The 2017 MFC song competition took place at the club on Thursday 30th March 2017. There were thirteen songs performed and the results from the voting were:
A biennial competition to find
'A song written in the folk idiom which will continue to be sung in Folk Clubs'
Results and pictures from the 2015 competition are here.
1st place Common ground Mark Ashworth
2nd place Fire the lines David Fenner
3rd place Woods in Winter Steve Laughlin
commended Down among the dead men Richard Jenkins
Thanks to everyone who took part and especially to Malcolm Austen, guest compere for the night (and winner of the previous competition), and to Richard Jenkins for his sound/video recording work.
You can watch and hear the winning songs as performed on the night via the YouTube links below:
Common ground: https://youtu.be/7xi_VohY7JQ
Fire the lines: https://youtu.be/KjPsjPho_oM
Woods in Winter https://youtu.be/wbJ1nflxiLo
Down among the dead men: https://youtu.be/UyM90anqE3U
or listen to them via SoundCloud:
Here is the complete list of entries in the order they were performed on the night.
1 Birds of Rhiannon -- Jane and Mike Griffith-Ward
2 Birdwatch -- Mervyn Else
3 I’ll forgive you -- Bob Watson
4 Down among the dead men -- Richard Jenkins
5 7 Days in July -- Pat Watts
6 The dance of life -- Liz Weston
[7 The Lancashire cotton army -- Steve Donnelly] - withdrawn as Steve was unfortunately unable to attend on the night
8 The three keys to happiness -- Andrew Ball (lyrics), Alan Weston (music/arrangement)
9 Fire the lines -- David Fenner
10 You ‘ave got a difficult name -- Alan Fryer
11 The generic revolution song of 2017 -- Robin Devany
12 Woods in Winter -- Steve Laughlin
13 Where the wild rose hangs over the river -- Caroline Jackson-Houlston
14 Common ground -- Mark Ashworth