• Competitors are invited to compose a traditional dance tune – jig, reel, hornpipe, polka, waltz, etc.
  • The competition is open to all.
  • The tune must be an original tune and must not have been entered into any other competition.
  • The copyright will remain the property of the composer, but Furness Tradition reserve the right to publish the tune in book form.
  • The closing date for entry is 30 June 2024.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

The form of the Competition

  • The composer can either play their own tune or nominate a musician(s) to play it for them.
  • The judging will take place during the early  July. Venue to be announced.
  • The competition will be for the John Hazlehurst Memorial Trophy. The winner’s name shall be inscribed onto the larger trophy. A smaller one to be given to and kept by the winner, plus a £50 cash prize.
  • Winning tune to be played during the Festival where the presentation will take place.
  • Furness Tradition reserves the right to publish all the tunes entered in a booklet.

Judging criteria:

  • All categories marks out of 10:
  • Danceability
  • Quality of melody

To enter, please fill in the form below.