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, 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 online and live Family History shows run by Family Tree magazine and The Genealogist. These shows have been in York, London and Bristol.  The most recent was in London in September and I am booked for London and York plus an online show in 2023. Also gave an online talk on Northern Ancestry for the Society of Genealogists in October 2022.

  I have also had a major article in a recent annual Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( Folk Music Journal) and have just heard of the publication of an article on sea shanty collection in north east England in a compilation released by Ballad Partners in October 2022 .

I have now finished with a blog on Ashbrooke Sports Club’s remarkable history and its archives (which, until recently, I curated). As a result of this I was invited to give a talk on the club’s activities in the First World War to the U12 side at Sunderland (Association) Football Club in October 2022. The archives contain 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

Hopefully more will be done with the blog soon as I mow have a walk in cupboard to store the Ashbrooke archives and am working at that on a regular basis

  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 three articles published in 2021.  You can see these via the Genealogist web site. Due for other articles her into 2023.

Music

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. 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 . Currently working with others on orchestrating some of my compositions

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

 ihttps://www.questia.com/hbr-welcome

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

https://worldrugbymuseum.blog/?s=Keith+Gregson

Many articles here by me can be found in the club section of the blog if the engine above does not work.

Christmas!

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!