The 2016 Songs for Social Justice Award was won by Tony Eardley for 'Sally Cross The Water’, announced and performed at the final concert of the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Easter Monday. Tony’s accompanying notes provide the background to his winning entry: "Violence against women is as much of a social justice issue as any – which is at last beginning to achieve some public recognition. I was thinking about the reasons women facing domestic violence find it [...]
The Australian branch of the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund is honoured to have received a number of copies of the rare CD ‘West Along The Road’ by the late, great Scottish singer/songwriter and talented musician, Jimmy Gregory, a long-time collaborator and fellow member of The Hooligans with Alistair Hulett. Jimmy’s untimely passing in 2001, at the age of only 38, cut short a prodigious musical career that had seen him perform with some of the finest folk musicians in Australia [...]
Entry for the 2016 Award is now closed. The winner will be announced and the winning entry performed at the closing concert of the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Monday 28 March, 2016. Entries for the 2017 Award are invited from 1 January to 31 December 2016. For more information please read the full Terms and Conditions.
The 2014 Award was won by Miriam Jones for her song, “Post Post Feminist Revolution”. The winner was announced at the closing concert of the National Folk Festival in Canberra on 21 April 2014 and the judges made the following comments: “We were very pleased this year that entries to the 2014 Songs for Social Justice Award came from right across Australia and tackled a wide range of social justice themes. Our judges were unanimous in recommending that the 2014 [...]
Marrickville-based band The Lurkers are the winners of this year’s ‘Songs for Social Justice’ Award, presented by the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund. The Award, now in its second year, continues the legacy of Alistair Hulett, one of Australia and Scotland’s leading political songwriters and performers, who passed away in 2010. “The intention of the Award is to encourage more Australian musicians to use their skills to make progressive change in our society”, said Alison Hulett, Secretary of the Alistair Hulett [...]
On Easter Monday, 2013, the 2013 'Songs for Social Justice' Award was presented at the final concert of the National Folk Festival in Canberra. The winning song, 'Mining Man' was performed by its composers, The Lurkers – Sydney-based proponents of "subversive homespun bluegrass". The following letter from the judges (written when the identity of each of entrants was still unknown to them) provides an eloquent and fitting tribute to both The Lurkers and to Alistair Hulett, whose songwriting and political [...]