Folk Alley Open Mic Finals…the winner is…

Congratulations go out to Chad Elliott of Spencer, Iowa for winning the first Folk Alley Open Mic Finals contest with his song Bluebird Creek.

Judging for the Open Mic Finals was comprised of three elements all weighted equally; online listener votes; an invited outside “Blue Ribbon Panel” including Robin & Linda Williams, David Tamulevich of the Roots Agency & Mustard’s Retreat, Mollie O’Brien, and Eric Peltoniemi of Red House Records; and the Folk Alley staff.

Chad Elliott (Bluebird Creek) and Lissa Schneckenberger (Irish Girl) were very close in the judging, but the ultimate decision was based on Chad edging out Lissa in the online voting component.

Jim Pipkin won the “Peoples’ Choice Award” for his song, Tommyknockers, by receiving the most online votes, but alas did not rank as high among the Blue Ribbon Panel and FA staff.

As the winner, Chad receives an invitation to come to Kent, Ohio to participate in the upcoming 40th Kent State Folk Festival in November, and he will have his song featured in the Folk Alley stream. Also, listen for Lissa and Jim’s songs which will be added to the stream very soon as well.

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