John Birmingham Cup for Songwriting

Sunday 3rd May


The legacy of John Birmingham, a much loved regular at The Cumberland Arms in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne was to establish the John Birmingham Cup, a competition for songwriters of unaccompanied song in the folk tradition.

Entry to the competition is through one of a number of heats held around the country and Upton Folk Festival is proud, again, to host the heat for the South West.

Payment of the entry fee of £5 may be made at the Festival Office prior to the heat, or at the venue.

Please register at the upstairs room of the Star 20 mins before the event.

The JB Cup is not about the best singers it’s about the best songs that will get the whole room going, whether that be in tears or in rousing chorus

Application Form