The Malta Folk Song Contest 1976
After an apsent of one year The Malta Folk Song Contest return again in 1976.
This festival was organized by Jove Enterprises and 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.
For this festival were submitted a total of 60 song of which 16 of them were selected for the final. And this third edition was held on Saturday 24 January, 1976 in the R.U.M. Assembly Hall at l-Imsida at 7.00pm.
Joe P. Portelli - Chairman Mro. Anthony Chircop – Musical Director John Portelli - Member Philip Xuereb - Member Charles Coleiro – Representative of the Malta Government Tourist Board Mario Serracino-Inglott - Representative of the Ministry of Education & Culture
Here are the 16 Songs featured in the final:-
|01||Doreen Galea||It-Terramaxka||George Stevens||Sammy Galea|
|02||Amanah||Insejtni||Joe Muscat||Joe Muscat|
|03||Enzo Gusman and The Main Item||Żepp u Grezz||Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman||Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman|
|04||Sammy Bartolo||Għajnejn Sbieħ||Manwel Mifsud||Manwel Mifsud|
|05||Mary & Terry||Tieġ ta’ Dari||Dr.George Zammit||Carmelina Zammit|
|06||Manwel Mifsud||Vassalli||Manwel Mifsud||Manwel Mifsud|
|07||Frank O'Neill||Dgħajsa Lewn Ħamran||Frank O'Neill||Frank O'Neill|
|08||Carmen Vella||Romeo u Ġuljetta||Paul Caruana||Paul Caruana|
|09||Pauline Aquilina||Il-Barrakka||Vince Enriquez||Vince Enriquez|
|10||Qoton||Il-Festa tal-Bdiewa||Paul Caruana||Paul Caruana|
|11||Charles Ellul||Għajn Klieb||Manwel Mifsud||Manwel Mifsud|
|12||Tony Camilleri||X’Rajt il-Gardjola||Frank O'Neill||Frank O'Neill|
|13||Carmelo Borg||Imħabba f’Kemmuna||Frank O'Neill||Frank O'Neill|
|14||Merga||Issa Li Aħna Nfridna||Manwel Mifsud||Manwel Mifsud|
|15||Carmen Curmi & Doris Curmi||Id-Daqq Tal-Ġolġol||George Stevens||George Stevens|
|16||Qawsalla||Il-Bizzilla||Paul Caruana||Paul Caruana|
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.
The special attractions guest during the interval till one could know the final results was the National Flok Group Viva Malta.
|01||Enzo Gusman & The Main Item||Żepp u Grezz||Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman||Enzo Gusman & Carmen Gusman|
|02||Manwel Mifsud||Vassalli||Manwel Mifsud||Manwel Mifsud|
|03||Doreen Galea||It-Terramaxka||George Stevens||Sammy Galea|
• Festival Best Singer was Merga with the song Issa Li Aħna Nfridna and she win the flight for Canada.