The Milkmaid Songwriting Competition


What is it?

About the competition

Now in its fifth year, the competition will run on Tuesdays in February / March 2018 with the final on tba. Open to all acts from solo to full bands. Perform a warm up and an original song as your entry.

How do I enter?

How to enter

If you have any questions or would like to book a place in this years event please visit the Contact page.


3rd April 2018
Competition Winner
Bryan Causton & Penni McLaren-Walker

Many thanks to everyone who entered this year and to all who helped make this a great competition.

20th March 2018
Lineup for Final - 3rd April 2018 8pm
The Penland Phezants
Zeph Brown
Bryan Causton & Penni McLaren-Walker
Ludlam Pikes
The Larks
Warm Up - Tony Phillips
20th March 2018
Heat 2 Winner
The Penland Phezants
13th March 2018
Heat 4 Winner
Ludlam Pikes
6th March 2018
Heat 3 Winner
20th February 2018
Heat 1 Winner
The Larks
27th February 2018
Heat 2 Postponed
Heat 2 will now take place on Tuesday 20th March 2018
27th February 2018
Final Postponed
Final will now take place on tba
28th January 2018
Draw for the 2018 Songwriting Competition.
Heat 1 - Tuesday 20th February 2018

Barkis Is Willing
The Larks
David Black
Baden Aldridge
Justine de Mierre
Bill Pipe

Heat 3 - Tuesday 6th March 2018

Noah Evans
Jim Niven
Bob Hines
Causton and Walker
Pete Butterworth
Michelle Wright

Heat 4 - Tuesday 13th March 2018

Baroness & The Bear
Anna Knight
Zeph Brown
Ludlam Pikes
Cath McGrother
Wilf Jones

Heat 2 - Rearranged - Tuesday 20th March 2018

Abbey Green
Johnny Steinberg
Penland Phezants
Claudia Myatt
Graham Hart
Steve Christopher

10th January 2018
Judges confirmed for competition.

Gill Bosley, Lesley Paris, Ron Wood and Gary Woolley will be judging this years competition.

6th October 2017
The 5th Milkmaid Songwriting Competition

I am delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Milkmaid Songwriting Competition, heats will be on Tuesdays 20th February and 6th, 13th and 20th March with the final on tba.

If you would like to enter please use the contact page to book your place.

Closing date for entries is Thursday 4th January 2018




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Closing date for entries Thursday 18th January 2018

Open to anyone from solo artists to bands

Competition will be split into 4 or 5 heats with up to 6 acts per heat depending on number of entrants

Heat winners, announced on the night, go through to final along with the 2 highest scoring runners up announced at last heat

Each act get 2 songs, a warm up (can be a cover) and the competition entry song

Main song must be an original composition

£5 Entry fee for acts

Standard club entry fee for audience

Milkmaid organisers and staff ineligible


Heats will be held on Tuesdays 20th Feb and 6th, 13th and 20th March at the Station Social Club, Bury St Edmunds

Final to be held at the Station Social Club on tba

PA and Engineer will be provided


There will be 4 judges

The songs will be judged based on criteria (lyrical content, tune, pertinence to folk, performance and je ne sais quoi!)

Criteria will be set out for judges and a joint decision made after the final act.

A copy of lyrics for the competition entry, if any, to be provided to judges

The Judges decision is final