For youngsters Go to my YouTube page at “Keith Gregson” and join in the fun activities put down in 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 – even though we are told that we are in safer times. 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’.‘Sport and song go together …’ A personal reflection on the art of the sporting balladeer I have also had an article accepted for the annual Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( Folk Music Journal). ( Still 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.I have continued to have major articles published in Family Tree and Who Do You Think You Are and recently have had two lengthy articles in the annual hardback journal Discover Your Ancestors.
Music – A handful of new songs and tunes were written across the early pandemic and should be with you soon.