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 York (June) and I am booked for London in September and another online show as well as a zoom for the Society of Genealogists in October.

Musically I have continued my involvement in music at the Peacock pub, PopRecs and the Stumble Inn in Sunderland (q.v. online).

  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. Afternoon concert on Sunderland songs arranged at venue 1719 in Sunderland for the afternoon of August 17 2022. Also gave a talk on Sunderland songs to U3A on June 15 .

 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;