Current Activity Update

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

For adults   Go to the The Ashbrooke Boys and Shetland pages for details of free copies of online books. The idea is that, after what may be considered 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. 

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 work in this area – past and present – scattered across the web site. I had a major article in a the annual Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( Folk Music Journal) in 2021 and an article on sea shanty collection in north east England in a compilation released by Ballad Partners in October 2022 . I have also begun to contribute to FolkLife magazine on a regular basis

Genealogy  Over the past few years I have acted as an expert (Social and Sporting Historian) in online and live Family History shows run by Family Tree magazine and The Genealogist. These shows have taken place in York, London and Bristol.  The most recent was online in February 2023 and I am booked for York (in June) and London(in September). I also gave an online talk on Northern Ancestry for the Society of Genealogists in October 2022 and am booked for further online talks to other genealogical societies in 2023 and 2024. I have had major articles published in Family Tree magazine in between 2019 and 2021 and am due to have more published in 2023. I also write on a regular basis for the online monthly and hard copy annual Discover Your Ancestors with one in February’s edition and two others in the pipeline.  You can see these via the Genealogist web site.

Sporting History

As noted in the introductory page I am still historian for Sunderland (Rugby) Football Club and archivist for the overarching Ashbrooke Sports Club – although I am searching for someone young to fulfil that role. I have restarted the club blog experimentally. See

Music Still composing and collating. I have now recorded professionally all my major pieces which are now available as two separate albums on YouTube (with notes).  Still performing from time to time. Afternoon concert on Sunderland songs took place at venue 1719 in Sunderland on August 17 2022 followed by a similar talk in the same venue at their Fayre in October.. Also gave a talk on Sunderland songs to U3A on June 15 and, in February 2023, to travel and tourism students at the local college . In March I did a talk on Sunderland songs to 40 members of a local W.I. Currently working with others on orchestrating some of my compositions.


2022 Christmas ( see below) seems to have been successful and I hope to rpeat all events in 2023

22nd December 22.00 An hour of Christmas songs with self and Barry Hyde after the Christmas Quiz at the Peacock

23 December ‘Christmas on Record’ at the Bunker/Independent Cafe (Old Pop Recs) Stockton Road 15.00 to 17.00 – original 78 and 45 records 1920s to 1990s

24 December 12.00 – PopRecs High Street West -‘Christmas With Keith’ 12.00 – 14.00 – return of the annual family fun session – quiz, music and of course – the panto!