EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB
SONGWRITING COMPETITION RULES
The 44th Competition will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019
There is no theme to adhere to for this competition
(closing date, midnight Monday 20 May 2019)
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.
42nd SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Wednesday 6 June 2018
The jury voted
1. Chris Rogers - '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 firstname.lastname@example.org.