PROTEST: Winner of the Play Mullu and Falls Protest Song Competition Dan Hannaford.
PROTEST: Winner of the Play Mullu and Falls Protest Song Competition Dan Hannaford. Contributed

Brunswick musician scores gigs at Mullum, Falls festivals

DAN Hannaford, the hardest working singer/songwriter in Brunswick Heads, has won the Play Mullum and Falls Festival Protest Song competition.

He describes his winning song Payday as a rallying cry for working musicians and artists to unite around the world ... to get paid their due.

"I'm stoked to get my work recognised, it was a matter of the right place at the right time," Dan said.

Other Honourable Mentions:

  • Bill Jacobi from Uki for his anti-CSG song 'Let's Run The Bastards Outa Town'
  • Tim Loydell from Uki for his spoken word piece 'Flows for Assange'
  • Ned Cain and Substation from Lismore with their heavy rock entry 'Water is Sacred'
  • John Flannagan from Ivanhoe in Victoria for his Woody Guthrie-inspired 'Detainees'

"This is my job, if I don't work, I don't eat. I go everywhere to perform from funerals to a one-year-old's birthday party."

Contest judge Martin Jones, editor of Rhythms Magazine said payday was "a metaphor not only for what artists are owed financially, but a call for an appreciation of their value to a community and its culture".

"Dan is an old-fashioned working musician, playing his heart out up and down the coast anywhere that will take him," he said.

"I've seen him win over rooms person by person with his songs that speak straight and clear about everyday concerns."

Dan's win will see him perform a set at the Mullum Music Festival later this month and Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron over the New Year.

Dan will also be featured in Australia's Rhythms Magazine.

It's a timely win for Dan who is just about to release his new album I Cried Bullets recorded in LA and Byron Bay with local producer Paul Pilsneniks who also produced The Tea Party and Angus Stone.

Fourteen-year-old Misty Henderson from Mullumbimby also scored an honourable mention for her song Silent Storm.



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