The John Gasson Jig Competition

About

Previous Winners

Previous Winners

This was the beginning of the Competition and is for a single dancer with a maximum of one musician. We have the one musician rule as John was a member of the Seven Champions and we had the one musician rule and as John was also a member of Mr Jorrocks and the majority of the jigs in the competition are Cotswold we feel we are covering both of John's dancing passions.
John was such an exellent jig dancer that it seemed the best way to remember him. He won a Jig Competition which was run at Maidstone Folk Day. His favourite jig was the Nutting Girl. At the first competition, which was held in the Council Chamber at Sidmouth, the lights dipped as the one of the competitors started dancing the Nutting Girl.

This was the beginning of the Competition and is for a single dancer with a maximum of one musician. We have the one musician rule as John was a member of the Seven Champions and we had the one musician rule and as John was also a member of Mr Jorrocks and the majority of the jigs in the competition are Cotswold we feel we are covering both of John's dancing passions.

John was such an exellent jig dancer that it seemed the best way to remember him. He won a Jig Competition which was run at Maidstone Folk Day. His favourite jig was the Nutting Girl. At the first competition, which was held in the Council Chamber at Sidmouth, the lights dipped as the one of the competitors started dancing the Nutting Girl.

Solo Jig Competition

Solo Jig Competition

1988
Andrew Jones
Tim Bull
1989
1990
1991
Ian Campbell
Darrell Hurtt
Andrew Jones
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
Sue Graham
Julian Drury
Lucy Cunningham
Simon Pipe
Jameson Wooders
Simon Pipe
Tracy Seelig
Simon Pipe
Ian Dedic
Mary-Jo Searle
Tim Bull
Alan Whear
Don Allison
John Ede-Golightly
Julian Drury
Jane Berrisford-Smith
Lawrence Wright
Dennis Taylor
Barry Goodman
John Bacon
2000
Hattie Vale
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Sue Graham
Mikey Radford
Simon Pipe
Chris Taylor
Mikey Radford
Laurel Swift
Emma Darby
Dom Moss
Ben Moss
Jack Worth
Emma Wooders
Simon Pipe
Mark Rogers
Cat Radford
Barry Goodman
John Dipper
Saul Rose
Saul Rose
Peter Darby
Chris Cook
Nikki Heweitt
Saul Rose
Mark Rogers
Mark Rogers
Audience Appeal Jig Winners

Audience Appeal Jig Winners

Best New Entrant Winners

Best New Entrant Winners

Double Jig Winners

Double Jig Winners

Over 40s Jig Winners

Over 40s Jig Winners

This prize was started to try and get dancers to realise that there is an audience watching and that they might not be fellow dancers who appreciate the intricacies of the jig they are doing. The jig might be technically perfect but can be very boring to the audience if there is no interaction with the audience. It doesn't have to be funny but needs at least to engage the audience.

This prize was started to try and get dancers to realise that there is an audience watching and that they might not be fellow dancers who appreciate the intricacies of the jig they are doing. The jig might be technically perfect but can be very boring to the audience if there is no interaction with the audience. It doesn't have to be funny but needs at least to engage the audience.

This category came about when the competition was running short of entries and the standard of the competition was still very high. People were put off coming into the competition by the high standard. By introducing this category we bring new blood into the competition and competitors take away the judges comments and work on their jigs through the year and some eventually win. The musician may have entered before.

This category came about when the competition was running short of entries and the standard of the competition was still very high. People were put off coming into the competition by the high standard. By introducing this category we bring new blood into the competition and competitors take away the judges comments and work on their jigs through the year and some eventually win. The musician may have entered before.

Some dancers were scared of entering the Solo competition and we introduced the Doubles to give people a way into the competition and to help them overcome their nerves. Many of the winners of the Solo competition have started in the doubles and then gone on in future to win the Solo section

Some dancers were scared of entering the Solo competition and we introduced the Doubles to give people a way into the competition and to help them overcome their nerves. Many of the winners of the Solo competition have started in the doubles and then gone on in future to win the Solo section

Over the past 10 years there has been an influx of younger dancers which is excellent. Hattie Vale was 14 when she won the Solo Competition in 2000. We were in danger of losing the older, experienced, but still very good, dancers. We decided to start the Over 40 section to redress this balance and then discovered that most of the dancers we were aiming at were actually over 50! All the dancers enter the main competition and they can choose to enter this section as well if they are eligible. The musician does not have to be over 40.

Over the past 10 years there has been an influx of younger dancers which is excellent. Hattie Vale was 14 when she won the Solo Competition in 2000. We were in danger of losing the older, experienced, but still very good, dancers. We decided to start the Over 40 section to redress this balance and then discovered that most of the dancers we were aiming at were actually over 50! All the dancers enter the main competition and they can choose to enter this section as well if they are eligible. The musician does not have to be over 40.

1996
Vivien Bailey
Mel Burden
1997
Harriet Vaile
John Bacon
1998
Martyn Harvey
Ben Farmer
1999
Jan Tarry
Taz Tarry
2000
The Zeppelin Brothers
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2001
Adam Heathfield
Neil Woolley
2002
Ian Campbell
Kirstie Mair & Mark Roger
2003
Darrell Hurtt
Ian Dedic
2004
Matt Morris & Ian Campbell
Ian Dedic
2005
Barry Honeysett & Jack Honeysett
Flos Headford
2006
Doug Swift
John Dipper
2007
Simon Pipe
Lawrence Wright
2008
Simon Pipe
Lawrence Wright
2009
Dave & Matt Brassington
Dave Hubbard
2010
Phil Bassendale and Horse
Jack Worth
2011
Dom Moss & Ben Moss
Richard Ashe
2012
Pantomime Horse
Ollie King
2000
Sue Hamer Moss
John Golightly
2001
Mikey Radford
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2002
Jessica Marshall
Alex Marshall
2003
Mick Croucher
Frank Lee
2004
Fiona Anderson
Mary Jo Searle
2005
Ben & Ned Rose
Mary Rose
2006
Jess Arrowsmith & Fiona Bradshaw
Richard Arrowsmith
2007
Dom & Ben Moss
Cat Radford
2008
John Mitchell
Will Pound
2009
David Roodman
Mark Rogers
2010
Will Balmont
Sue Cozens
2011
Stefan Read & Justin Morrison
Natty Smith
2012
Tommy Knowland & Ben Higgs
Bob Dunlop
2001
Jameson Wooders & Simon Wooders
Gareth Kiddier
2002
Sue Graham & Tracy Seelig
Mark Rogers
2003
Jameson Wooders & Simon Wooders
Sue Cozens
2004
Laurel Swift & Mikey Radford
Saul Rose
2005
Jack Honeysett & Barry Honeysett
Flos Headford
2006
Laurel Swift & Mikey Radford
Jamie Delarre
2007
Dominic Moss & Ben Moss
Cat Radford
2008
Tracy Seelig & Emma Darby
Mark Rogers
2009
Ben Moss & Dom Moss
Bob Dunlop
2010
Barry Honeysett & Jack Honeyset
Richard Ashe
2011
Dom Moss & Ben Moss
Richard Ashe
2012
Jack Worth & Fiona Bradshaw
Jackie Oates
Tracy Seelig
Barry Goodman
2012
2013
James Cook
Chris Cook
2013
Dom Moss & Eddie Bennett
Ben Moss
2013
Molly Pipe
Sam Mabbett
2013
James Cook & Ben Moss
Saul Rose
2005
Sue Graham
Jerry West
2006
Barry Honeysett
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Barry Honeysett
Jameson Wooders
Barry Honeysett
Mick Croucher
Adrian Williams
Mark Rogers
Sue Cozens
Richard Ashe
Frank Lee
Mark Rogers
Mary Jo Searle
2013
Simon Pipe
Russell Hitchcock
Crispin Walker
2014
Nancy Potts
2014
Chris Campbell & Richard Portlock
Stuart Duncan
2014
Lisa Heywood & Anna Pietrangelo
Ollie King
2014
Chris Campbell & Richard Portlock
Stuart Duncan
2014
Andrew Knight
Tony Warren