Tuesday 26 June 2018

John Dengate Political Songwriting Competition, Gulgong Folk Festival, 2017- won by Derek Dowding

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The winner was Derek Dowding with his excellent parody Mr Minister to the tune of Mr Piano Man by Billy Joel

Thanks to the Di Clifford of the Gulgong Folk Festival committee for obtaining permission from Derek for us to publish it.

Letter to the editor of the Mudgee Guardian by Di   A popular highlight of the 2017 Festival was the John Dengate songwriting competition, flushing out parody writers. This NYE afternoon session in the CWA Hall played to a capacity crowd, with ten people offering an item of interest, and 85 minutes of amusing entertainment. Some entrants possibly known to locals included Jean Hydleman and Blue Hutchison. The judges, including Ross Kurtz and Ray Loughlin, had some difficulty in choosing a winner, but eventually Derek Dowding from Wallsend did prevail, with a ditty entitled 'Mister Minister' set to the tune of Billy Joel's song, 'Piano Man'. A fine parody.



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