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Songwriters on the Plaza returns Dec. 12 with three local pros

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The Fort Myers Regional Library has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer free concerts of all original music by local artists. Concerts will take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza, 2450 First St. in the Fort Myers River District.
The seasonal event returns in December and continues through May.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, Tim McGeary, Barbara Chamberlain, and Ray Boone will take the outdoor stage at 6 p.m.
Bring a chair or a blanket. All shows will be moved to the meeting rooms located next to the amphitheater if needed depending on weather.
Tim McGeary hails from Naples where he has lived for the past 20 years. Tim has been writing songs and performing since the 80’s and was with the band “The Rescue” on AM records and toured with Billy Idol, Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, The Cure and many more. Tim’s songs have been on (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Glory Days) and movies like Girl Got Moe (HBO), He has opened for opened for The Black Crows, David Ball, Sherrie Austin, Confederate Railroad, Wet Willie, Rush Low and many more. Tim plays shows in SW Florida, Nashville and Europe.
Barbara Chamberlain has a passion for playing the guitar and singing harmony. Now that she is back to her beloved Southwest Florida, after some time in Michigan, you might find her performing several decades of multi genre music alone or with friends, while she works towards producing a CD. When not making music with her friends from Naples to Pine Island, she will be saving the bees, kayaking or fishing.
New ACMA member Ray Boone first arrived in Nashville in the early 1980s. He did not come to play music, he came as a music fan and to provide support for his songwriter cousin. His cousin, Larry Boone, was making his mark in country music as an award winning songwriter and an artist with Mercury Polygram.
Fast forward to 2007, Ray returned to Nashville as an award winning outdoor television producer. He produced RFDTV’s “Music and Motors” featuring Mike Curb’s NASCAR team and young country music stars in the making.
When a song he penned himself, “Totch Brown,” about a character from the Florida Everglades was being demoed, independent artist Rickie Lee Tanner decided to cut it on his album “This Here.”
A year later, country artist Jake Clayton cut two of his compositions, “Down with That” and “Old Red Barn.” The High South band had it’s first hit with his Co-write “All We Need”
He penned all his new EP releases of “Native Son,” “Island Songs” and “Legacy” and has co-written with some well-known hit songwriters Phoenix Mendoza, Keesy Timmer and Walker Hayes. His recordings also have been played on television shows. Today, Ray lives with his wife, Jody, in Cape Coral.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit promoting local artists who perform original songs.
The remaining dates are Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9 and May 14. For more about the ACMA, visit the website at americanacma.org and follow them on Facebook for updates.

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