Three categories - local history, local song, jazz.
LOCAL HISTORY SITES
WINLATON & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
The society was formed in 1970 by a group of twelve members with the aim of researching and promoting the history of the local area.
It has since evolved into a social group of approximately 120 members, which meets each month to enjoy a talk, given by invited guest speakers, who utilise slides or power point presentations to enhance the interest of their subject.
The society meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the convivial surroundings of the Winlaton New West End Social Club (except June and July, when they arrange excursions to places of interest and August when there is no meeting due to holiday commitments).
Visit the website for full information.
LAND OF OAK AND IRON
Visit this site to find out all that is happening with this fantastic local area initiative relating to our social and industrial history, the natural history, the landscape and amenities.
Visit local author Val Scully's site for information on her fictional books based on deeply researched local history as well as much other information of local interest.
GENUKI - UK & IRELAND GENEALOGY
This amazing resource is not just about genealogy - it contains a wonderful amount of 'local history' and is well worth browsing.
I've included links below to some Genuki pages about other local villages and towns in the Blaydon area.
JAZZ RELATED WEBSITES (some local and some of my favourites)
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
This is Lance Liddle's fascinating blog (it's growing all the time!) with information/photos/comment/archive - all about the local jazz scene and beyond. It is unbiased towards any particular style of jazz, which is great.
It contains hundreds of photos of musicians both local and international, past and present, what's on, concert reviews, stories, quips, obituaries, CD info., visitor comment etc. etc.
Visit to the site highly recommended. Just click on the title above to enter.
JAZZ NORTH EAST
JNE is the main arts funded body arranging the best of jazz across the region.
JAZZ CLUBS WORLDWIDE
Going abroad or elsewhere in the UK? This great site will tell you where and when you can find live jazz.
This is the website of jazz guitarist and nationally respected music educator James Birkett.
James moved to Tyneside in 1984 to take up the post of course leader on the jazz and commercial music diploma course at Newcastle College.
This was to become the B Mus degree now situated at the amazing SAGE concert venue and all music complex (one of the best in the world). When James moved north we soon became very good pals and he became a frequent visitor at Blaydon Jazz Club.
This led to occasional performance work together and more recently his involvement with our tradition of local dialect songs, as a member of The Blaydon Aces.
Master luthier Roger Sadowsky and his team make great, beautifully set up guitars.
Jim Hall - master jazz guitarist and one of the all time great jazz musicians.
Ed Bickert - the great Canadian jazz guitarist - master of tasteful melodic soloing and gentle/subtle comping.
Rebecca Kilgore - one of my favourite singers of standards. Warm, sincere, unpretentious - check out her recordings.
John Hallam - a great UK swing style jazz musician (clarinet and saxophones).
Mike Piggott - great UK Grapelli/Venuti style violinist.
Paul Edis is a local young jazz pianist who is building a national reputation as a wonderful young player. He is inspired and strongly influenced by Bill Evans but is open to all styles across the jazz spectrum.
This is the website of recording engineer Julie Bartley. Julie carried out the recording of Swing City Trio's CD 'What a little moonlight can do' and did a great job. Patient, meticulous, sympathetic to the genre, very reasonable cost and lovely end result. We were all very happy with her work.
MARK TOOMEY - ALTO SAX, CLARINET and FLUTE
Mark is a brilliant bebop styled jazz musician who is also an experienced and much respected music teacher. Check out his website for information about all his music activity.