Hello. I hope you enjoy looking through my website. There is a variety of topics to browse through, ranging from my music interests to aspects of local history.
I'm a Tyneside singer and guitarist particularly interested in two genres of music.
Local Dialect Songs.
I have a longstanding affection for our dialect songs. I was born in Blaydon and that's where my fascination started. The Blaydon Races Geordie anthem is the most famous of a quite amazing, immensely varied repertoire of local song in dialect. It's a tradition of which Geordies worldwide are rightly proud. I think they uniquely encapsulate our culture, humour, history, emotions and language in a delightful way. This heritage of Tyneside and Northumbrian dialect songs goes back over centuries.
They range from old folk songs, handed down aurally, to Victorian Music Hall. From songs from the 1950s radio program 'Wot Cheor Geordie' to recent folk idiom and pop songs. I have of my own versions of this repertoire on CD, click on the local song CDs page for full details, reviews and comment. For downloading/streaming visit the website 'Bandcamp.com'.
For lots of interesting information about our dialect check out the work of the Northumbrian Language Society at their website www.northumbrianlanguagesociety.co.uk
Bandcamp - listen to tracks
Many musicians worldwide use Bandcamp to promote their work. To simply take a listen to a selection of songs, or to download/stream tracks or albums, go to the Bandcamp.com website then go to 'search and discover music' and search the artist's name.
CD 'Geordie Odyssey' released March 2021. More information on the Local Song CDs page.
'A better overview of the unique Tyneside song tradition would be hard to find' -
Living Tradition Magazine - issue 139, June/July 2021.
Jazz - Guitar and Vocals / Blaydon Jazz Club.
My teenage interest in pop music moved on into R&B and folk blues then jazz. I had played guitar in my teens but then became very interested in jazz guitar. I left my office job to study music 1992/95 after which I taught guitar until I retired.
My jazz playing is mostly based around the 'American Songbook' repertoire. This is the music of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Harold Arlen and so many more. They all represent a golden age in song writing.
In addition to my own playing, my involvement with Blaydon Jazz Club has been very important to me. I helped start the club which has run continuously since 1984. I've put a biography of the club (photographs + music) on YouTube in a series of videos. Check out the YouTube link below and select the jazz club playlist.
YouTube - BlaydonAces channel.
I have examples of my music on YouTube so if you are interested visit my BlaydonAces channel. I've put my videos into 'playlists' which you may wish to check out. They are about my music, the jazz club, local countryside walks, aspects of local history and natural history. I've included a few short informal music renditions recorded at home during the lockdowns. See link below.
As I've grown older I've become more interested in our local history and culture. In particular the history of my home patch, the Blaydon and Winlaton locality, which, in several aspects, is truly remarkable. It is no exaggeration to say that. I have some Blaydon area historical information on the website which I hope you might find interesting. Check out the history of the Keelmen and early coal mining, Sir Ambrose Crowley and Crowley's Crew, The Cowens, Blaydon Burn, the Lead Road, Axwell Hall, The Spike, The White City, and, last but not least, the chequered history of the legendary Blaydon Races.
Click on the headings below for more information on the various topics.
Click on 'Blaydon and Winlaton History' to access a sub-menu of essays.
Pictured left - the beautiful Path Head Watermill, Blaydon.