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   



For youngsters (As noted on first page) 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 due for publication 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).

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;

 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 2021 and the Lions tour of South Africa later in that year. Also working with sports and cultural historian Mike Huggins on rugby union leagues in north east England during Edwardian times.

 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. Notes on the songs and tunes on the albums will soon appear the ‘My Songs and Tunes’ section of this site.  

 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;