Songwriter’s Retreat


  • Songwriting workshop with American Roots musician Davey Harrison
  • Wednesday, August 12 | 5:00-7:00 PM Central Time
  • Workshop registration closes at noon on August 12
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Have you spent your quarantine days writing, playing an instrument, or just daydreaming in poetry and verse? Join Davey Harrison and fellow workshop participants for a two-hour course on channeling your creative energy into crafting your own original songs! In the beginning of the workshop, we’ll look at basic songwriting elements including finding inspiration, melody writing, and crafting lyrics. Then we’ll move on to examine more advanced concepts such as harmonic structures, varied song structures, and using model artists’ works as the basis for writing compositions. No previous experience as an instrumentalist or songwriter required. Students are welcome to bring their own songs to share and workshop with the song circle. Please bring an open heart and mind as we explore of the joy of storytelling through song. Tickets for this event are $20 each. Feel free to email with any questions, or email if you have technical questions about getting connected with the workshop.

Originally from Gloucester, England, Davey Harrison found his passion for the mandolin and American Roots music while growing up in Wisconsin. His constant love for music led him to study Classical Vocal Performance at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. Davey then attended the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he received a Master’s of Music in Contemporary Improvisation focusing on mandolin and vocal performance.

Davey now lives near Oconomowoc and performs frequently with his wife and musical partner Maire Clement in their duo the Boston Imposters. Their original music combines the influence of many folk traditions with their own personal stories and perspectives.

Davey teaches mandolin, guitar, claw-hammer banjo, voice, and songwriting.

[Portrait of Davey provided; product image by cottonbro on Pexels]