For youngsters Go to my YouTube page at “Keith Gregson” and join in the regularly updated fun during the crisis.
For adults Go to the The Ashbrooke Boys and Shetland pages for details of free copies of online books. The idea is that, during the current crisis, 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 was up to in 2020 when times were different Early in February acted as an ‘expert’ speaker and adviser at the South West Family History Show in Bristol for the second year running. In early summer and autumn involved as an expert (Social and Sporting Historian) in three online shows run by Family Tree magazine and The Genealogist. . In addition until March I continued my involvement in music at the Peacock pub, PopRecs and the Stumble Inn in Sunderland (q.v. online).
In 2019 I gave a lecture on Sport and Song at Headingley Sports Ground for Leeds Beckett University. This is now a major academic article available online at the Taylor and Francis site and published in the international journal ‘Sport in Society’.
I have also had an article accepted for the annual Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( Folk Music Journal). ( Awaiting publication details)
I have now completed 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; https://www.ashbrookesports.org/our-heritage
All my talk commitments over the next few months have been cancelled due to the virus. Watch this space. However there are many exciting things happening in relation to rugby union history and involving the 150th anniversary of the RFU in January gone and the Lions tour of South Africa later this year. Also working with sports and cultural historian Mike Huggins on rugby union leagues in north east England during Edwardian times. Principles, Pragmatism, and Pressure: The Rugby Union Clubs of North-East England 1895–1914 is now available online
I have had major articles published in Family Tree magazine in 2019 and 2020 have at least one commissioned for 2021. I also write on a regular basis for the online monthly and hard copy annual Discover Your Ancestors with three articles already commissioned for 2021. You can see this 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. Full notes on the songs and tunes on the albums will appear with the songs.
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;