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Gold Mic Songwriter’s Competition

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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Post Holidays News

Welcome back from your hols, Christmas-New Year break, refreshed and invigorated for another year of blues…

Firstly A Little Sad News

Because of a funding cut Tauranga Jazz Festival has restructured and reduced the number of stages on The Strand meaning that Hamilton Blues Society will NO longer be involved in this prestigious Easter tradition.  The Committee is exploring other opportunities for Easter 2019, and forward.

Up  And  Coming  Events:

Just remember that Hamilton Gardens Festival and Frankton Thunder are FREE entry, all HBS events are Gold coin donation, except the HBS Concert and Pirongia Blues Festival (both door charge).

wo sleeps and Sunday 27 January Afternoon Blues is on at Biddy’s from 1-5pm – with Kim Earl and The Wide Boys, Velvet Bulldozer, Detour (Morrinsville), and Black Sheep.  This weekend Hamilton hosts the Sevens so if you’re at a bit of a loose-end rip down and join in.  It is also Auckland Anniversary Weekend so Monday is a public holiday also.

Then our first Showcase of 2019 is Thursday 31 January from 7:30pm at Biddy’s including: Detour (Morrinsville), Under The Influence, Out Of The Blues, Magic and 3am Blues.

Next HBS Blues Night coincides with Valentines Day – yes 14 February – The Committee is still debating what can be done to make it special?

Special HBS Concert – The Flaming Mudcats Sunday 17 February from 1pm in the back bar – special format:

Opening with Scissors, paper, blues at 1pm, The Flaming Mudcats from 2pm, closing with Black Sheep.  Darcy Perry will be appearing with The Flaming Mudcats also.    *** Door charge applies: HBS Members $10 :: $15 Non-members ***.

Coming up we have two nights at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (HGAF), Hub Stage down by Turtle Lake, Hamilton East:-

First night: Thursday 21 February 5 to 7pm: Conmen and Out Of The Blues
Second night:  Wednesday 27 February also 5-7pm Black Sheep and Shotgun

Then a big one for HBS bands:  Pirongia Blues Festival run by Neil Ransfield,
brought forward to avoid the rain that has plagued past Pirongia events

Pirongia Blues Festival – Alexandria Hotel Pirongia – Saturday 2 March
Door charge applies and I suggest readers check the FaceBook page for more details: start time, who is playing, door charge…

Frankton Thunder again hosts HBS bands at the stage – intersection of Commerce Street and Lake Road – from midday until around 3pm – Magic and 3am Blues, Under The Influence and Shotgun.


After many years HBS Committee is proud to announce that the website is now live… check it out:  We would love your feedback and we are aware that some changes (tweaks) are required.  So let us know either through the CONTACT form on the website or by e-mailing HBS directly at with HBS Website in the subject line.


Our Newsletter editor, Martina, will have the latest edition ready for distribution very soon.

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HBS e-mail:
HBS Newsletter (sent out to many more recipients than our membership)
Dean McGaveston
HBS Secretary