Contest: Results


Before I announce the winners of the Baconworks Tune-smithing Contest I wanted to say a few things.

First, the amount of participation in both submissions and voting was outstanding. Music was submitted by both male and female, by fifers, drummers and guitarists, by the young and the … experienced, from Massachusetts to Michigan. In some cases these tunes were the authors first attempts at writing. Everything that was submitted was of high quality and, consequently, I heard many complaints during the voting process that people had a very difficult time picking just one that they liked most. The challenge for the voters was considerable and the final results reflected a very balanced field of submissions. In fact, just about every entry received votes. Having said that, there were some clear front runners. So, without further adieu I would like to announce the three submissions with the most popular votes.

2nd Runner-Up:
Miss Potter’s Jigg by Jim Williams

1st Runner-Up:
Field Castle by Christopher Lussier

And the Winner of the 2008 Baconworks Tune-smithing Contest is:
Misty Morning by Donald Heminitz

Congratulations to Donald, Christopher and Jim! Also, congratulations to all the authors that took the time to submit their wonderful music.

After working with the editors of the Ancient Times, I have made arrangements to have all three pieces published in the Spring edition of the quarterly periodical.

In addition, The Company of Fifers and Drummers is interested in publishing a book of all twenty submissions. I will, therefore, be contacting all the authors regarding the details and requesting their permission for publication.

Over the course of the next few days I will be posting the biographies of all the authors. Until then, here is the complete list of tunes with the author names listed in no particular order:

  • Misty Morning: Donald Heminitz
  • The Insult: Katherine Bolcar
  • Royal Troubadours: Donald Heminitz
  • The Battle of Flamborough Bay: Jim Williams
  • The Festering Fish: Eric Chomka
  • Mustah Foot: Chris Myers
  • Kenilworth Castle: Christopher Szpara
  • Bernard’s Barn: Eric Chomka
  • Devitt’s Reel: Christopher Szpara
  • The Clueless Fifer: Dan Moylan
  • Hot Peppers at Midnight: Pat Arnow, Al Renzi, Mary Punch
  • Two Pints Past Dizzy: Emit Karakuls
  • Miss Potter’s Jigg: Jim Williams
  • Taking the Stroll: Dominick Cuccia
  • Night Creatures: John Ciaglia
  • Touch Your Toes: Casey Swanson
  • Field Castle: Christopher Lussier
  • Feast of the Geese Eaters: John Ciaglia
  • On the Streets of New Haven: John Ciaglia
  • The St. Albans Raid: Josiah Raiche

Lastly, I would like to share with you a snippet of an email that I received from one voter, which demonstrates the true thought that many voters devoted to the process. Having a hard time picking one entry, this voter felt compelled to submit her fun list of runner-ups:

The Insult (most catchy)
Festering Fish (most fun to play for fifers)
Devitt’s Reel (most cheerful)
Two Pints Past Dizzy (truly dizzying)
Kenilworth Castle (short and delightful)

So, thank you all, both authors and voters, for contributing and making this successful. And, once again, congratulations to the winners!

0 thoughts on “Contest: Results

  1. Chris L.

    Hey, this was fun! I enjoyed listening to all of these tunes, and I can say that I’ve had the pleasure of playing “Musta Foot” on stand! Way to go Chris!

    “Bernard’s Barn” was almost certainly a Mariner-generated tune, as was “The Festering Fish”, but I would have bet money that the author was Jason Malli! Nice job, Eric!!

    Of all the tunes, the one that I personally kept returning to was “Two Pints Past Dizzy.” This melody was simply haunting, and it drew me in (and continues to!) each time I listened to it. Emit’s recording tipped him off as the author early on, but I’d love to know if this is part of a larger collection…maybe a CD of his music?

    I heard some of the tunes in a way that suggested an homage to other writers or styles. On one tune, I felt the influence of “Kristen’s Hornpipe.” In another, the drum beating to “Empty Pockets.” One or two felt inspired by some of the more traditional celtic session tunes.

    My perceptions may be off, and I mean no disrespect! But this collaboration of ideas…this meeting of artists and creators seems to me to be the continuation of our own “Musical Journey.” We have collectively chosen to share this time together, and to showcase a small part of who we are, both musically and as humans!

    Perhaps the greatest prize of all will come from the next round of “tune-smiths” who will listen to our music and draw their inspiration from us!

    Congratulations to all!!
    Chris Lussier

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