General Rules and Guidelines

A competitor cannot accompany another in the same competition (but see Traditional Pairs later).

If there are fewer than three entries in a competition it may be abandoned.

Challenge cups are to be held by the winners for 12 months only.

Challenge cups may be engraved at the holder's expense.

For entry in the various Children's competitions a competitor must be aged 16 or under. There is no entry fee for the children's competitions. Under 16s entering an adult competition continue to pay.

A competition described as Novice is intended for novices and non-previous winners.

Competitors entering the Traditional Pairs more than once must play a different instrument in each entry.

An entry fee is required for each half of a Traditional Pair, except Children's Instrumental Pairs (see above)

Rules

SingingBorder BalladAny border ballad. May be accompanied.
Traditional Singing - Novice
[Separate competitions for men/women]
Any traditional song. May be accompanied.
Traditional Singing - Open
[Separate competitions for men/women]
As above, but the song must not have been sung by the competitor (in competition) within the past three years.
AccordionNovice and Non-Previous WinnerOne slow tune and one fast tune.
OpenMarch/Strathspey/Reel.
Classical & ContinentalOwn selection. A copy of the music to be given to the judge prior to competing.
Border PipesNovice and Non-Previous WinnerTwo contrasting Border/Northumbrian Lowland tunes.
OpenAs above, one or both tunes with variations.
Northumbrian PipesNoviceTwo contrasting Border/Northumbrian Lowland tunes.
OpenAs above, one or both tunes with variations.
Great Highland BagpipeNovice and Non-Previous WinnerCompetitor's selection - approximately 5 minutes duration.
OpenCompetitor's selection - approximately 5 minutes duration.
FiddleNovice and Non-Previous WinnerOne slow tune and one fast tune.
OpenMarch/Strathspey/Reel.
Slow air and reelCompetitor's selection.
Ceilidh BandTwo selections of own choice.
Country Dance BandTwo selections of own choice.
Miscellaneous InstrumentOpenOwn selection for any instrument other than those classed elsewhere. This means what it says - the 31st Festival saw a double-bass competing against a shepherd playing his sheepdog whistle!
Original CompositionSongA song in the tradition, which may be performed by a nominee. There is an entry limit of three songs per competitor.
TuneA tune in the tradition, which may be performed by a nominee. There is an entry limit of three tunes per competitor.
PoetryCompetitors or their nominees will be required to recite their work before the judge. Poems may be in dialect.
Traditional Instrumental PairsOpenCompetitor's selection. One entry per instrument. Competitors entering more than once must play different instruments

Children's Competitions - Rules

Original PoetryPoem must be own composition.
Original SongSong may be a new composition, new words to a traditional tune, or a new tune to existing words or poem.
Poetry RecitingRecitation of any poem. 12 years or under.
SingingAny traditional song of the British Isles or child's own tradition.
RecorderSelection not to exceed 3 minutes.
FiddleA selection of two tunes of varied tempo. 12 years or under.
AccordionA selection of two tunes of varied tempo. 12 years or under.
Miscellaneous InstrumentAny instrument other than those already classed. 16 years or under.
Instrumental PairsCompetitor's selection. One entry per instrument. Competitors entering more than once must play different instruments. Competitors must both be 16 or under.
With the exception of Poetry Reciting the age limit for children's competitions is 16 years and under. The age limit for Poetry Reciting is 12 years and under. Entry into the children's section does not debar a competitor from entering senior competitions.

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