FOLK SONG COMPETITION 2001

The 10th Lincolnshire Folk Song Competition took place on Thu 11 Oct 2001 at Spilsby Theatre. Here are details of the 10 songs which reached the finals of the 2001 competition. For more information scroll down our review of the songs to the link to BBC Radio Lincolnshire's website.

SONG COMPOSER PERFORMERS
1 Grantham On A Sunny Day Dave Wilson Winter Wilson
2 Ramble On The Viking Way Dave Evardson Dave Evardson
3 Out At Sea Penny Sykes Penny Sykes
4 Paul Dickinson Paul Dickinson Apple Crumble Court
5 H1 Tom Butterfield Tom Butterfield Band
6 Walk In The Lincolnshire Wolds Bert and Neil Bert and Neil
7 Jag Days Clarty Sough Clarty Sough & Steve Hindley
8 I'm Coming Home Mam Philip Quinn & Dave Woods Silver Birch
9 Nanny Rut Steve Redshaw The Redshaws
10 From Summerfields To Smithfield Square Campbell & Bellamy Campbell & Bellamy


SOME BACKGROUND TO 2001 SONGS

1/ Grantham On A Sunny Day (Winter Wilson) - Written after sitting in Grantham on a sunny day, and seeing an old woman sifting through the rubbish left over from the market stalls for scraps of food to supplement her diet for the coming week. Yes, even in a developed country like England, some people still cannot afford to buy fresh food - perhaps too, we throw away too much which people in other countries would savour as luxuries!

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2/ Walking In The Wolds (Dave & Julie Evardson) - Inspired by the wonderful Lincolnshire countryside around the Wolds, Dave & Julie love walking through the Wolds. Lincolnshire's not flat!

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3/ Out At Sea (Penny Sykes) - A song inspired by a sailing trip down the Witham to The Wash, on a sunny day

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Third Prize

4/ Apple Crumble Court (Paul Dickinson) - This was the name which was going to be given to a new housing development in Gosberton, as the pudding was the developers favourite dessert, until South Holland District Council decided that no way could Mr Hughes call the delevopment Apple Crumble Court

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5/ H1 - (Tom Butterfield Band) - John Harrison, a Lincolnshire engineer in the 18th century who build a clock for a local man, later he built longitude clock for sailors, this is the story of this new development that helped sailors tell the time accurately.

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6/ Walk On The Lincolnshire Wolds (Neil and Bert Fahey) - The second entry about wallking in the Wolds. Neil and Bert take the listener on a trip through the villages and natural landscape of Lincolnshire's Wolds.

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Winning Song + Musicans Union prize for 'Best Performance'

7/ Jag Days (Clarty Sough) - Clarty Sough is a Derbyshire phase for a bunged up drain in a lead mine! - Jag Day is an old celebration by the ploughmen of Lincolnshire, still celebrated once a year in the Coleby Plough Jag (Coleby, near Scunthorpe).

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8/ Nanny Rut (The Redshaws) - A song about a service girl working at Northorpe near Bourne, Nancy Rutter whose master took advantage of her - in shame she fled to the woods to give birth to her child - there she made her living selling potions for healing, but was never accepted by the village folk who whilst using her potions regarded her as the witch who lived in the woods.

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Second Prize

9/ I'm Coming Home Mam (Silver Birch) - The story from WW1 which surfaced earlier in 2001, when a grave containing soldiers remains was uncovered, buried together linked arm in arm, the soldiers were reputedly from the regiment nicknamed the 'Grimsby Chums' - the story and and the pointless loss of life, told in a song.

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10/ From Summerfields To Smithfield Square (Campbell & Bellamy) - The story of Ann Askew, a friend of Katherine Parr who was tortured and burnt at the stake in the reign Henry V111.

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