BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE FOLK SONG COMPETITION 2000

The ninth annual Lincolnshire Folk Song Competition took place on Thursday 5th October 2000. The competition featured 11 songs which all had a Lincolnshire theme running through them. The quality of the songs must have left the judges panel with a very difficult decision to select three songs to award prizes to. After a long time they selected John Sykes's song 'Speed King' written about Lincolnshire motor racing legend Raymond Mays the founder of the ERA & BRM teams as the winning entry, with two runners-up, Dany Dalley's entry 'The Rusty Old Van' about working with Lincolnshire gangs, the song performed on the night by Dany's son Eddie, whilst 'The Drovers Clock' written by Penny Skyes & sung by daughter Miranda (who also played double bass on both songs) made it a family triumph for the Skyes family. For those who weren't in the capacity audience, BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be broadcasting a recording of the concert, probably over the Christmas holiday, it is also hoped that the songs heard in the final will be made available to a worldwide audience via the internet, on Lincolnshire Heritage's website.

The 11 songs that made this years final were (in running order)

SONG COMPOSER PERFORMERS
1 I Came & Brought You Music Nick O'Farrell Fiona Radford, Jane & Nick O'Farrell
2 Speed King John Sykes John & Miranda Sykes
3 Lindum Colonia Tom Butterfield Kesteven Green Folk Band
4 The Rusty Old Van Dany Dalley Eddie Dalley
5 The Castle Convicts Jill Bramham Jill Bramham
6 The Castle Carlton Dragon Phillip Quinn & Dave Woods Silver Birch
7 Lincolnshire Ghost Story Mark Campbell Mark Campbell & Paul Bellamy
8 The Drovers Clock Penny Sykes Penny & Miranda Sykes
9 The Plover Catcher Elizabeth Padgett Elizabeth Padgett & Penny Sykes
10 Dead Man's Hand Kim Biggs Phil & Kim Biggs
11 Anne Allen Chris & Sheena Liversidge Gentle Union

SOME BACKGROUND TO THIS YEAR'S SONGS

(as we recall!)

'I Came & Brought You Music' was written about a man who made Northumberland pipes & regularly performed in the Alford Craft Market music tent for many years.

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Winning Song

'Speed King' - The winning song recalls the Golden Age of British Motoring when the Lincolnshire town of Bourne was a main centre for British Motor Racing teams, legendary British Racing Cars / Teams, ERA & BRM were founded by Raymond Mays.

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'Lindum Colonia' - a song about the Roman colony of Lincoln.

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Second Runner-up

'The Rusty Old Van' - From the ancient to the modern, many people in the county have at some time or another had to work in gangs on the land, picking & packaging the vegetables that feed the UK & other countries. Not a pleasent way to earn a living, but sometimes there is no other work available, especially to young unskilled people. This song is about the rusty old vans that transport gangs to the fields!

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'The Castle Convicts' - a song about the convicts who were imprisoned & died within the walls of Lincoln Castle, there is a graveyard in the castle were those excuted are buried, initials carved into the castle stone by prisoners remain till this day.

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'The Castle Carlton Dragon' - A song about a real (or legendary!) beast that roamed in an area of Lincolnshire.

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'Lincolnshire Ghost Story' - a song that recounts an old Lincolnshire tale & what might have happened.

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First Runner-up

'The Drovers Clock' - A song about a clock in Holbeach which could be seen for many miles across the marshes that surrounded the town in days of old, if the drovers who drove animals across that treachous area lost sight of the clock face, they had strayed into the dangerous marshes!

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'The Plover Catcher' - the story of a man who caught Golden Plovers & Lapwings to sell in the city.

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'Dead Man's Hand' - a story of a gruesome trio who after a fellow gambler had died, dug up his body in the dead of night and played another 'rubber'!

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'Anne Allen' - A true story about the discovery of a former lifeboat which in its time saved 49 lives of the coast of Lincolnshire, before being decommissioned & its history almost lost, this song recounts the story of how one of those 49 lives was saved.