Roddy Read Memorial Song Writing Award 2019 – the 27th year of the awards
Applications for 2019 are now open and will close online 9th Sept and by mail on 13th Sept 2019.
The Roddy Read Memorial Song Writing Award is an integral part of the Maldon Folk Festival. Both professional and amateur songwriters are invited to apply. It is again generously sponsored by Maton Guitars. Thank you to Neville and Linda Kitchen, and Pat Evans from Maton.
This song writing contest commemorates the long-standing contribution to the festival by the late Roddy Read. Roddy was the masterful, witty, humourous, ‘no-nonsense’ MC and co-organiser of the festival for many years.
Sadly, Roddy passed away in 1992 but hopefully this award will in some measure ensure that his contribution to Maldon is not forgotten. The contest has become a popular event for both performers and patrons.
Entrants submit their songs in advance of the festival for selection as final songs for judging on the Saturday afternoon.
The song judged the winner at this concert will be awarded a guitar, courtesy of our sponsor, Maton. They will also receive the unique Roddy Read trophy. In addition, the winner will perform their song at the Sunday Main Stage Concert and will be guaranteed a programmed gig at the following Maldon Folk Festival.
If you need further clarification, contact the contest coordinator, Wendy Ealey, at the Roddy Read Memorial Songwriting Contest:
– Phone: (03) 9489 0504 or
– Email: email@example.com
2018 was a big year for the Roddy Read Memorial Songwriters’ Award with the 25th Anniversary Retrospective Concert which was very special indeed. Thanks to so many past winners for their participation and good wishes. A rare and wonderful event.
However, it was also a sad year for us with the death of one of our selection panel who has been a stalwart member since we inherited the role of organisers of the Roddy Read in about 2007. This phase of the process is usually conducted anonymously but we really wanted to honour our dear friend Malcolm.
Malcolm J Turnbull was a musical mentor to many and a songwriter of skill and heart. As Warren Fahey wrote of him in his Australian Folklore essay “A veteran of the early Tasmanian folk scene Malcolm has also published extensively on the Australian folk revival in the magazines Trad & Now, Australian Tradition, Drumbeat, In-folkus, Town Crier, Folk Rag, Cornstalk Gazette and Australian Music Museum. As a performer, he sings an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary material with a specific emphasis on neglected songs by Tasmanian writers.”
He was hospitalised on the day the 2018 selection panel convened and died a fortnight later. We still think it must be some awful mistake, and will miss his kindness, friendship and his contribution to the Roddy Read this year very much.
We also farewelled Janette Geri who had willingly served as a judge at the finals concert in the past and brought to the task her warmth and humour.
There was a lovely collection of songs entered in the 2018 award itself and the finalists were decided upon with little hesitation at the prejudging stage. A fantastic range of songs.
Young writers and performers were heavily represented and the quality was – frankly gobsmacking. What sort of brain food are they feeding these young people? Just an amazing standard of nuanced writing, performance and competence.
The winning song in the 2018 Roddy Read Memorial Songwriting award was Ellanore, written and performed by Hannah Schmidli. A cracker of a song. (Hannah was 17yrs old at this comp.)
As ever the finals concert was a delicious and uplifting afternoon of good fellowship and music. I just love the way it comes together with the songwriters sharing their nerves and their love of their craft and supporting one another with good humour and the mutual understanding of like-minded souls.
We encourage everyone with a song in their heart, and earworm they want to tame, or an idea running around in their brain to put their musical skates on and enter this the 2019 Roddy Read Memorial Songwriters’ award.
- 2018 Hannah Schmidli “Ellanore”
- 2017 Cathy Dobson “Jericho Rose”
- 2016 Tracey Hogue “Forget You Not”
- 2015 Peny Bohan “Jonny”
- 2014 Ann-Maree McKee & Bernard Robertson “If you”
- 2013 Melissa Main “Black Silk”
- 2012 Michael Waugh “Heyfield Girl”
- 2011 Olivia Hally & Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) “Hanging Around”
- 2010 Lauren Lee Williams “Stash Your Dreams”
- 2009 Tony English “Leaving Liverpool”
- 2008 Geoff McArthur ‘Sparkle and Shine’
- 2007 Rose Bygrave ‘Erarerama’
- 2006 Neil Robertson ‘Celebration’
- 2005 Heidi Hibberd ‘Lyndee I Have Lost Your Number’
- 2004 Mark Cryle ‘Anytime You’d Fall’
- 2003 Caithlin Meave ‘Buddha and Steel’
- 2002 Bruce Watson ‘Dad’s Clothes’
- 2001 Bek Fletcher ‘Fly’
- 2000 Ben Smith ‘One Little Black Face’
- 1999 Graham Dodsworth ‘Excuse Me’
- 1998 Mark Jackson & Cassy Nunan ‘I Just Received’
- 1997 Tiffany Eckhardt ‘On My Knees’
- 1996 Geraldine Hughes ‘Caravans’
- 1995 Enda Kenny ‘My Own Road’
- 1994 Steve Dennis ‘Don’t Cry for Me’
- 1993 Don Cowling ‘The Ordinary Man’