Category Archives: Song and Tune Writing Awards

2016 Song and Tune Writing Awards Winners

Once again 2016 saw a wonderful batch of entries for our Song and Tune Writing Awards. Thank you to all who participated by writing and submitting songs and tunes. The Awards Concert was held on Saturday the 22nd October to feature all those who were able to come and perform. The outcome of the competition was as follows:

  •  Song Winner: Teresa Young with Melton Mowbray

  • Tune Winner: Michael Horton with Sliding Down Mt Amos

  • Under 19s Winner: Celeste Meincke with Underneath

  • People’s Choice Winner: Teresa Young

Well done to all those who submitted entries and thank you for supporting this competition, please keep those creative cogs turning for the 2017 competition. Congratulations to the winners and thank you very much to those who make it all happen, particularly our Competition Co-ordinator, Peter Hicks and also this year’s judges, Helen Morrison and David Beniuk.

2016 Song and Tune Writing Awards

“for an original song or tune in traditional or contemporary folk style”

  • See entry form: Folk Federation of Tas Song Writing award entry form 2016
  • These awards are made to encourage creative music writing in Tasmania.
  • An independent panel of judges will announce the major awards at a concert on Saturday 22nd October
  • The concert will feature the finalists. The judge’s decision will be made before the night but not announced until during the concert. A People’s Choice award will be decided on the night.

There are three categories, plus a Peoples’ Choice on the night of the concert 

  • Mike Silverwood Memorial Song Writing Award 1st $150
  • Instrumental Award 1st $150
  • Under 19 Song or Instrumental Award 1st $150
  • People’s Choice Award 1st $50

Entries to be submitted by Friday 30th September 2016

Further information: ring Peter on 0409 216 752

Further details are on the entry form: Folk Federation of Tas Song Writing award entry form 2016

2015 Song and Tune Writing Awards Winners

Thanks to all those who participated in writing and submitting your songs and tunes for this year’s FFT Song and Tune awards.  We were fortunate to have a wonderful concert featuring those who could make the event last night.  Just to let you know the outcome  for 2015.

  • Song winner was Conn O’Neill and Stephen Bourke with “Men of the Derwent”
  • Runner up was Jane Germain with – “Living on the Edge” and
  • Encouragement award went to Anthony Aylward – for “The Little Pit Pony”
  • Tune writing prize was to Emily Wolfe for “The World of Beatrix Potter”
  • People’s Choice award on the night went to Conn O’Neill

Once again I would like to congratulate the winners but thank everyone for your participation and hope you are sharpening up your pencils for another crack at it next year….keep in touch with the Folk Federation of Tasmania – and look out for details on the website – folktas.org

 

Thanks, Peter – October 2015

2013 Song and Tune Writing Awards

“for an original song or tune in traditional or contemporary folk style”

  • These awards are made to encourage creative music writing in Tasmania.
  • An independent panel of judges will announce the major awards at a concert at Brookfield Margate on Saturday 16th November, time 7:00pm
  • The concert will feature all acts that have submitted applications and wish to perform. The judge’s decision will be made before the night but not announced until during the concert. A People’s Choice award will be decided on the night.

There are three categories, plus a Peoples’ Choice on the night of the concert 

  • Mike Silverwood Memorial Song Writing Award 1st $150
  • Instrumental Award 1st $150
  • Under 19 Song or Instrumental Award 1st $150
  • People’s Choice Award 1st $50

Eligible songs and tunes must be composed by a resident of Tasmania and must not have been entered in any other competition. They should be suitable for performance at the live concert. A composer can select a performer of their choice.
Entries to be submitted by Friday 20th September 2013 either:

  • on a CD, clearly showing the name of the entry, with name, address, and telephone number, to Peter Hicks, 1123 Pelverata Rd, Pelverata Tas 7150. Please include two copies of the song lyrics (without the artist’s name on them).
  • by email of mp3 file plus wordprocessed/txt documents of lyrics (don’t include artist’s name on song lyrics). Send to peterhickstas@hotmail.com.

Entries will be judged on the submitted recording only. Please indicate if performer is not the composer.
Tasmanian themes are strongly encouraged. There is a preference for simple arrangements – e.g., one guitar/instrument plus vocal.

Entry fee is $10 per piece, free if current member of FFT. Payment by cheque or by direct transfer to BSB: 633 000, Acct: 149 267 056, Name: Folk Federation of Tasmania, Bank: Bendigo with a description/memo of your surname and an email to peterhickstas@hotmail.com confirming payment.

Limit of 2 pieces per category.
Judges’ decisions will be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
Judging criteria is that the song or tune fits comfortably into the “folk genre”. Generally this means acoustic pieces – but special consideration will be given to whether or not the song or tune fits into the “tradition of folk music” be that Celtic, Balkan, Anglo, American or good old Australian styles.

Further information: ring Peter on 0409 216 752

2012 Song and Tune Writing Award Winners

2012 SONG AND TUNE WRITING AWARD WINNERS

“for an original song or tune in traditional or contemporary folk style”

A BIG thank you to all the entrants, participants, supporters, judges, hosts etc for another successful Folk Federation of Tasmania Mike Silverwood Memorial Songwriters Award, writes Peter Hicks.

There were so many great entrants – over 20 beautiful and thought provoking songs….and there can only be one winner (well three in fact….)

Mike Silverwood Memorial Song Writing Award $150

Patrick Gambles:   All Along The DayPatrick Gambles

Instrumental Award $150

Paddy Riley:    Minor Changes

Under 19 song or instrumental Award $150

Josephine Parker: Two birds One Stone

People’s Choice Peoples Choice Award $50

Patrick Gambles

The judges gave a special mention to Shaun Pearce for his “chain gang”

Mike Silverwood, whose is commemoriated in the name of the major award, was a folky from northern Tasmania who worked a lot with youth in the criminal justice section.

He was also the piano accordion player with the top northern band Rough Bark, who played for dances, concerts, benefits and rallies. They were fantastic.
He wrote quirky songs and tunes, had a great sense of humour. At a session with the Chieftains in Launceston Matt Molloy famously asked who the chap was with the epileptic caterpillar, which adequately describes Mike’s individual accordion playing.

He was also a regular contributor to folk events as a musician/singer in the north.

These awards are made to encourage creative music writing in Tasmania.

  • An independent panel of judges  announced the major awards at a concert
    Friday 16th November 2012 at Brookfield Margate
  • The concert featured the finalists.

Judging criteria was that the song or tune fit comfortably into the “folk genre”.  Generally this means acoustic pieces – but special consideration was be given to whether or not the song fits into the “tradition of folk song” be that Celtic, Balkan, Anglo, American or good old Australian styles.