Competitions

The competitions are held in The Westcliffe Hotel on Saturday morning with Maggie Macrae as host. All entries are very welcome!


Traditional Songwriting Competition

Saturday 30th April – 11:00am
The Westcliffe Hotel

Entries are invited for the Traditional Songwriting Competition.

To enter, please show up in good time at the start of the competition ready to sing your song (or bring someone who can!).

Looking for some inspiration?

Take a listen to this selection of archival recordings from the 1989 songwriting competition made by Dr Margaret Bennett and hosted on Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches

Anne Neilson sings Ian Davison’s My Love of You in 1989

Unknown contributor to the Girvan Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, 1989

Norman Stewart sings his own The Shores of Loch Duich


Traditional Singing Competition

Saturday 30th April – 12:00am (follows on directly after Songwriting Competition)
The Westcliffe Hotel

Entries are invited to the Traditional Singing Competition.

A singing competition has been a part of Girvan Festival since our very first Festival in 1975.

The singing will follow on directly from the songwriting and so may start before 12. To enter, please be in good time for the start of the competition.

Norman Stewart sings the The Iolaire at the 1989 ‘Songs of the Sea’ singing competition


  What do we mean by ‘traditional’ song?

Our judges will decide which characteristics of any performance define it as being traditional. The tradition is a living thing and we do not exclude songs e.g. from the singing competition on the basis of the fact that we know who wrote it (as some other competitions may do!). However, as with many things in life, the judges’ decision is final!!!


Tobar an Dualchais logoArchival recordings embedded on this site by kind permission of Tobar an Dualchais.