Roddy Read Memorial Song Writing Award 2017 – the 25th year of the awards
Applications for 2017 will open in July
The Roddy Read Memorial Song Writing Award is an integral part of the Maldon Folk Festival. Both professional and amateur budding songwriters are invited to apply.
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 of the festival concerts 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. Featuring both professional and amateur songwriters, the contest has become a popular event for both performers and patrons.
Entrants submit their songs in advance of the festival for a selection of final songs for judging on the Saturday afternoon. The song judged the winner at this concert will be awarded a guitar, courtesy of our sponsors. 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.
The song judged the winner at this concert will be awarded a guitar, courtesy of our sponsors. 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 any further clarification, contact the contest coordinator, Wendy Ealey, at the Roddy Read Memorial Songwriting Contest:
– Phone: (03) 9489 0504 or
– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Roddy Read Report
Wendy Ealey and Patrick Robertson
Coordinators, Songwriting Contests, Maldon Folk Festival
- 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
- 2009 Tony English
- 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’