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Songwriters at the South County Estero Library

March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free Acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place inside at the South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway Estero 33928, Saturday 2:00 Pm – 3:30 Pm

The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit that promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music a coming together of blues, roots, folk and country.

Bill Burkert, Bruce Gallant, Mille VanHorn

Bill Burkert got his first guitar in 1963 — the 60’s may have left him, but he never really left the 60’s. As young people do, he bounced around from school to army to nowheresville —
Somewhere along the line he picked up a “Travis” style for the right hand. He never performed or wrote songs. He worked for a resorts company in Ft. Lauderdale, finally retired to Ft. Myers and discovered ACMA and the songwriters circle.

Bruce Gallant has been writing songs for over 30 yrs. His songs are a reflection of different times in his life and he considers them his journal. Bruce has recorded two CD’s , and is on the board of Hope By Song.

Lived in Naples, Fl for 10 years where I first met other musicians and friends who encouraged me to entertain and sing at the different Karaoke venues around town. That wonderful reception from everyone gave me the courage to then start entertaining with piano and guitar.
I have always loved to sing. In Indiana I would always search for a piano bar where I could sing my favorite songs. My courage to entertain on my own did not come until I moved to Florida where I was encouraged by my many friends in Naples and then again when I moved to Cape Coral and met wonderful musicians here and in Ft Myers at the AMCA.
Previous experience:
a) I am a self-taught musician.
b) I started playing piano at age 3 by ear.
c) I taught myself to play guitar….such as it is…..by ear…lol
d) Sang with various bands locally and in Indiana.
e) Played piano at 3 Black Tie Affairs in Naples.
f) Entertained at different retirement homes in Naples
and Bonita Springs.
g) Published author
Have written poetry since a very young age. Was encouraged by Papa Tommy at his open mic nights to compose my own original lyrics and melody. I began doing this about 4 years ago and have written a total of approximately 20 songs. Not all are polished yet. My most noted song I have written is called “The Empty Chair”. I won The Peoples Choice Award at the songwriting contest held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Ft Myers.

Date: March 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Address: 21100 Three Oaks Parkway
Estero, FL 33928 United States

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