As I cam by the Garioch land an doun by Netherha
There were fifty thoosan Hielan men a-marching tae Harlaw
And sing diddy-aye-o sing fal-the-doh sing diddy-aye-o-aye-ay
From the ballad as sung by Jeannie Robertson
To mark the 600-year anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw of 1411, one of the bloodiest battles of the medieval period in Scotland, Scottish Culture and Traditions Association (SC&T) is organising a song writing competition.
The winner will be awarded a cash prize plus the opportunity to perform the song or have it performed by others at a concert on 9 June 2011 in the Town and County Hall of Aberdeen Town House, organised by the Elphinstone Institute.
Closing date: 9 May 2011
Find out more about the Battle of Harlaw on Historic Scotland's website here>.
Please read the competitions rules carefully:
Anyone may enter the competition.
Each song submitted must be the contestant's own original work and must not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
A song may have co-writers.
The song must have been written within the past twelve months and have not previously been placed first, second or third in any competition.
Entries must be submitted as mp3 files on a CD, or a memory stick, or as a file attached to an email.
Please submit your entry to SC&T at the address below and mark it ‘Harlaw Song Writing Competition’.
The words of the song, as an MS Word file, must be included, together with your name, full postal address, contact telephone number and an email address.
It is the entrant’s responsibility to check that all recordings and files are playing correctly before submitting his/her work. Faulty non-playing recordings will be void.
No changes may be made to song entries after submission.
Contestants may enter a maximum of two songs.
Songs will be judged on the basis of composition, lyrics, melody, and originality. The quality of performance, vocals and production will not be a consideration.
The song should reflect in some way the Battle of Harlaw.
The song can be set to an original tune or to a traditional air adapted to suit.
Entry in the SC&T Song Writing Competition constitutes permission to use the winner’s names, recordings, etc., for promotional purposes for SC&T.
All entrants will retain their full ownership and all copyrights to all songs submitted.
The decisions of the SC&T judges will be final in all matters relating to the competition.
All entries must be received by 5.00 pm on the 9 May 2011. Late entries will not be accepted.
To print out a copy of the rules click here. You can also email the SC&T Office firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postal address to have a copy posted out to you.
A DAY OF SONG
'A Day of Song' aims to raise the profile of contemporary traditional singing as an art form and to raise awareness of the rich resources available to today's singers of the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, gathered here in the North-East of Scotland between 1904 and 1914.
We aim to create a celebration and encourage young singers, and those new to the art, to see the potential for artistic development and new interpretations of this repertoire.
We hope you can join us for our Day of Song at the Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building King's College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA
10:30-11:15 The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, with Katherine Campbell
11:30-12:30 Language and the Land - North-East Scots in Song, with Frieda Morrison, with Aileen Carr and Scott Gardiner
Singing the Greig-Duncan: Learning Songs from the Collections, with Jo Miller
Ensemble Singing, with Christine Kydd
Local Songs for Local Singers, with Arthur Watson
Songwriting using Scots, with Bob Knight
7:00-10:00 Evening Concert
With Frieda Morrison (compere) with Sarah Beattie, Christine Kydd, Janice Reavell, Scott Gardiner, Aileen Carr, and Elizabeth Stewart