Annual songwriting festival to carry Ron Hynes's legacy forward

Annual songwriting festival to carry Ron Hynes's legacy forward

Songwriters in St. John's will get a chance to hone their craft — and remember a Newfoundland legend — at a new annual festival held each summer.

The Ron Hynes Songwriters Festival will be held for the first time on June 24-25 at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, according to Colleen Power, who is helping to organize the event with her new group Songwriters NL.

"I think as soon as Ron passed away, I think that a lot of song writers were stepping up and saying 'how do we keep getting his songs out there'," she told CBC Radio's On The Go.

The festival will have performances for the public, but also workshops for songwriters looking to improve on their craft — "Encapsulating everything what it is to be a songwriter in this couple of days," said Power.

She said it's important to train new artists to help carry the legacy of a great Newfoundland musician.

"Since [Hynes is] gone … of course, we'll never ever have anyone like him, but we do need artists and songwriters to carry the torch like he did, and carry the torch of Newfoundland and Labrador in the writing."

Power will host a session that will touch on the business side of songwriting. Artist Jim Payne is hosting a session that focuses about writing about Newfoundland and Labrador.

Power said anyone interested in the festival should check the LSPU Hall's website in the future for more information about tickets.