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For more than 25 years the Milkmaid Folk Club has delivered memorable performances by folk artists of all levels.  The annual songwriting competition was introduced 10 years ago to provide a platform for folk songwriters to showcase their compositions.  That has now extended into a series of workshops and a songwriter's circle.

2024 Songwriting Competition


HEAT 1 : Wed 13th March 2024

HEAT 2 : Thu  14th March 2024

HEAT 3 : Wed 10th April 2024

HEAT 4 : Thu  11th April 2024

FINAL :   Fri 26th April 2024

The competition includes live recordings of each entry from the heats;  workshops before the heats; a guaranteed mainstage slot at Bury Folk Festival for the winner and a slot on the Greenstage at the festival for the runner up.


An informal group for songwriters to come together once a month to share new songs and encourage that creativity.  


Sessions are held monthly on the 4th Thursday each month at:

Milkmaid Folk Club, Risbygate Sports Club, Westley Road,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RR


NEXT SESSION  :  28th December at 7.30pm.

(yes we are still meeting in December!!)

  • Feel supported by like minded people to finish those half written songs that have hung around for too long

  • Share insights and suggestions

  • Get to know the people and the stories behind the songs



Coffee, tea and all the usual drinks available from the bar.

Cost : £3 

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