Musician a winner in Texas

Tues. June 28, 2005 Seacoast Online: Maine News

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Randy Browning, a South Berwick resident, was one of the winners in the New Folk competition at the 34th annual Kerrville Folk Festival held recently in Kerrville, Texas.

The festival, which celebrates songwriters, is held over 18 days beginning each Memorial Day. This year, the festival accepted more than 700 submissions from performing songwriters across the United States and beyond. Thirty-two finalists were invited to perform before a panel of judges and the festival audience.

Six winners are chosen each year. In addition to Browning, this year's winners were: Andy Corwin of California, Dave Stoddard of Wisconsin, Erik Balkey of Pennsylvania, Beth Wood of Texas, and Jack Harris of Wales, UK.

New Folk was started in 1972 by Peter Yarrow and producer Rod Kennedy, and it remains one of the most popular traditions at the festival. Winners perform a concert together, and are awarded cash and other prizes.

Randy teaches guitar at Acoustic Outfitters in Stratham, N.H., and at the Musical Suite in Newburyport, Mass. He was joined in Kerrville by his partner, Brett Kinney, with whom he performs regularly in the duo Late Bloomers.


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