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Founding member of The Replacements to host songwriting clinic at Chelsea Library

CHELSEA, MI — Interested in learning more about songwriting? The next Chelsea District Library event plans to teach just that.

The Chelsea District Library (CDL), 221 S. Main St., is hosting its annual CDL Song Fest starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, to bring attention to the art and craft of writing of songs.

The free event will feature local artists, a songwriting workshop and a performance by Tommy Stinson, founding member of The Replacements who has also performed with Bash & Pop, Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum and Cowboys in the Camp fire.

Virginia Krueger, CDL communications coordinator, said the library sees itself as “a home for stories” and that Song Fest is a way for people to learn about a different form of storytelling through music.

To kick off the event, CDL Song Fest will feature local teen music groups performing in CDL’s Reading Garden at 1 p.m. There will be performances from WildChildz, Wicked Cricket, the Jazz Project, the UFO Factory as well as other performances from individual artists.

Following these performances, CDL will also be offering a songwriting workshop led by local singer-songwriter Judy Banker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the library’s McKune Room. Banker plans to offer songwriting tips and answer any questions about the process.

Krueger said this interactive workshop is open to all interested teens and adults. To register for the workshop, visit the CDL website.

“(The workshop is) very question-and-answer oriented,” Krueger said. “(Banker) will talk about what it takes to be a songwriter and how she writes songs, but then, depending on the audience and their questions, it can go in different directions.”

The Song Fest will conclude with an in-depth interview and performance by Stinson at 7 p.m. at Robin Hills Farm. Krueger said that over the years, audience members have been able to learn about musical processes from headlining the event.

Events like CDL Song Fest are meant to give back to those in the community who don’t necessarily use other library services, Krueger said. She added that CDL’s goal is to make sure it reaches its entire community by reaching out to all kinds of audiences with its events.

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