Happy New Year!! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

December 31st, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Happy New Year!!   Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!   Here’s wishing and working for peace, justice and goodwill to all who inhabit the earth: beast, bird, insect and human; the discovered and yet to be discovered; the born and yet to be born. Let 2017 be the start of us all getting on better together […]


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Important Cause: Your Help Requested!!

November 21st, 2016 Posted in Gigs, News

  Our lovely daughter who, along with her lovely boyfriend, has presented us with a lovely granddaughter, has a mission which is very dear to her heart. She has set up a petition and needs as many signatures as possible to achieve her aim.   I’m best letting her explain it to you:   “Help […]


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Nice One Jayne, Ya Done It Again!

November 11th, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News

  Last year we had a couple of gigs with the Alf Alfa Ceili Band when we were joined by jazz clarinet legend Eric Newton. To accommodate Eric’s Bb instrument, I whacked a set of heavy gauge strings on a ‘spare’ fiddle and tuned it down a tone. This way me and Ekka could play […]


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BORDERING RACISM: A CONSIDERATION OF SO-CALLED BORDER MORRIS AND BLACKING UP

September 15th, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

I was shown a photograph a couple of days ago that had captured two so-called “Border Morris” sides with their tatters and feathers and blackened faces, grouped together grinning at the camera against the backdrop of an ancient half-timbered building. The group looked about to burst into a chorus of ‘Dat Ol’ Man Ribber’ on […]


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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

January 29th, 2015 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Yesterday marked the seventieth year since Auschwitz was liberated. Amazingly, there are people who deny such places were ever anything more than ‘harmless’ labour camps. But, there are still those among us who remember the truth, the reality, the horror of it all. It is vital that their experiences – bought at such a […]


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BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA BAWB

January 6th, 2015 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Yay, back bloggin!! Happy New Year to you all.   ‘sbin so long since my last post that too much has happened to catch up on. No doubt bits n pieces will come out as I go along, but, hey, new year, new start.   There’s been a load of interest in some Heymaker […]


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Yer ‘aving a larf, ain’tcha???!!

March 14th, 2013 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  HOT TOPIC AMONG LOCAL MUSICIANS: SHOULD YA EVER PLAY FER NOWT?   Absolutely NOT!! Are you kidding?!!   Especially as what most mean by ‘playing for nowt’ is actually paying to play!!   You have to buy and maintain your instruments, you have to get yourself to gigs and you probably buy drinks and […]


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StringFing’s ChristmasFing

December 11th, 2011 Posted in Gigs

YAY!! It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!! StringFing’s ChristmasFing Wednesday December 14th Holy Inadequate, Etruria   with guests Lynda Fox, percussion, and blooz boys Pete Latham & Chris Bingham 8.30pm start. Bring yourself along. You deserve it!   *** Hey, hey, go merrily on your way, Terry ***


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