Wednesday 6 June 2018

(closing date, midnight Monday 28 May 2018)


1 The 2018 Annual Song Writing Competition (#42) will take place in the The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh FC's current weekly meeting venue, on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 8pm

2 All entries must be submitted by email (see below) no later than midnight on Monday 28 May 2018.
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, 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.

Wednesday 17 May 2017


The jury voted
1. Ian Young - 'Time and Tide'

Time and Tide

Lyrics and music by Ian Young

The winter brings the snowdrops, the bluebells colour spring,
The summer scent of clover, and autumn seeds soar on the wing.
The time of our lives and the rhythm of our days,
Take a moment with the flowers, time and tide they will not wait.

They will not wait, time and tide they will not wait,
Take a moment with the flowers, time and tide they will not wait.

You have stood on Malin Head and felt the great Atlantic swell,
With the Orca swimming south, before the northern darkness fell.
You have kissed Kintail’s Five Sisters, walking by the Spanteach Hill,
Where your ancestors tread, now their voice is quiet and still.


The chill of the desert dawn and the hot rocks of Yellowstone,
You’ve tramped the Southern Alps, where Hillary’s skills were honed.
The Pacific’s silver spray and Samarkand’s golden domes,
You’ve seen wonders in this world, and felt the joy of coming home.


The seasons they seem shorter now and some old friends have gone,
But their voices sometimes echo through life’s busy throng,
Our lives are but a heartbeat in an endless song of fate,
Take a moment with the flowers, time and tide they will not wait.


Repeat Verse 1 and double chorus.

time-and-tide-music.mp3 Intro and a verse and chorus 2.21 MB