Latest update on things in general

There is a change in the update page as I am no longer working regularly in schools, museums and libraries as before. I have also been working on two major  projects and  collating all my written songs and music and will be using this and other pages to report back.

   On the online book front visit The Ashbrooke Boys page and From Shetland to Keel Square page for download details. 

In terms of talks and performances - things are still happening !

   In August and early September I sang local songs at the Usworth Miners' Picnic, Sunday by the Seaside and the Wearside Riverside Festival and also gave a talk and offered expert advice at the London Family History Show. In July I featured as an 'expert' and guest speaker at the South West Family History Show in Bristol and also at the Yorkshire Show in York in June. I also gave  a lecture on Sport and Song  at Headingley Sports Ground for  Leeds Beckett University. A talk on Ashbrooke Sports Club for Sunderland U3A went down well ( over 100 in the audience) and I now  write a regular  blog on Ashbrooke Sports Club's remarkable history and its archives ( which I curate). Recently the blog - and indeed all the Ashbrooke work - has been dedicated to preparations for the re-dedication of the grandstand on 9 November. The stand will be known as 'The Last Stand' and dedicated to victims of both world wars and rugby players from the club who are no longer with us, Catch up with the blog at; 

 https://www.ashbrookesports.org/our-heritage 

 

   Gave a concert on mining songs in May as part of a coal mining project in Southwick, Sunderland.Spoke and gave a workshop at Family History Live  at the Alexandra Palace in April. Both lecture and workshop  sold out! Lectures were given at the Society of Genealogists in London and as part of the Folk Music Degree course at Newcastle University - both in February.  The former  (at the SOG) has gone well and I intend to offer a number of half day course on Tracing Ancestors to other groups (please contact if interested). I have been booked for the Family History Shows in London, Bristol and York in 2020. 

Music

Still composing and collating.Now recording professionally all my major pieces and putting them on my jukebox. Notes on the songs and tunes can be found in the 'My Songs and Tunes' section. 

 I have had two major articles published in Family Tree magazine in 2019 and have further commissions for 2020. I also write on a regular basis for the online and hard copy Discover Your Ancestors. 

October has been spent working on a major article on sport and song for a conference special publication - also on putting together a separate collection of songs I have written specifically about sport. 

 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. 

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