Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Sept 6, from 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking.
Songwriters in the round:
Sarah Poole, Abigail Eller, Taylor Martin and Wyatt Espalin
Two local female songwriters make their Savannah Songwriters debut Sun., Sept. 6, along with Hiawassee’s award-winning songwriter Wyatt Espalin. Savannah’s Taylor Martin returns for the first time in two years.
Savannah-born singer/songwriter Sarah Poole is an avid performer. A self-taught guitarist, Sarah draws inspiration from the 1990s grunge scene she grew up in.
Following in the footsteps of artists such as Jewel, Alanis Morissette, and Natalie Merchant, Sarah crafts her music based on her personal experiences and relationships.
A known personality in the Savannah music scene, Sarah has two EP’s under her belt. She currently lives in the Savannah area and aspires to become a full-time musician.
Abigail Eller is originally from Illinois, but moved south when she was a small child. She picked up the guitar a few years ago and decided to give it a go. After a few years of teaching herself, she has picked up many songs, and written a few of her own. She has always enjoyed the pleasure of singing and sharing her message. She also loves to act.
Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt Espalin’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with his friend, Cobi Ferguson to form the acclaimed Americana duo, Trees Leave.
After years of touring the duo broke up and while working as a raft guide and caring for his ailing grandfather, Wyatt began writing the songs for his debut album, The Pardon (2013).
His songs have garnered much attention winning the New Song Songwriting competition at the acclaimed L.E.A.F. festival in 2014. He also placed as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition and Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout.
Taylor Martin is originally from the mountains of north central Arkansas, but he’s lived in Savannah for a little over 10 years. He works as an outside salesman for a construction supply company and spend a great deal of time out on the roads of southeast Georgia.
While he’s been playing guitar most of his life, he began writing about 20 years ago, but he got serious about his songwriting the last 10 or so. I’ve really taken it more seriously in the last 10 to 15 years. “I love a good story, and I’ve always loved country and folk music because of its emphasis on good story telling,” Martin says.
He made SSS debut in 2013.
The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of original music, fostering an appreciation for Savannah’s songwriting community. Hosted at Johnny Harris Restaurant the first Sunday of each month, all shows are free and begin promptly at 6 pm.
If you are interested in playing, please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at savannahsongwriters.com