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- "Loch Ness Cafe" was a semifinalist in th 2012 UK Songwriting Contest in two categories: Jazz/Blues and Open.  Mike and Joe Giacoio now have lovely certificates, suitable for framing.

- "Softer Than Bullets" made it to the semifinals in the 2010 Music 2 Life Songwriting Contest, which features songs of social and political significance. This is the same contest (held every other year) in which "Cradle" was the 2003 Grand Prize winner. The finals are held in Kerrville, Texas, where we performed "Cradle" on the main stage of the Kerrville Folk Festival.

- "Loch Ness Cafe" was 6th place winner in the 2002 Just Plain Folks Lyrics Award Contest .  Nominees were selected from a field of 500 songs, voted by JPF members.

We played several showcases at the NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance conference, including the Martin Guitar showcase and our annual SongLand themed song swap - this year it was "The SongLand Grammies". Of course there were costumes, awards, speeches and confetti and it was lots of fun.

 - In September 2003 we flew to Kerrville, Texas, where we were a Main Stage Showcase Artist at the Southwest/Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.  We had a great time, heard lots of excellent original music, made new friends, hung out all night, and still found time to scoot over to San Antonio to see the Alamo - which we will always remember!

 - "I Was Born" just earned another award - this one's an Honorable Mention from the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest.

  - "Cradle" was a semi-finalist in the 2001 Great American Song Contest (out of 1400 entries).  They wrote, "Impressive work, especially the potent, thoughtful lyric.  Some exceptional images...very well-crafted, personalized song."  They also liked "Misery Loves Company": "Excellent songwriting talent!  Outstanding lyrical imagery."

  - We were featured (along with several of our singer/songwriter friends) in the July 2002 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine.  The article is called "Center Stage - six musicians from the lower Valley are poised for the big time."  

   - Check out the very nice May 2002 review of our CD on Rambles online magazine.  Mike likes this quote: "I defy any part of a long-term couple to listen to this song ["I'm Talking to You"] and not realize that the writer has captured life in five verses...a song with real observational insight."

   - "Land of Love" was a finalist in the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest... in the Gospel / Inspirational / Contemporary Christian category!

  - "I Was Born" earned Honorary Mention in The Great American Song Contest 2000.  They said, "Thoughtful and original... Outstanding songwriting.  Adventurous, highly creative lyrics.  Great melody and production touches.  I really admire this level of artistic songwriting.  Bravo!"