The passing of John Hazlehurst affected us all at Furness Tradition, and with John writing so many good tunes – see his book Phizacklea’s Fandangle – it was felt a tune writing competition would be a good way to remember him and spur on the writing of more contemporary traditional dance tunes.
Rose Hazlehurst and family encouraged the idea and kindly donated a wonderful shield and a £50 prize to the winner.
The competition was held on 11th July 2018 and the entrants drew lots for the order of play.
- Jig. Grandads’ Gallop or Jig for John, by Alan Bolt, played on recorder by Alison Bolt.
- Waltz. How’s the View by Peter Corkhill & Hillary Read Griffiths. Played on fiddles.
- Waltz. The Sweet Pea Waltz by Gill Lowden. Played on Folk Lever Harp.
- Jig. The In – Between Jig by Becky Jones played on Tin Whistle.
- Hornpipe. Cheap Street by Steve Gillings. Played on Mandolin.
The tunes were of a high standard, and after much deliberation the judges Mike Kermode, Rosie Hazlehurst and Robin Dawson chose the Sweet Pea Waltz by Gill Lowden as the winning tune.
This book is the result of that competition.