Dunphy, First Place Winner at the Eastern Shore Talent
Showcase Finals almost didn't compete.
First of all it rained most of the weekend which forced
Stone Soup Festival organizers to reschedule some events at the
outdoor gathering in Moser River. To top it off, a 4 hour power
outage made it touch and go for the 6 semi-finalists
who had been selected from 8 Eastern Shore
communities over a 6 month period.
Even if the rain stops, everyone reasoned, the dampness in the air
can ruin electronic instruments. It can also be dangerous with performers
running the risk of electric shock.
one audience waited warm and dry at the local Fire Hall and another
audience at the Festival grounds, a volunteer crew quickly tarped
the stage, the air cleared just in time, and the event was a go.
With some hesitation, Adrianne agreed to let her electric
piano be carried to the stage. She then proceeded to impress judges
and audience alike with her hauntingly beautiful rendition of "I
will always love you". Her decision paid off as a panel of
9 judges made it unanimous.
year old Adrianne had walked away with the First Prize of a trophy,
$500 cash, and a Martin Backpacker Guitar signed by Chet Atkins.
[Read more about Adrianne in October's Issue of Highway 7].
The Second Prize of $250 and a beautifully
crafted Hartling guitar made right here in Sherbrooke was awarded
to a gospel group from Middle Musquodoboit called co-indentally
Arthur Zilkowskyi from Head
Chezzetcook won the Third Prize of $100,
a trophy and a McNally Strumstick. Arthur also won First Prize in
a parallel competition for "Best Original Song".
[Read more about Arthur and "The Bay of Islands Original Song
Writing Contest" in October's Issue of Highway 7].