Gordie Sampson given honorary degree by St. FX

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Big Pond native performing two Cape Breton shows this week

SYDNEY — The honours keep rolling in for Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson.

Gordie Sampson is hosting a songwriters circle during Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney this weekend.

Just last week the Big Pond native was bestowed an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University during their fall convocation Dec. 7 at the Charles V. Keating Centre in Antigonish.


This week Sampson is back home in Cape Breton with two shows on his schedule. He's set to perform tonight at 8 p.m. at the Louisbourg Playhouse, where he'll be joined by musicians Ed Woodsworth and Zach MacLean. Friday night, Sampson will be on stage at 8 p.m. at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre's Shannon Studio.


A Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Sampson now resides and writes in Nashville, where his songs have been covered by a long list of the country music's biggest stars including Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts. Sampson also maintains a successful solo music career and returns frequently to Cape Breton to perform on the island, as well as across Canada.


He has released four solo albums and has won two Juno Awards, a Nashville Songwriters’ Association Award, a Canadian Country Music Award, and numerous East Coast Music Awards.


In 2010, he started the Gordie Sampson Songcamp to give young Nova Scotian songwriters the opportunity to learn and develop their skills, while building relationships with their peers. The camp is held each summer in Ingonish.


Most recently, Sampson played a marquee role in Nova Scotia Music Week, which was hosted in Sydney for the first time in November. He hosted a couple of the week's biggest events and also led some of the workshops.


Tickets to Sampson's performance in Louisbourg are $27 and are available through the Louisbourg Playhouse box office, which can be reached by phone at 733-2996. Tickets to his show in Port Hawkesbury are $20 and are available through the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, by phone at 625-2591, or online at www.phcivic.com.

Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University, East Coast Music Awards.In 2010, Nova Scotia Music Week

Geographic location: Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton, Nashville Ingonish.Most recently Sydney Louisbourg

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