • Multiple Songwriters who are members of the same band may enter individually and still present their material as a group; however, no more than two songs may be performed by the same band.
  • Order of go will be determined according to a draw, which will be held at 7:30pm the night of the contest. You need not be present for the draw, but you MUST be present for whatever slot is pulled. If you miss your slot, you forfeit your entry.

2011 Songwriter’s Contest Entry Form

Please send the following information, along with the $15 entry fee and THREE typewritten copies of your lyrics to:

Rapunzel’s Songwriters’ Contest
PO Box 556
Lovingston VA 22949


Title of Song:

Band/musician performing the song (if other than songwriter):



You may also enter online by emailing us your entry form and lyrics.  Send to rapunzelscoffee at with “Songwriters Contest” in the subject line, and pay by clicking below:

Open Mic Night

Sep 3, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Open Mic Night

If you’ve got a talent, we’ve got a stage!  Whether you sing, write poetry, tapdance, play bagpipes, swallow swords, dance the mamushka, or just need to rant about something…Rapunzel’s is the place to be this Friday night.

Signup begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm.  Free for performers.  Spectators $2.

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