SPRINGVILLE — Springville Center for the Arts and JimHoweConcerts will present “Songwriters in the Round” on March 8 at 8 p.m. Western New York’s award-winning songwriters Doug Yeomans, Chris Panfil and Pat Shea will provide an intimate evening of songs they have written, the stories behind them and their personal songwriting processes. “We love this location for a songwriters in the round,” noted Yeomans, on the SCA. “It’s intimate, friendly and offers terrific sound.”
Shea came to the attention of fans across the United States and Canada when he triumphed over nearly 200 other competitors on the nationally televised “Star” talent search. Emerging as the champion and grand prize winner, Shea went on to appear numerous times as a guest on the television show “Nashville Now.” He recorded his song “The Lord May Take Me” for Polygram Records, which was released to radio nationally and internationally. He also shot a companion video that was in rotation on TNN and CMT. Shea’s CD “The Road Less Traveled” has received airplay not only in his hometown of Buffalo, but across the U.S. and internationally. The artist has shared the stage with artists such as Vince Gill, Alabama, Wynona, Travis Tritt, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Van Shelton, Restless Heart, Suzy Boguss, Sawyer Brown, John Berry, Holly Dunn, Commander Cody and Asleep at the Wheel, among others.
Chris Panfil is a former Nashville touring and recording multi-instrumentalist who has toured with several Grand Ole Opry stars, such as Del Reeves and Jeannie Sealy. Panfil moved to Florida after high school to play fiddle with the sun coast bluegrass band “Bluegrass Southern Style” in the 1980s. This resulted in an album and several tours, including Europe and the Caribbean. Moving back to his native Buffalo just in time for the country music boom of the 1990s, Panfil joined the “J.C. Thompson Band,” a country rock cover band in Western New York. He played fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and guitar. He also joined up with “Creek Bend” to perform and play the northeastern United States festival circuit and record. Over the years, Panfil has recorded for Ani DiFranco, Mike Meldrum, Bob Evans, Tom Carle and more.
Doug Yeomans has been in the music-making business for four decades. He has traveled across America playing music in concert halls, festivals, clubs and private events. He navigates R&R, R&B, blues, country and bluegrass. In 2004, he was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and in 2001, he won the North American Rock Guitar Competition. The Buffalo Music Awards have named him Best Blues Guitarist, Best Country Guitarist and Best Bluegrass Guitarist.
Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. The show begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at springvillearts.org
or by phone at 592-9038. Tickets are also available at the door. Call 592-9038, for more information.