Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary


The Oscar Preston Memorial Trophy

An annual competition to encourage solo traditional singing.
All welcome.
Come and enjoy hearing some of the finest local traditional singers compete for the trophy.
The evening will start and conclude with a ‘Wild ’n Woolly’ Music & Song session.
The Competition - 2023
Wednesday 15th November 2023 - The Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, PE6 9HP - 7.30 for 8pm start
Solo singers are invited to compete for this trophy by the singing of a traditional folk song, or a song composed in a traditional style
- which just means suitable to be sung in an acoustic, non-amplified setting. 
Entrants who need accompaniment must play their own instrument. It must be a solo performance.
The entrant must perform a song from memory and not rely on a prompt from written or printed text.
The winner to be decided upon by votes cast by the other entrants.
The winner shall hold the very handsome trophy for one year.
The Competition is sponsored by ‘Traditional Music & Song at The Barn in Baston’.
Prospective entrants must indicate their choice of song to Alan or Maggie Wood,
01778 560497 or by email by Wednesday 8th November 2023.
Previous winners:
2023: Ady Bull of Whittlesey, Cambs, with "The Ploughan's Way"
2022: Brian Kell of Whittlesey, with "I wish they'd do it now"
2021: Ollie Simons of Peterborough, with "Roll Down"
2019: Ady Bull of Whittlesey, Cambs, with "Fenblo"
2018: Anne Brown of Yaxley, Peterborough, with "Teaching my worm how to swim"
2017: Bob Fisher of Ringstead, Northants, with "The Ford of the Ise"
2016: Emily Key of Bourne, with "The Chemical Worker's Song"
2015: Jointly: Chris Sanders of Tansor, nr Oundle, with "Aldilidly", and Ian Fisher of Grantham, with "Grantham Market Place"
2014: Bob Fisher of Ringstead, Northants, with "The Egg Song"
2013: Ruth Price of Peterborough with "The Barley Queen"
2012: Brian Kell of Whittlesey with "My Grandfather's Ferret"
2011: Ruth Price of Peterborough with "The Rose of York"
The Voting
Only entrants to the competition will be entitled to vote.
Entrants must be present to hear all competing performances in order for their votes to be valid.
Each entrant will be able to cast a total of 5 votes.
3 votes is the maximum that you can allocated to one contestant.
Entrants will not be able to allocate any votes to themselves.
Further information from Alan or Maggie, as above.
This Competition tends to be very popular with audience as well as singers!
Come and enjoy hearing some of the finest local traditional singers compete for the trophy.
The evening will start and conclude with a ‘Wild ’n Woolly’ Music & Song session.

Write a Lincolnshire Song


Beneath the veneer of Lincolnshire's agricultural calmness there are many vibrant communities full of vigour and interest. The life and history of Lincolnshire is varied and full of interesting and exciting tales which we want to preserve by encouraging people to write songs about them.

We are appealing to all musicians and song writers to enter our competition to 'Write A Lincolnshire Song' about some aspect of Lincolnshire. It can be about the people, the countryside, the history or any other facet of the county as long as it reflects some aspect of Lincolnshire or Lincolnshire life and culture. All the entries will be assessed by our judging panel and the best songs/songwriters will be invited to perform at a special concert where the judges will select the top three songs and award the prizes.

The competition for 2023 is now open for entries and you have until midnight on Friday September 1st 2023 to submit your entry. The Finals Night concert will be held on Thursday 19th October. The venue will be the Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth, LN11 0BX. Doors will be open from 6.15pm and the concert will begin at 7.00pm. Tickets will cost £ 8.50 and will be available on the door or can be pre ordered from 

We know that this will generate much interest in the writers, songs and performers and provide a great night out for many music fans. So what are you waiting for? Get thinking and writing and get your entries in.

You can keep up to date with our efforts by visiting our Facebook page   for full details like Rules, and How to Enter and, as we are not sponsored, if you would like to help us by making a donation to help cover costs please send us an email  to find out how