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Golden Mic Songwriter’s Competition – 2021

Golden Mic Songwriter's Competition 2021

Submit your entry to Huw Alderman, HBS Event Manager at

Simplifying the entry process as much as possible, you can enter an mp3 or mp4 recorded on your phone if you wish (preferred method and media).

Fully studio productions are equally acceptable so long as they are submitted as mp3 or mp4.

Genre: blues.  What does this mean? Your song can be Texas, Delta, Mississippi, Chicago, British, even Country blues – even Kiwi blues – but it must be BLUES.

Enter as many times as you wish with different songs you have written.

All entries will be acknowledged.

We will not however, be checking for plagiarism or sampling time – so if the phrasing is sampled, the melody plagiarised, or copied, responsibility for that sits squarely on the songwriter’s shoulders.

Five judges will evaluate and judge you creation – and of course – the chances are that those musicians may also submit a song (or two).  Any judge assessing his own material must refrain from voting.  The judges decision is final.

When submitting you song please provide a brief biographical description of yourself.  This may be used in the final round and for advertising and promotional purposes.

Waiver  or  Release:  If your material has been published, released through a publishing house, or the lyrics have been registered, we need your signed consent to share your work as described below.

Winning:  There will be four levels of attainment, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Aluminium which receive recognition.  The Gold position (winner) has their name engraved on the coveted Golden Mic trophy.  All four will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

Media  Coverage All place-holders will have their pictures and award recorded in Facebook and on our website.  If opposed to this media exposure you must voice you objection when submitting your song.

Ultimate  Prize:  The top songs will be sent to our Sister Society in Ontario, Canada where they will be given air-time, and may be a story in the local rag.  You may be asked for a radio interview as well.  Make sure your contact details are current and correct (don’t assume we have correct details on record).

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Conmen band profile

Conmen band profileThe Conmen were first formed about 12 years ago with Trevor Harris on lead guitar, Huw Alderman rhythm guitar and vocals, then Dean McGaveston joined on drums, shortly followed by Pete Wood on bass, then Bruce Stott came in with his Harp, followed closely by Amy Lee Gorlicki on Sax to complete the brass section. There have been a few changes with Barry Stirling, Maciek Hrybowicz, then Jingyu Zhang playing lead guitar, and over time, Dean, Pete, Barry and finally Bruce leaving, resulting in the star line up of Marty Haughie on drums, Trevor Harris on bass, Amy on sax and keyboards, Derek Hartley (aka Deek) lead/rhythm guitar and backing vocals (BV’s), Dave Wilkinson on lead guitar and BV’s with Huw Alderman (current band-leader) doing the singing out front plus a bit of harp and rhythm guitar.

As Huw says “it’s been a long and rewarding venture to get to this point with having such an encouraging group of talent. In fact, I must say, I’ve been encouraged by Trev to stop singing, Dave to stop playing guitar, and everyone to stop playing harp!!!” says Huw… “I love playing with these guys. We have a lot of fun at rehearsals and always do our best to put on a good show, with the wide and weird range of music, that, to be fair, generally I choose.”

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The Agnostic Contrarians

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The Agnostic Contrarians - band photoBlues You Won’t Believe

The Agnostic Contrarians are a Hamilton and Kāwhia modern blues band with a good dose of  original material. We also like to delve into the lesser known highways and byways of the almost infinite great blues songbook.

  • John Thomson – bass, vocals and songwriting
  • Morris Taylor – guitars and vocals
  • Maciek Hrybowicz – guitars
  • Neil Reynolds – drums
  • Bill Forrest – saxophone

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Roger McLay

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Roger McLay  Acoustic and Slide Blues

Roger (aka  Mr Mudslide) is a solo performer with a lifelong interest in blues music.  These days he contributes to keeping the blues alive by focussing on traditional finger-style acoustic and resonator slide guitar.

It is not unknown for Mr Mudslide to accompany himself with rack harmonica on occasion.

He often performs on instruments he has built himself, performing regularly at smaller venues and various events around the  Waikato. 

Mr Mudslide favours open tuning when playing slide and draws his repertoire mainly from songs by many of the early blues masters. However he does perform acoustic interpretations of certain contemporary blues classics as well as a handful of originals for good measure.

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Hillman Hunters

Hamilton-based band Hillmen Hunters is the classic two guitar, bass and drum line-up spearheaded by the energetic styles of guitarists Dave Wilkinson and Derek Hartley.

Completed by the experienced and tasteful rhythm section of James Phillips (bass) and Greg Tims (drums).

Their take on the blues includes traditional styles mixed with Americana rock grooves.

Regulars at Hamilton Blues Society Showcase gigs and Blues Nights, they recently played a well recieved set at the Bluestock Festival, Hamilton.

Covers by artists such as The Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, Bondi Cigars, Keb Mo and Three Dog Night.  Repertoire includes some danceable original songs.

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Magic & 3am Blues

Magic & 3am Blues are excited to be playing again at the Rotorua Blues Festival over Labour Weekend Saturday night 24th October 2020.

Magic & 3am Blues are a five piece Hamilton-based Blues Rock Band which have been part of the Hamilton Blues Scene for many years and have become regular performers at The Hamilton Blues Society monthly jam and Showcase nights, Okoroire Blues Festival,Pirongia Blues Festival, and in the past, Tauranga National Jazz Festival,
and the Rotorua Blues Festival.

The band share a love of high energy classic Blues Rock and are influenced by great blues players such as: Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Clark Jnr.

The current band line up is: Magic Murphy (Vocals/Harp), Graeme Webb (Lead Guitar), Eric Otoka (Drums), Rob Wilson (Bass Guitar), and Colin Ogle (Sax).

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Shotgun Band, formerly Shotgun Hill, grew from an amalgamation of musicians from HBS ensembles Sandpit and Tin Shed, into a working band, Shotgun. Bandleader Neil Ransfield has been instrumental in bringing together a selection of HBS musicians over a period of time to create a four-piece band with a strong blues influence.

Neil provides vocals, harmonica, and percussion where required, Chris Dunn delivers on lead guitar and vocals, Garry Phillips vocals and bass, with Dean McGaveston on drums. All vocalists provide backing vocals in support of one another.

The blues style is very much electric blues leaning strongly towards British blues. Other influences include Los Lobos, Bondi Cigars, Red Devils, Clapton, Hendrix, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Santana, Jeff Beck, and others, such as John Mayall.

From the audience point of view, a dynamic representation of the blues genre, with a diverse splattering of classic and modern blues numbers.

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Velvet Bulldozer

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In the mid 1980’s the ex-vocalist from Morrinsville Band ‘Gaffa’, Doug Barker, teamed up with Hamilton guitarist Murray Coombes and formed ‘Velvet Bulldozer’. A blues band leaning more to the rockier edge of the genre. There were few changes along the way before they settled on their final line up and for the next several years played pubs, clubs and festivals around the North Island as well as becoming huge favourites of the Motorcycle Club circuit.

But all good things got to come to an end and in the mid 90’s Velvet Bulldozer disbanded and the members all moved on to other bands, careers and adventures and got busy raising families.

In Sept 2016 the entire line up reformed for the first time in 25 years to headline at the Roadhouse Bar & Cafés ‘Woodstock Revisited’ event to help raise money for a local muso doing it a bit tough.

With only a couple of rehearsals it was evident that the magic was still there and the night was a great success. It didn’t take much for the boys to decide that this wasn’t going to be just another one-off and to get back out there and spread their brand of hard rockin’ blues. They’ve become regular favourites with The Hamilton Blues Society and have performed at the Tauranga, Pirongia and Bay of Plenty Blues Festivals, the 2018’s “GEMINI’ party, (an annual rockfest organised by Paul Martin from The Axe Attack), and opened for the NZ AC/DC Tribute show at Altitude.

With no signs of slowing down, Velvet Bulldozer are back and out to party.

For more info or contact details, check them out