EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB
SONGWRITING COMPETITION RULES


The date and the rules for the 45th Competition will be notified in the near future.

The rules for the 44th Competition are below, as a guide.

(closing date, midnight Monday 20 May 2019)

Please note that due to the volume of entries this year only one song was considered from each entrant (see 6 below)


RULES N REGS


1 The 44th annual Edinburgh Folk Club songwriting competition will be held on Wednesday 29 May 2019 in the The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh FC's current weekly meeting venue.

2. All entries must be submitted by email (see below) no later than midnight on the closing dates published in the headline to this page.

Late entries will not be accepted.

The song lyrics should be submitted preferably as a pdf file although word processor documents capable of being opened on a PC will be accepted.
The file must be submitted as an attachment to an email message.
Insert the writer's name, full postal address and contact telephone number in the body of the email.
It is helpful but not essential if the melody is also included.

Do not send cassettes, CDs, MP3s, MP4s or other recorded media; the judges have no facilities at hand on the night to listen to such.

3 The words of the song must be original.
The tune, subject to the usual copyright restrictions, may be that of another song.
Songs must have been written within the eighteen months immediately prior to the date of the competition, and not previously placed first, second or third in any other competition.

4 A maximum of two songs may be submitted to the competition.

5 A competition entrant should either be present to perform the song or make their own arrangements for another singer to do so.
The judges' decision will be, as far as is possible, independent of the quality of the performance.

6 If so many entries are received that it is evident they cannot all be performed in the time available on the evening of the competition, the Edinburgh Folk Club committee reserves the right to ask competitors to withdraw one of their two songs prior to the competition.

7 The winner of the competition holds the competition cup for a year.

8 The competition winner will receive a cash prize of £100.
The second and third placed writers will receive £50 and £30 respectively.

9 There will also be a voting paper for the audience and the writer of the song selected by the audience will receive an engraved tassie.

10 The judges reserve the right to make no award(s).

11 Entrants or their representatives must be at the venue and make themselves known to the MC no later than 7:45pm.

12 To help cover costs, there will be an entry charge for all persons on the evening although competition entrants will be admitted at a reduced rate of £5.


All competition entries should be emailed to this address.

(The link should open in your Mail client - if not then please cut and paste: efc1973songs@gmail.com )


44th Edinburgh Folk Club Songwriting Competition Entrants

in order of performance

Gareth Herron  Masks

Beth Malcolm (1st)       Choose My Company

Kevin Ferguson American Cowboy

Neil Fox Lay Your Brother Down

Ian Young (3rd) Monzievaird Hall

Kirsty Murray    Rock o' Ryvoan

Matthew Elton  The Key

Clare McBrien   Govanhill Baths

Terry Weston   Catch Me If You Can

Maureen Morris            Wife and Mother

theMany          The Love Temple

Bill Adair           A Threepenny Bit For Me

Christopher David Rogers          Who Put Bella In The Wychwood?

Fiona Mcandrew           Defying Gravity

Anna Durkacz    Fiddle in the Rain

Eric Sharp         Kibbutz

Jim Byrne         The Yellow Clock

Neil Spalding     Unchain the Unicorn

Bob Knight (2nd and Audience winner) With Me Always

Hugh Hoffman  New Age Man

George Machray           Jingling Geordie

 

 

EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB
44th SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Wednesday 29th May 2019
Results
The jury voted
1 Beth Malcolm "Choose My Company"
2 Bob Knight "You're With Me Always"
3 Ian Young "Monzievaird Hall"
 
The audience selected Bob Knight as the best performance

Choose My Company

(Words and music by Beth Malcolm (c) 2019)

October knocked you over
In November I can’t remember you being so
You being sober
October knocked you over
In November I, in November I lost you
I lost you to the wolves

I don’t know if you want me
Or if you want to run with the wolves
I don’t know if you can love me
And simultaneously run with the wolves

If you choose my company
I will bathe you in honey my dear
If you choose my company
I will bathe you in honey my dear

December I remember
Icicles forming on the wall between you and me
January, I miraculously felt the wall melting to water
And your arms were the bridge

I don’t know if you want me
Or if you want to run with the wolves
I don’t know if you can love me
And simultaneously run with the wolves

If you choose my company
I will bathe you in honey my dear
If you choose my company
I will bathe you in honey my dear

(Bridge)

February, we stuck two fingers up
To the full moon
For the first time, in a long time
I held the old you

In March
You marched right out of the woods
You brought no wolves,
You brought no wolves with you

Now I know that you want me
And you don’t want to run with the wolves
Now I know that you can love me
And simultaneously run with the wolves

And you chose my company,
And you bathed me in honey my dear
And you chose my company
And you bathed me in honey my dear


 

(43rd competition was cancelled)
42nd SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Wednesday 6 June 2018

Results

The jury voted
1. Chris Rogers - 'Lucida'


Lucida

Lyrics and music by Chris Rogers

LUCIDA DREAMS OF MIRRORS AND LOVERS, BY THE SCORE

OF SECRET ASSIGNATIONS AND A KNOCK UPON THE DOOR

OF HAPPY EVER AFTER, THROUGH THE FAMINE AND THE FEAST

OF EVERLASTING BEAUTY AND A BARGAIN WITH THE BEAST

 

LUCIDA HAS HER SECRETS AND SHE LOCKS THEM ALL AWAY

LOVERS CALL AT TWILIGHT, BUT NEVER SEE THE DAY

THE SUN WILL RISE AT MORNING AND TURN ANOTHER PAGE

BUT TIME HAS LOST ITS MEANING, FOR THE GIRL WHO CANNOT AGE

 

BRANCHES BEG, LIKE DROWNING MEN, REACHING FOR THE SKY

YOU STARE INTO THAT POOL AGAIN, TO CATCH LUCIDA’S EYE

THE DEVIL WON’T BE TURNED AWAY, HE ALWAYS HOLDS THE ACE

THE DAWNING OF ANOTHER DAY LIGHTS UP LUCIDA’S FACE

 

BUT BARGAINS CAN’T BE BROKEN AND THE DEBT, IT MUST BE PAID

AND NO REFLECTED BEAUTY COMES TO LUCIDA’S AID

THE COACHMAN CALLS AT MIDNIGHT, TO CARRY HER AWAY

THE WATER HIDES A SECRET AND THE PRICE SHE HAS TO PAY
 


Originally from North Wales, Chris Rogers emigrated to Scotland in 1982 and has been involved with the Scottish folk scene since the 1990s. A former member of Kagan, Chris now performs solo, mixing his own compositions with songs by writers such as Graham Parker, Peter Nardini, Randy Newman and Ian Anderson, all of whom feature in his current setlist. Lucida is Chris’ third winning entry to the competition, following earlier successes with Miss Willmott’s Ghost and From Bellshill to Barcelona, having already previously won the audience trophy with The Racecourse Reds and Blues. Committed to a philosophy of “free music for free thinkers”, Chris records at home and all his material is free to download at www.soundcloud.com/topher-gilpin. CDs are also available, on request, from tartanred@btinternet.com.