When Henri Had the Blues

September 1st, 2017 Posted in Music

  Still slowly putting together the story of Cops n Robbers rhythm n blues band under the working title of ‘When Henri Had the Blues,’ so it was good to hear from Larry from those far off days in the great blues county of Essex! Happy days, indeed reminding me that I must try to […]


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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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Help a Hog be Happy!!

November 16th, 2016 Posted in Music, News

  Our Jack’s mate Shereda Rose asked him to write a song in support of hedgehog preservation. Jack turned his prodigious talents to laying down  a track for it, playing synth drums, bass guitar, keyboards and electric guitars (told you he was talented) and enlisted me to write a lyric.   I came up with […]


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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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Back to Black

October 22nd, 2016 Posted in Music

Jason Hill, legend of the British folk scene has been a long-time supporter and promoter of traditional and contemporary folk music through his folk clubs and concerts as well as being a fine folk musician in his own right. I emailed him for his take on blackface Morris dancing and received this reply: Hi Terry […]


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Great Discovery!!

September 23rd, 2016 Posted in Music

I discovered Walker Strings Ltd, in Cross Street, Congleton,  through Lynda having booked her cello lessons there. I took a spare violin to the shop to have a new bridge fitted – to try them out really, I suppose.   The instrument was set up so beautifully by Jayne that I immediately took her my […]


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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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Cops n Robbers R&B Band

July 9th, 2015 Posted in Music, News

  Next year marks 50 years since the demise of the Cop n Robbers for which I played keyboards. The band existed for a brief  time only, from its ragged beginnings in 1963 to its implosion in 1966. We gigged with most of the bands of the day on the British R&B and blues scene: Alexis […]


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