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It is with great pleasure that Fleurieu Folk Festival presents the Judith Crossley Memorial Singer/Songwriter Award. This has been made possible through a kind donation from the Executrix’s of Judith Crossley’s estate to remember Judith and her commitment to the South Australian Folk community by celebrating her life with a special Judith Crossley Memorial Singer/ Songwriter Award. FIRST PRIZE IS $1,000. The Award is open to South Australian residents from all age groups. The song must be written about Adelaide or South Australia and must be in the Folk or Blues Traditional mode.
10 finalists will be chosen to perform at The Judith Crossley Award Concert at the 2017 Fleurieu Folk Festival on Sunday 29th October (time to be advised). The winner will be chosen at this concert - please see below for detailed conditions of entry.


  Judith Crossley Memorial - Singer/Songwriter Award


  Born 6th August 1934 Lancashire England – Died 5th February 2014 Adelaide SA
  • First prize: The Judith Crossley Memorial Singer/Songwriter Award - $1,000; plus a certificate to add to your resume
  • Genre: Singer Songwriter in the Folk or Blues Traditional mode
  • Content: the song must be written about Adelaide or South Australia
  • Age group: The Award is open to all age groups
  • Who can enter the Award: Singer Songwriters who are South Australian residents
  • Accompaniment: the song can be sung solo unaccompanied (A ‘Capella) style; Singer accompanied by own instrument; Singer accompanied by own instrument and one other instrument or with another singer
    The song is to be the focus of the act not the performance
    The person who wrote the song is to be the performer
  • Application system: Three (3) hard paper copies of the lyrics, musical score and/or chords, as well as a sound recording of your song, are to be sent to The Secretary, Fleurieu Folk Festival PO Box 52 Seaford South Australia 5169
  • Pre-selection Panel: the pre-selection panel will be made up of prominent people in the music genres mentioned above, and will choose 10 applicants to perform at The Judith Crossley Award Concert at the 2017 Fleurieu Folk Festival on Sunday 29th October at a time to be advised.
  • Fleurieu Folk Festival will choose three (3) appropriate Judges to judge the songs performed at the Festival and this will determine the winner of the event – the Judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Copyright: the Author is to retain Copyright of the song, lyrics and music
  • Disclaimer: Fleurieu Folk Festival retains the right to video and record and use the recording for archival and promotional purposes of the Judith Crossley Award

Judith had, in her life in Australia, given so much to music, to musicians and to cheerful relationships with others. All the while, she never sought the spotlight but just encouraged, inspired and helped every other person she came across. The music scene, (not just Folk Music) in South Australia and nationally is the poorer for her absence.
... SCALA – Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association
Judith was, as many of you know well, a hugely talented songwriter, a scholar of Folk Music and many other subjects, and a unique and precious human being.
... Sean Mangan
For those who did not know Judith, you missed the opportunity to know a truly unique woman who was a great Singer Songwriter who was very passionate about her music and the songs that she wrote. Her only album ‘Bluegum and Ironbark’ is a treasure for all to hear. I first heard Judith and Irene Petrie singing at the Catacombs Coffee Lounge in the 1960’s. She has inspired and encouraged me since meeting her personally at the Cumberland Arms Hotel sessions in the 1980’s. She always had time to talk and I loved visiting, and listening to her tales and knowledge of everything ‘folk’.
... Annie Thornton

The Early Years of the Folk Revival in Adelaide - (Excerpt)
... by Warren Fahey
Although there appears to have been a degree of separation between the folksingers and the folk-entertainers in Adelaide, the former “immersed” in Child Ballads and the like at the Catacombs, the latter more likely to be found performing the ‘Duck’s Ditty’ at Red Cross functions or on TV, there is little evidence of significant Melbourne or Sydney-style commercialist-purist cleavages in Adelaide. The Folk Hut was only two doors down from a major discotheque, and it was not unusual for members of the Twilights, the Ferrets, Bobbie & Laurie, to kick on after hours at the former, and vice versa. As a general rule, singers at the Folk Hut would good-naturedly include a handful of traditional Australian songs in their performances, so as to cater for a range of folk biases. The Wesley Three, Rob McCarthy, Lynne & Graham McCarthy, The Skillet Lickers, Phil & Pete Sawyer, John Fulton-Stevens, Bob Hardie, The John Gordon Trio, Phil Cunneen, Judith Crossley, Doug Ashdown, Irene Petrie, and Robyn Smith (now Archer), Patsy Biscoe, The Skillet Lickers ( Rob McCarthy, Brent Miller and John Munro) and Country Express all fairly eclectic in repertoire and live-and-let-live in their approach to folk singing, were in the front rank of Adelaide’s folk artists. Most of them appeared in the 1960’s during the early days of Television on Roger Cardwell’s ‘Country & Western Hour’.

All will be well, And all shall be well, And all manner of thing shall be well. ... Julian of Norwich- Medieval Anchoress



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