Battle of Harlaw - SC&T Songwriting Competition!
‘Battle of Harlaw’ Song Writing Competition
The Battle of Harlaw
24 July 1411
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.