Songwriting Competition will remember music stalwart

The organisers of Bedale's Acoustic Music Festival - BAMfest - have announced details of their 2014 Songwriting Competition.

The competition, which was launched last year as part of the first-ever BAMfest, was a huge success, with entries from songwriters young and old.

The competition was won David Swann from Pickering, North Yorkshire, with his song "Woven Through Herringbone".

David was presented with The Harvey Blogg Cup, in memory of Harvey, who was a source of inspiration and encouragement to many local musicians in the Bedale area. There was also a £50 cash prize.

This year entries are invited from songwriters, who must supply a copy of their song lyrics. All songs must be singer's original work and unrecorded.

Entries can be sent to or posted at the Festival Office during the music festival, which runs from Friday May 30 until June 1 this year.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Saturday May 31. A draw will be made for the running order and this will be posted in Festival Office.

The competition will take place on Sunday June 1, between 10.30am and 12.30am.

Organiser John Knighton said: "Last year's competition was really wonderful with such a wide variety of material - and such a high standard. We are delighted that award-winning singer/songwriter Henry Priestman has once again agreed to be one our judges.- even though he knows what a tough job it will be!

"I would encourage anyone, young or old, if they have a song in them to share it. One of last year's entrants, Gina McCann, came second. She was only 14 years old. This year she is appearing as part of the main Festival."

The deadline to get earlybird weekend tickets for BAMfest, which was voted one of the top ten family-friendly festivals in the UK, is March 31 Other ticket options, including day tickets, are available from the festival website,

BAMfest is a three-day acoustic music festival that will see eleven concerts over the weekend featuring artists such as Martin Carthy, The Blues Band, Babajack, Jez Lowe, and The Young'uns.


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