We are delighted to announce two competitions to take place at this year’s Furness Tradition Festival.

First is the return of the Dance Tune Competition.
Competitors are invited to compose a traditional style dance tune – jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes etc.

Entry is open to all. The winning tune may be played during the festival and may be published in a booklet. The winner(s) will be awarded the John Hazlehurst Memorial Trophy* plus a £50 cash prize.

Second – is a Song Writing Competition.

You are invited to write a song on the theme of Cumbrian people, culture and history.

Entry is open to all. The winning song may be played during the festival and may be published in a booklet.

The winner(s) will be awarded a £50 cash prize.

Your song will be judged for its merit, not the quality of recording!

*John Hazlehurst was a good friend and supporter to Furness Tradition for many years. He was a member of the Old Friends Band for 20 years. John was a long-time member of Furness Morris as a Dancer, Fool, and much respected musician. His ability as a Morris musician playing the Anglo Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes, was second to none. He provided musical accompaniment to Furness Clog Dancers, and was a stalwart of the Furness Tradition Community Band.

He published his own tune book ‘Phizacklea’s Fandangle’ which is available from Furness Tradition. All the proceeds from its sales are donated to ANTBA (Association Nationale pour la Traduction de la Bible et l’Alphabetisation) the biggest provider of ‘mother tongue’ literacy classes and materials in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest nations in the world. This generosity is typical of John. Furness Tradition has worked in conjunction with his family who wish to commemorate him with this trophy.
We remember him as a wonderful musician, composer of many fine local tunes, possessing a quiet sense of humour, and a loyal friend. And, to cap it all, he was an all-round nice guy! John was a lovely man, gentle nature, quiet, patient and committed. The world is a poorer place without him.