Songwriting and works in progress
by Jay Howlett with Blah Blah Woof Woof
A brief workshop on approach, style and crafting
songs, focusing on your personal strengths. This will be a combination
of Q&A, discussion and writing. Works in progress are welcomed as
time permits. This workshop is for anyone who wants to write or is writing
songs and is geared toward the beginning and intermediate levels. Please
come share with the group.
Now living on the coast of Northern California,
Jay has been touring since he quit his day job in 1998 when he released
his second CD "Jay
Howlett". Selections for appearances at festivals like Sisters Folk
Festival in Oregon, Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Founders Folk & Bluegrass
Festival in Utah and South Florida Folk Festival in Florida put Jay in
position to start touring the country doing what he does best, telling
stories in a song.
2003 marked the release of Jay’s third CD “American
Ghost Town” and he toured the Eastern and North Western U.S.. 2004
will be even busier playing music on both coasts of the United States,
with a few stops in between
and even a little north to Canada. Festivals, clubs, coffee houses,
bars and two clothing optional resorts will all be part of Jay’s
stops this year.
Jay has taken songwriting workshops from Carol McComb,
Steve Seskin, John Gorka, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Greg Brown, Lucy
Kaplansky and many others. He has run Works in Progress groups for Northern
Songwriters Association (now West Coast Songwriters association) where
he has won the Song of the Year award. He has been a songwriting
finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Sisters
Folk Festival in Oregon (twice), The Founders Folk and Bluegrass Festival
in Utah and The South Florida Folk Festival. He has earned numerous
other honors and awards.
In groups, and as a solo performer, Chuck McCabe has
played in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon, Nashville's Bluebird
Cafe, L.A.'s Troubadour and Ice House, toured Viet Nam, Thailand, Japan
Philippines for the USO.
In 20 years on the road, he played more summers on
Cape Cod, winters in Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Bear Valley than he
can remember... more coffee houses, ginmills, Holiday Inns and Ramadas
than he'd care to
An award-winning songwriter (American Song Festival,
Music City Songfest, Sisters Folk Fest , Napa Valley Music Festival,
Tucson Folk Festival, Wildflower Festival, and the Woody Guthrie Songwriting
he has to his credit numerous independent releases. He has also recorded
his songs on the ABC, Capitol and GRT labels in L.A.
and Nashville, and was a staff writer for ABC. He wrote the Pet Rock
song with the Rock's inventor, and was supposed to get rich... all he
got was a big phone bill.
His first book was published in 1993, and sold not
only to musicians and songwriters, but to countless colleges and county
libraries across the country, following a buy-recommendation by the American
In addition to his work as a solo performer, he currently
plays bass in an Irish group, lead guitar in an oldies band, and 5-string
banjo with some folkies. He is working on a second book, and runs a popular
workshop for the Northern California Songwriters' Association.
Despite numerous close-calls, he has managed
to elude both fame and fortune.