When the pandemic arrangements for 2021 were announced, I decided to spend some ‘lockdown time’ sorting out songs and tunes I had had recorded professionally and putting some of them online. The result is two albums on YouTube with words where appropriate and accompanying notes about their backgrounds. One album is unaccompanied. The other has music with guitar, mandolin and whistle. The albums are;

Totally Unaccomplished!

This is the album of unaccompanied songs – some ‘traditional’ but mostly self-penned or written with former Durham miner Jim Moreland during the late 1970s/early 1980s. I’m afraid the title is a pun from the days in which I regarded myself as a folk comedian. The album is now on YouTube with accompanying words and notes.

or  by entering “Keith Gregson” “Totally Unaccomplished” in YouTube.

  1. The Hartlepool Monkey Song (Corvan)
  2. Three Score and Ten (Delf)
  3. Ballad of the Banners (Moreland/Gregson/trad)
  4. Foreign Fields of Yellow Margarine (Gregson)
  5. The Gretna Green Disaster (Gregson/trad)
  6. Oxfordshire Morning (Gregson)
  7. Song For Marty (Gregson)
  8. Down The Harbour (Moreland/Gregson/trad)
  9. Following the Bunker Round (Moreland/Gregson/trad)
  10. Their Normandy (Gregson/Berat)
  11. Here Lies Alice (Gregson)
  12. Singasongasunlan (Gregson/trad)
  13. When the King Came to the Toon (Gregson)
  14.  Come My Way (Gregson)

The Man Who Could Not Sing

This is an album of accompanied songs and tunes on guitar, whistle and mandolin – all composed by me with the exception of ‘ The Magic of Morning’ – words by me but set to a haunting tune ‘Magic of the Morning’ written by two Folk Camp friends. The title of the album could be applied to me but it is the name of a song otherwise known as ‘Caedmon’s Song’ which is based on a Saxon tale from Whitby about the first English poet/singer-songwriter. The album is now on YouTube with accompanying words and notes.

or by entering “Keith Gregson” “The Man Who Could Not Sing” in YouTube

  1. Wish I Could Paint a Picture (Gregson)
  2. Playa Joyel (Gregson)
  3. Morning Glory (Gregson)
  4. Mist over Malham (Gregson)
  5. The Magic of Morning (Tracey/Meechan/Gregson)
  6. Metronom Blues (Gregson)
  7. The Man Who Could Not Sing [Caedmon’s Song] (Gregson)
  8. The Incorruptible [Friday’s King] (Gregson)
  9. Weeping Willow (Gregson)
  10.  No More Sun (Gregson)
  11.  Yellow on Black (Gregson)
  12.  Feeling A Little Seedy (Gregson)
  13.  Man of the Land (Gregson)
  14.  Come on, the Durhams! [Jamie’s Song] (Gregson)

In early May 2021 I was asked to give a ‘pandemic’ concert at the Bunker Musical Venue in Sunderland. The concert, which lasts for half an hour, can be viewed on YouTube ( ‘Keith Gregson – Live at the Bunker’) and contains a number of the songs from the two albums above.

Any comments welcome


Published books and booklets

Books and Booklets published 1973 -2019. Most of these books can be purchased at online sites or from the author. My Amazon site is also informative!

The Unoriginal Folksinger, Private, Sunderland, 1973 – songs written by the author/composer 1967-73

Just One Man (with Jim Moreland), Durham, Durham EFDSS, 1980 – songs on experiences in coal mining in County Durham c1950-1975

Cumbrian Songs and Ballads, Dalesman, Clapham via Lancaster, 1983 – a collection of traditional and composed ballads from the old county of Cumberland

Corvan – A Victorian entertainer and his songs, Kemble Press, Oxford 1983 – account of the life and work of the north east’s first music hall singer/songwriter with researched songs

Enthusiastic and Young – the centenary history of Sunderland Bowling Club 1889 -1989, Sunderland Cricket and Rugby Club, Sunderland, 1989 – self-explanatory

Where are the fields? Thirty five years of the songs of Keith Gregson, the Bunker, Sunderland, 2002 – songs composed since 1967 with music and cd

A Great Day for England-How an England side became Olympic cricket champions and retain the title to this very day, private, Cheshire, 2004.

The Kid’s Joke Book, Silverdale, Woodford Green,2006 – jokes collected from schoolchildren

Nelson’s Navy 1793-1815, Federation of Family History Societies, Bury, 2006 – how to find out about ancestors in the navy in Nelson’s time

Tracing Your Northern Ancestors; A guide to the North East and Cumbria for the Family Historian, Pen and Sword, Bury, 2007 -self-explanatory

Singing Histories, Sunderland, Sing London, 2008- songs traditional and composed including some by the author

The Bluffer’s Guide to the Olympics, Oval, London, 2008 – one in the million selling series of amusing and informative books 

Children’s History of Sunderland, Hometown World,
Bath, 2011 -self-explanatory

One Among Many- the story of Sunderland Rugby Football Club (1873) in its historical context, MX Publishing, London, 2011 – self-explanatory

A Viking in the Family and other family tree tales, The History Press, Cheltenham, 2011 – a collection of tales from family historians and helpful hints on researching family history

The Taing of Houss and other tunes composed in the traditional style, the Bunker, Sunderland, 2012 – tunes with music and cd

Sporting Ancestors -Tracing your family’s athletic past, The History Press, Cheltenham, 2012

Children’s History of Northumberland, Hometown World, Cheltenham, 2012

Australia in Sunderland – the Making of a test match, MX publishing, London, 2013 – Background to Durham County’s first ashes cricket test

A Tommy in the Family – First World War Family History and Research Tips, The History Press, Cheltenham, 2014 -self explanatory 

 Can you do nothing to mend my broken heart? The Ashbrooke Boys – A sports club at war 1914-18, online 2018    

From Shetland to Keel Square – A study of British maritime and island life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – online 2019   

The Magnificent Marshall – The Story of Lion, Barbarian and England International Rugby Half Back Howard Marshall – S & N Genealogy Online 2021 ISBN: 9781911166054



For youngsters (As noted on first page) go to my YouTube page at “Keith Gregson” and join in the regularly updated fun.

For adults   Go to the The Ashbrooke Boys and Shetland pages for details of free copies of online books. The idea is that, during what are tough times, people might enjoy the content but also make suggestions for improvement – which is possible with online publications. Just e-mail me and I will send copies of it/them as an attachment.  I have made this decision as I know there may be many of you at home and with time on your hands. If interested in my ‘revived by coronavirus’ involvement with research into ‘music of the past’ (n.b. now frightened to use the words ‘folk’ or ‘traditional’), you will find references to past work scattered across the web site.

What I’ve been up to  Over the past few years I have acted as an expert (Social and Sporting Historian) in three online shows run by Family Tree magazine and The Genealogist.  Also at the recent online London Show (September 2021). In addition until March 2020 I continued my involvement in music at the Peacock pub, PopRecs and the Stumble Inn in Sunderland (q.v. online).Currently preparing a talk for the York Family History Show at the end of June.

  I have also had a major article in the annual Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( Folk Music Journal) and am awaiting the publication of another major folk related piece in a collection of articles .

I have now finished with a blog on Ashbrooke Sports Club’s remarkable history and its archives (which, until recently, I curated). This contains a great deal on the club’s history over almost 200 years and, yet again, is something which folks can browse if looking for something to do. Catch up with the blog at;

  I have had major articles published in Family Tree magazine in between 2019 and 2021. I also write on a regular basis for the online monthly and hard copy annual Discover Your Ancestors with three articles published in 2021.  You can see these via the Genealogist web site.


Still composing and collating. I have now recorded professionally all my major pieces which should soon be available as two separate albums on YouTube. Notes on the songs and tunes on the albums are with them on YouTube. Still performing from time to time.

 Questia research encyclopaedia site currently has at least twelve of my travel articles from different newspapers and other articles –


 Enter my name as “Keith Gregson” and scroll down to newspaper part.  The same applies to my work on rugby history with the RFU;


About me generally

About me generally

 I am over 70 and, though generally fit, tend to suffer from annual upper respiratory infections so have been following the scientific and medical  guide lines  ( rather than the political and economic) since the pandemic was declared. I intend to continue thus until some form of resolution is reached. In order to get through this I have returned to my structured 5 day free-lance working week with week-ends ‘off’. Initially the work involved trying to help my sons and nephews with their young families by making videos of the children’s songs I used to sing when I was free-lance facilitator working in schools, museums and libraries. I intend to continue this and if you wish to join in go to my YouTube site – ‘Keith Gregson’. Here are also some ‘calming’ videos for adults.

  The remainder of the working day has been spent so far in making the videos, writing articles and preparing online Power Points for the family history magazines for which I still work. This has led, in particular, to a re-awakening of my interest in our family’s links with the Shetland Isles – (my maternal grandmother’s roots were entirely from Burra Isle, Shetland). To this end I have opened up a Shetland page on this site. I will be updating here constantly so if you are going to join in with me in some form or another, a big hello.

I have nearly completed two albums relating to my own music and some traditional favourites and they should be on YouTube in the very near future.

If you are locked- down and bored explore my site and get back on anything of mutual interest we can follow up

Contact me by e-mail – or ring/text to 0791 035 1272

Keep well, keep safe and keep going

Keith G


October 2020