In January 2014 the Illawarra Folk Festival inaugurated the John & Dale Dengate Award for Parody & John's mug became a perpetual trophy.
The winners also gets a mug that can be filled for free at the bar! Naturally the competition is held close to the end of the Festival ...
Entries can be songs or poems, old or new, the work of the performer or someone else.
ComradeSirBigRuss is MC & Dale Dengate is judge.
Report on 2018 concert
Perpetual trophy Mug, January 2014
MC ComradeSirBigRuss displaying the mug
2014 - Cathy Rytmeister - winner of the inaugural award with this song which John loved! Judges Rob & Olya Willis in the absence of Dale.
At the Cobargo Festival in February 2014 Dale gave Cathy the box it came in.
2015 - Mike Martin Judges - Dale Dengate & Rob Willis
Drawing of John by Mike, August 2013
Both poems, traditional songs and a variety of tunes were used as the vehicles to convey the strong and witty messages: the most important aspect of a parody. Many had great choruses which had the audience joining with gusto. It was not an easy task to declare a winner, but Mike Martin’s well sustained parody using the 'Shearer’s Dream’ claimed the parody mug.
Followed closely by Michael Cox criticism of the front bench, while drawing the line at Christopher Payne. Sue Gee found as did John Dengate that words quickly go out of date, with political content, nevertheless Sue’s song about the PUPs was worth a mention
R. Dale Dengate
2016 - Steve Wilson
2017 - Joint winners Jane Scott & Peter Hicks, with Jane getting the Parody mug.
Judges - Dale Dengate & Mairi Patersen
MC ComradeSirBigRuss announcing the engraver made a slight mistake on the drinking mug -
Illawarra Folk Festival Dale and John Dengate Award For Parody 2017 If You Don't Fight, You Loose - spellcheck or predictive text can't get the blame this time ...
Jane Scott - Songs that shake things up
Peter Hicks - The Wild Rorter
Jane & Peter shared the mug for the free drinks & Jane had her picture taken!
There were seven fine parody entries and each of them sustained the high standard of previous contests. Most had choruses and encouraged participation. John Tubridy started on a serious note with a salute to Leonard Cohen and others who died last year. Neil Rowsell accompanied himself with ukulele to wonder what we do with the drunken folkie? He included Russell Hannah, who was quite sober when we blew in the straw at the gates to test before driving!
Peter Willey is a well seasoned parody writer and humourist, who had us laughing with 'Thank god I’m a city boy' as well as his versions of the Haka.
It is always hard to pick just one for the trophy, but Jane got the Parody mug for 2017. She used Solidarity Forever as a recruiting song for the Solidarity Choir. Jane is well known for her poetry, but this time she sang and had us all joining songs that shake things up.
by R. Dale Dengate
(photos - Sandra Nixon)