retiring from the day job in 2004, I have been busy researching a few topics,
and publishing the results. It's like sleuthing, which gives you the buzz.
The digital age has made this remarkably easy to do, which means that you
hardly need to move from your computer!
In the last ten years:
- A book "The Elliotts of Birtley"
(2008). Go Here
- A paper on the song John Barleycorn,
2004 issue of Folk
- Occasional visiting loecturer
on the Folk Degree course at
- Talks at various festivals
and folk clubs on "Songs about Horatio Nelson", "John Barleycorn",
"The Songs of the Elliotts
of Birtley", "North
East Folk Songs", and "Newcastle Chapbooks"
- CD reviews for
English Dance and Song,
- Articles for Living
Tradition on Brian Watson, Louis Killen, the FARNE project,
and The Future of the Folk Club
- Articles on Musical Traditions
Barleycorn revisited" and
"Tyneside Song: print and be trad?"
- Article "A homage to the
Geordie singing people" on Tynefolk
- A chapter on Newcastle Chapbooks
in a recent book on Street Literature, edited by David Atkinson and Steve
Roud,published by Ashgate in June 1014
- A talk on "Napoleonic
songs: an overview" given at the Cecil Sharp House conference October
5th 2013, published by Loomis House July 2015
- My most recent book, "The
Green Linnet" Napoleonic songs from the French Wars to the preasent
day. The biggest thing I have ever tackled! Go