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Eltham Town Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival Jan 27th & 28th 2007
The Wild Dog Hill Studio Original Composition and Performance Awards 2007

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The winner of the Wild Dog Hill Original Composition Award is Timothy Shawcross, for his composition 'A Waltz Mistaken' a contemporary jazz piece beautifully written and performed at the finalist's concert held as part of the Eltham Town jazz and Blues Festival on Sat 29th jan '05. The winner of the Montsalvat Encouragement Awards was for a delicate and moving song by Jacqueline Gawler entitled 'Dreamcatcher". Our congratulations to both and we look forward to our session with Timothy later in the year. The degree of quality of the entrants was evident in that there were only two points separating the top seven finalists! Well done to all and look forward to next years OCA's.

Currently in the studio is "Lamplight" Highly original, Lamplight illuminates a vibrant new trend in the Australian Contemporary music scene. Two part vocal harmonies, guitar, piano, violin and double bass creates a dynamic sound poised to win an audience both domestically and internationally. Lamplights uniqueness stems from the songwriting styles of Mijo Biscan and Kirsty Morphett. Add to this the celtic texture brought by Indiana Avents' violin lines and all supported by Luke Richardson on bass and you have an essentially playful music that deals with the wide subject of life, love and some of the heavier sides of social injustice and alianation.

Coming into the studio late March, will be the New Orleans Pelican Brass Band. Fresh from a rousing parade and performance as part of the Eltham Town Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival's Gospel service held on the Sunday 30th Jan '05. This irrepressible group of seasoned musicians bring the marching band tradition of New Orleans to life with their energy and skill. Their recording will be much anticipated and will reflect the various stages of the New Orleans street and funeral parades, the getting there, the dirge, the celebration and dancing. . . and of course the 'second line'.

Eltham Town Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival  29th, 30th Jan. 2005
This years line up will be the biggest and best ever and it's FREE.

Headlining the program is Allan Browne Quintet.
Allan's contribution to jazz was fittingly recognised when he received the 2004 Graeme Bell Career Achievement Award,
The New Angels of Soul with Margie-Lou Dyer, Margot Barret, Rebecca Barnard and Judy Jacques will perform as part of the Sunday Gospel Service in the Town Square.

Exciting new sounds from younger bands Kadoonka and Murphy's Law.
A wild blend of half bent southern Italian folk songs and  originals from GoneBanda.

Blues roots diva Li'l Fi will charge the audience with her fire and exuberance and Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo will lay down the coolest funky soul grooves.

Saturday night we'll have you dancing in the Town Square with Peter Baylor's Bopkick featuring Julie O'Hara and the fabulous Syncopators with Peter Gaudion.

Patsy O'Neil and Friends will relax you into an afternoon of wine and songs.

Festival favourites - Gil Askey, Bob Sedergreen, Judy Jacques' Sweet Rosetta Band, Doug De Vries Café Brazil, The New Orleans Pelican Brass Band, Black Cat Bone and Freddie Freeloader Jazz Combo will return for this year festival.

Sunday at 11.00 am join us in a special New Orleans style parade starting at the Eltham Terrace. Come along and ‘second line' your way around the town to the Town Square where there will be a gospel service in celebration of this countries rich jazz and blues community and past musicians and friends.

Saturday, the Town Square will begin with the finals concert for the Wild Dog Hill Original Composition Awards.
This is a Free Community Event so come along and take part.

Sponsored by the ECC&I, Nillumbik Council, The Diamond Valley Leader Newspaper and Wild Dog Hill Studio.

Eltham Town Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival 2005
The Wild Dog Hill Studio Original Composition Award 2005
Original Composition Awards are now closed

This award is for the best original composition, with or without lyrics, by a composer or songwriter 30 year of age or younger, in a Jazz or Blues style. We will take the broadest interpretation of the genre. Styles could include Traditional, Mainstream and Contemporary Jazz, Traditional, Roots and Contemporary Blues, Gospel, World, Folk, Swing, etc. The independent panel of judges will be the final arbiters as to whether or not a composition is within the guidelines.

The Main Award will be a recording session at Wild Dog Hill Studio valued at $1800.00 (Cost of three days recording and mixing).

The Montsalvat Encouragement Award of $500.00 cash will be given as a second award to a composer or songwriter showing the most potential in this field.

Award Rules and Conditions

1. Entrants must be 30 years or younger
2. Entries close 5 th January 2005 or when 100 entries have been received. Entries received after the first 100 will be returned to sender unopened.
3.  Limit of one composition per entry and one entry per person
4.  Send your composition on a CD or Tape Cassette only, with a lead sheet with melody and/or chords and typed lyrics (if any).
5.  Ten finalists will be selected to perform their entry in the Original Composition Concert at the festival on Sat the 29 th Jan 2005..
6. The composition must:
  I. be an original work written by the entering composer(s).
  II. not have been recorded for either commercial or independent release.
  III.    credit traditional melodic or chordal usage, such as traditional forms like blues, rags, stomp forms…etc.
  IV. be no longer than 5 mins
  V. be recorded for judging by no more than a quintet, which could include a rhythm section of Bass & Drums, Piano or Guitar and two other lead players or vocalist and lead player, but may also include other combinations of instrumentation. This need only be a home recording and quality of the recording will not be taken into consideration.
  VI. If selected, be performed at the Original Composition Concert by the same instrumentation as on the entry recording. If the entrant is unable to perform they may send a substitute performer with prior arrangement with the organisers.
7.  A non refundable entry fee of $10.00 inc GST applies, cheque or money order payable to Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.
8. Judges will consider aspects such as Melodic and Harmonic structure, lyrical and emotional qualities, improvisitional suitability, stylistic integrity, social relevance and compliance with the rules. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.
9. The judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The entrant gives the right to Eltham Town J&B Heritage Festival to use any recording of the finalists in a possible future CD collection of winners. The entrant confirms the holding of copyright to the work.
11. Finalists will be announced by Friday the 14 th of January 2005.
12.    Entry implies acceptance of the rules and conditions of entry.

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Or send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
O.C.A. c/o PO Box 114 St Andrews. Vic 3761