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Falkirk Folk Club's annual songwriting competition is in its tenth year.

Falkirk Folk Club's annual songwriting competition is in its tenth year.

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Falkirk Folk Club’s 10th Annual Songwriting Competition will have troubadours laying bare their very souls in order to claim the coveted title.

This year’s big event takes place at St Francis Xavier Church Hall on Saturday and, as has been the case for the last decade, will be all about the music - it’s creation and execution in relaxed and friendly surroundings.

At around 7 p.m. Entrants will step down the appropriately named Hope Street on the way to the venue, guitar case in hand and their best tune running through their mind. A Falkirk Folk Club spokes bloke said: “We greatly look forward to this year’s event. It’s a fun night for participants and for the enthusiastic audience too, who get to play their part by deciding the winner of the 2014 Audience Award.

“last year’s event was phenomenal with a packed hall, great atmosphere and a fabulous array of styles and quality songwriting.”

To mark the 10th anniversary of the competition, the club has increased the prize money so the top song earns its singer/writer £150, while the second placed tune gets £75, third nabs £50 and fourth gains £25.

Judges on the night are Baillie Joan Patterson and acclaimed singer songwriters Adam McCulloch and Ian Walker.

The folk club said: “This is also an effort to encourage live music in the Falkirk area. Although we are a folk club, the competition will not be restricted to folk music as we aim to promote all forms of acoustic music.”

The songs start coming thick and fast at 7.30 p.m. and come to an end jut after 10 p.m. for the judges to begin their deliberation. Winners will be announced at around 10.40 p.m. and the best song will be performed one more time for the road.

To book tickets for the big night e-mail info@falkirkfolkclub.co.uk or call Stuart Miller on 07535097296.

The club is on double duty this week with its regular Thursday night at the Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street, featuring the songs and open tuned guitar of Penni Mclaren Walker from 8 p.m.