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MSG remembers Dale Kidd

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MSG joins family and friends, musicians and music lovers, in celebrating the life of Dale Kidd, who passed away on December 12th. Dale was a long-time MSG member and local songwriting staple who will be remembered for his big heart, easy laugh, and willingness to join in on a tune with his guitar or voice. If you would like to learn more about Dale or leave a message about how he touched your life, please read Doug Moe’s Wisconsin State Journal article about him or visit

Special Songwriters in the Round, Dec. 23rd

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MSG’s Songwriters in the Round will host a special event for the holidays. Rather than the usual song swap, we will present the 11th Annual Christmas Show (for people who can’t stand the holidays) full of seasonal music of the sacred, secular, cynical, and silly.

The Acts:
Tom Kastle – A fine, contemporary-style songwriter as well as an expert interpreter of traditional maritime songs. He’s got a holiday tune for us that he performed live on Madison’s 105.5 Triple M radio station last year.

Andina and Rich – Music and comedy are the hallmarks here. They have a larger than expected stash of original, Holiday tunes including Sandy Andina’s new classic, “It Sucks Being Sick At Christmas”.

Ingrid Frances Stark – Ingrid’s work with pennywhistle, songs, and poetry is always a delight.

This year we are also planning a tribute to the late Soupy Sales! Whether someone will get a pie in the face or we’ll just sing “Pakalafika” has not yet been decided. You’ll have to be there to find out.

We may even have a few surprise guests, TBA.

All that plus the now-traditional:

  • Sing-along version of Walt Kelly’s “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie”
  • The Human-O-Phone doing Doug Hamilton’s wild parody of “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas” (about the variety and diversity of SPAM)
  • The Year-End Review – we’ll go over some of the stranger news items of 2009

All the important stuff:
Place: The Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington, Madison
Date: December 23, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

New Date: Songwriter Night, Dec. 12th

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Madison Songwriters Guild presents a Songwriter Night at In the Company of Thieves coffeehouse on December 12th at 7 p.m.

The event includes performances by local songwriters Lynn Smith, Dave Schindele, Rich Baumann, and others. We will have a song circle jam, so bring your voice and an instrument if you wish!

In the Company of Thieves
908 E. Johnson St.
(608) 204-9797
Open until 9 p.m. Mon-Sun, In the Company of Thieves is a pleasant hangout serving panini, wraps, salads, smoothies and coffees for reasonable prices. They feature carryout and accept credit cards.