News – Rift 26 Hour Songwriting Contest


So we have sent out a prompt to 10 songwriters, to write a song about Money. They will be playing their song, Friday, May 20th at The Warming House in South Minneapolis. You can come and judge, pick your favorite new songs and the winner will get a fancy certificate to frame and put in their awards room.

– If you’d like to participate you can, just not in a live performance capacity. Write your song based on the prompt MONEY and post it on Facebook. Be sure to tag both The Warming House and Folks from both organizations will review all entries and proclaim an online winner on Saturday, May 21st. If you win you’ll get two free tickets to a show at The Warming House.

– We encourage everyone to come to the show on Friday and make a donation to one or both organizations. You can also donate online. A donation is not required for participation in the online contest.

Here is a list of the performers and a little blurb about each one of them.

Nigel Egg

Nigel Egg returned to music full-time in 2013 after working for 30 years with a Fortune 500 Insurance company where he was an expert on helping wealthy people use life insurance as a a tax shelter.
On Monday he will drive down to Texas for the Kerrville folk festival and stay through day 11. He has a couple of CDs out, lots of music online and if you google Nigel Egg you will find it.

Mother Banjo

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” by Inside Bluegrass Magazine, she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and She and her 5-piece Americana band will be kicking of a string of summer dates with a hometown show at the 331 Club on Thursday, May 26.

Dan Hylton

Dan Hylton is frontman for Minneapolis craft-pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales (formerly Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners), which is currently in the studio recording the EP “The Legendary Seasides.” They play next at Acadia Pub on June 18. More info at

Ben Cook Feltz

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz’s music has been described by Iowa Public Radio as “Paul Simon singing songs about broken hearts and pants.” He is currently playing every Tuesday in May at the 331 Club, promoting his 2015 release, She Doesn’t Believe Me. He also knows way too much about Godzilla movies.

Niki Becker

“Niki will be at The Nomad on June 5th and The Cabooze on June 9th with her full band. In her spare time not working on her music or her day job, Niki enjoys watching the same 4 shows on repeat and hanging out with her dog, Robbie – who also designed the artwork for her latest album, Reactor.”

Joe Fahey

Joe Fahey is a diverse singer songwriter, who does his own version of alternative folk. He just released his new album Somnambulist Chaser, and will be playing at the Mad Ripple Hootenanny on May 26th.

Brad Senne

Brad Senne is working on two new albums for 2016; a solo acoustic record and a full length album from his new rock band called Years from the Sun.

Brianna Lane

Brianna Lane released her 4th title, The Navigators Club, almost exactly a year ago. Then she went on to open this place. She is the Executive Director of the Warming House, a touring musician, a teacher at Twin Town Guitars, a doula, a step-mom, the partner of the guy who runs Farmstead Bike Shop (upstairs), and an aspiring long boarder.

Simon Husbands

Simon Husbands is originally from Nottingham, UK, and now based in the Twin Cities – he is a singer / songwriter, producer and performer. With his band Blue Train, he broke into the US charts in the early 90’s, had a song used in ‘Baywatch’, and is currently involved in the local music scene, most notably with ‘The Katy Vernon Band’ and ‘Thee Duke Of Dark’. Simon is also the host of the KFAI radio show ‘True Brit!’ every Friday night on 90.3 or 106.7 FM. Simon’s wife thinks he is somewhat good looking.

Frequency Collisions (Ryan Rud)

Frequency Collisions is a one man recording and performing project that mixes multiple genres and sounds to create heady, textured, and sonically rich music. It’s thought provoking music for those aimless drives with no particular destination. Much like those drives, Frequency Collision’s music can often be perfectly wandering…..and that’s ok.

Frequency Collision’s live performances are intimate, engaging and sonically lush. Making it a unique and emotional experience for the audience. Utilizing sounds from typical and not so typical sources, Frequency Collisions live shows create a canvas of sound that is warm and encompassing.