Having managed 50 consecutive festivals Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival was not willing to sit back and let this virus steal the 51st! Not even foot and mouth in 2001 stopped us. So we decided that this year the Holm festival would become ‘Virtually Holm’.
Whilst we cannot have the dances, sessions and singarounds we CAN man
age a few competitions via our Facebook page and so the 51st Festival is happening on the 4th July.
We have competitions for:
- Bored-er Ballad – a song written during and about the present crisis. (About could be quite elastic in definition of course . . . )
- Quarantunes – a tune written during the present mess and incorporating a 20 second hand washing section.
- Stationary Storytelling – a topical original story
- Rhyminations on Isolation – a topical poem
- Two doses of Traditional Medicine – a song or tune learnt during lockdown
- Original Instrument – Miscellaneous Tune – a tune played on something not usually used as an instrument.
We have some special awards for those who do imaginative things with a loo roll inner, or wear fancy dress, or capture the essence of the Holm in their entry; and we have a lovely bunch of judges as always, including Susie Kelly, Carol Anderson, Anita John, Jess Smith, and Annie Reid.
There is no charge for entering any of the competitions and if we get entries from under 16s they will be judged as a separate class unless the entry specifies they wish to enter as an adult.
Entries are by video (mp4 if poss please) to our Facebook mailbox, or via email@example.com – although we’d also take audio recordings, and written submissions for the poetry, if people really don’t fancy a video.
Our closing date is the 28th June – but as we seem to take entries at the last minute normally, then we’ll take them as long as they arrive in time for us to send to the judges – but NO later than lunchtime Friday 3rd!!!