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.  The next few weeks, however, are busy;

N.B. Saturday 11 January - The Pallion Lad and the Incomer -an evening of Wearside songs written and performed by Dave Murray and self - New PopRecs, High Street West - doors open 7.00 - tickets £5 from PopRecs - all monies to new PopRecs. Gig had to be abandoned due to problems with building safety at the last minute. Look here for details of re-dating

Tuesday 14 January - The Peacock, Sunderland  7.00 to 9.00 - Live and Vinyl 60s with KG - all welcome - free. 

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.

Busy Christmas  Monday 23 December - the Peacock Pub, Central Sunderland - welcome to Christmas - Christmas Music live and on record - a great night with Barry and Dan contributing.Tuesday 24 December - Annual Family Christmas Party - PopRecs Stockton Road 12 to 2.00  - another enjoyable event - about 60 of all ages present at one point! Earlier in 2019  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. This is being followed up with a major academic article in the post conference publication - now with the editor. 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 which took place on 9 November. The stand is known as 'The Last Stand' and is 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 and  for Family Tree Live at the Alexandra Palace  ( a talk and two workshops). 

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. 

 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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