Harry Prigg Absent Friends Trophy
was a long standing member, friend and Trustee of Llantrisant Folk
Club, He died in July 1997.
Phil Downing suggested
we make "The Harry Prigg Award" in tribute to his memory.
When Phil first though
of the idea of the trophy we were not used to losing friends so
suddenly. Now alas I am afraid it is happening far too frequently.
It was saying goodbye to Ray Barker that prompted the name change
and since then the loss of Chris Gorniak, and just this year Siwsi
George and Dave Bryant, has made the new title even more fitting.
I hope there will be a suitable moment during the weekend to remember
our friends who are now “in the other bar”
During the Weekend a small
panel of judges will once again choose the performance which stands
out above the others as being the most memorable, either in song
tune or just that magic tingle moment.
This Annual Challenge Trophy,
a wooden, hand crafted, miniature ships wheel was created by Phil
1998 ......... Kathannie for
John Heslop for "Old Soldiers"
Cappella for all sorts of songs and the right sense of fun!
no award in 2001, as there was no Miskin weekend !!!
Mick Tems, for "coming back"
Harriet Earis and Colman Connolly for their wonderful music and
2004 ..... How
embarrasing ... me!
For 10 years of
Miskin events. I've lost count of how many there have been but its
about 15 I thoink including Winter Warmers. I am proud to have made
so many friends over the years and to be able to invite them back
every year to my own special party is a priviledge. As I say, I
would look fairly silly at Easter if no-one turned up, so thank
you to all of you.
2005 ......Mash (Tom,
Rosanna and Louise)
As for the tingle moment this was
a frequent occurence watching last years winners. They were everywhere.
Not just performing but dancing, crafting, helping in the kitchen,
if something was
going on then they were in the middle of it.
The award however
was principaly for their wonderful music. To see such depth and
enthusiasm from such youngsters was a joy to behold.
They went on to make
a great impression at many other festivals through the following
year and they will be back playing for us in 2006.
It was impossible to tie these
youngsters down so I grabbed my chance at the end of the Sunday
procession to make the award.