The Malta Folk Song Contest 1974

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After the success of the first edition of The Malta Folk Song Contest 1973 organized by Jove Enterprises and organizational board was formed by John Portelli , Joe P. Portelli, Vanni Pulé and Mary Anne Xuereb that time was his girlfriend, now his wife.

This festival was organized with the coperation of the Malta Government Tourist Board and Maltese Programmes fan Club of Canada in conjunction with the travel agency Alpine Travel under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Joseph Cassar B.A. LL.D.

The Festival

For this festival were submitted a total of 55 song of which 15 of them were selected for the final. This second edition was held on Saturday 30 November 1974 in the R.U.M Assembly Hall l-Imsida.

Organizing Committee

John Portelli Joe P Portelli Vanni Pulé Mary Anne Xuereb

Final Phase

Here are the 15 Songs featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music
01 Merga Li Kieku Manwel Mifsud Manwel Mifsud
02 Mary Rose Mallia Għidli Doreen Galea Sammy Galea
03 Carmen Gusman & Renato Micallef Il-Logħob tan-Nar Marika Bugeja Emidio Fenech
04 Manwel Mifsud Jien Ħriġt Dawra Manwel Mifsud Manwel Mifsud
05 Tony Camilleri Fit-Tieġ tan-Neputija George Stevens & Paul Caruana Paul Caruana
06 Enzo Gusman Fil-Pjażża tar-Raħal Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman
07 Doris Attard L-istorja ta' Toni Aquilina Joe Ellul Joe Ellul
08 Doreen Galea Fi Triqatna George Stevens Sammy Galea
09 Claire Anastasi & Albert Anastasi Bebbuxu Aljoli Claire Anastasi & Mark Guillaumier Albert Anastasi
10 The Malta Bums Ritratti Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius
11 Qawsalla Tifkiriet tan-Nannu Emidio Fenech Marika Bugeja
12 Amanah Dell l-Imħabba Joe Muscat Joe Muscat
13 Frank O'Neill Jistennew Frank O'Neill Frank O'Neill
14 Sammy Bartolo L-Aħħar Bidwi f’Wied il-Għasel Alfred C. Sant Paul Abela
15 Therese Cassar Fi Sqaq Numru Tnejn Therese Cassar Therese Cassar

The Orchestra

The Orchestra was composed by eleven eliments under the direction of Mro. Anthony Chircop the members were Joseph Corrado flute, Spiridione Azzopardi OBOE, Andrew Colerio Bass Clarinet, Tony Pace Guitar, Tony Zammit Bass, Alfred Demicoli drums, Edmond Joseph Zarb piano, George Spiteri, Joseph Galea, Armando Abela and Guido Mamo violins.


Special Guest

The special attractions guest during the interval till one could know the final results was The Jesus of Nazareth Choir under the sirecton of Rev. S.Galea 0.P. and The Astra Folk Group with choreographer George Mejlak.


No Singers Songs Lyrics Music
01 Tony Camilleri & Frank O’Neill Fit-Tieġ tan-Neputija Frank O'Neill Frank O'Neill
02 Clare Anastasi & Albert Anastasi Bebbux Aljoli Clare Anastasi & Mark Guillaumier Albert Anastasi
03 Amanah Dell l-Imħabba Joe Muscat Joe Muscat

Other Winners

Festival Best Singer was Amanah with the song Dell l-Imħabba and win the flight to Canada.


The Prizes were presented by Mr. John Pollacco Chairman of the Malta Government Tourist Board.


The comperes of the festival was Josephine Zammit Cordina and Charles Coleiro.

See also