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Published on February 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Great Geordie Song Contest

Are you the next Sting, Mark Knopfler, or Alex Glasgow? Or further back, Joe Wilson, Geordie Ridley or Ned Corvan? If so, The Great Geordie Song Contest is right up your street, because the winner of this great new competition will have their song performed at Sage Gateshead in November during the Joe Wilson Night 2020.

Playwright Ed Waugh is promoting the North East-wide song contest with Cheers magazine editor Alastair Gilmour. Ed, who has written and produced such hit shows as Hadaway Harry, Carrying David, The Great Joe Wilson, Mr Corvan’s Music Hall and The Great Geordie Songbook, says: “Following the success of The Great Geordie Songbook production late last year, Sage Gateshead were keen for our next project, given previous huge successes of The Great Joe Wilson and Mr Corvan’s Music Hall.

“We have put on Joe Wilson Night for the past three years at Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle. The annual event, on November 29, marks the 1841 birth date of ‘The Bard of Tyneside’, a prolific singer/songwriter whose 360 songs include Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny.

“Joe Wilson Night always sold out the Irish Centre because it is different every time. Hence, we are bringing a new Joe Wilson Night to Sage Gateshead and the idea of a song contest came up to give someone a chance to have their composition played professionally to an audience of around 500 people.”

Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for singer/songwriters. We are looking for songs about working class life in the North East. They can be overtly political, observational, comedic or love songs. Also on the judging panel are Geordie music legend Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne and song writer/producer Jordan Miller, who was musical director of The Great Joe Wilson and The Great Geordie Songbook.

Visit the Cheers magazine website (www.cheersnortheast.co.uk) for more details and how to enter. The new closing date for entries is Friday April 17 after which the judges will select six songs to go through to the final to be held at a date to be decided later this year at Prohibition, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW.

The final, hosted by comedian Gavin Webster, will also feature Great Geordie Songbook star Micky Cochrane and guitarist Stephen Cochrane. Tickets for the show are strictly limited to 40. Tickets cost £10 from: ed.waugh1959@gmail.com or call 07960 066 377.

The song competition rules are as follows:

1. Only one entry per person, who will perform solo on the night

2. Three minutes maximum length.

3. Original and not previously released

4. Entries will be via Cheers North East website (www.cheersnortheast.co.uk). Digital sound files (eg MP3) emailed via WeTransfer to info@cheersnortheast.co.uk Lyrics to be written into the body of the email, header marked Great Geordie Song Contest.

5. The copyright remains with the writer

6. The winning song will be performed at Joe Wilson Night 2020 (November 29)

7. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


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