OUT NOW ON DVD... Passin' the Folks Alang the Road! George Ridley & the Blaydon Races. A new film by Geoff Wonfor starring Craig Conway as Geordie Ridley.
OUT NOW ON CD... Gannin' to Blaydon Races! - The Songs of George Ridley. Arranged & produced by Vic Gammon.
OUT NOW... Gannin' to Blaydon Races! - The life and times of George Ridley. A new book by Dave Harker.
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SUNDAY FOR SAMMY 2012. I have enjoyed the dvds that I have brought from you not only this week - Sunday For Sammy 2012 which I received this morning and have watched and enjoyed tonight but also previous Sunday for Sammy dvds in 2008 and 2006 as well as Big River, Big Songs - The Tyne And The Tall Ships 2005 - I have enjoyed them all and may It continue hence why I have now ordered Sunday for Sammy 2004 and 2010. Shelley B
SUNDAY FOR SAMMY 2012. I have just finished watching it, really enjoyed it. Hats off to Tim and his colleagues. Andrew P
SUNDAY FOR SAMMY 2012. Many thanks for sending me the Sunday for Sammy DVD so quickly. This is a highly entertaining, amusing and well produced DVD. In addition, the three fantastic songs performed by the excellent Joe McElderry make it essential viewing for his many fans. Jo O
Alex Glasgow - Northern Drift & Joe Lives My CD of Northern Drift and Joe Lives! arrived this morning - many thanks for the speedy service, it's much appreciated. Many years ago I had a LP version of Joe Lives! and really enjoyed John Woodvine's performance. Sadly, somewhere along the way in various house moves and de-clutterings it went astray and I thought it was gone for good. I had not been able to find a new copy in any format anywhere. But just the other day I was prompted to do a new Google search for John Woodvine and Joe Lives! and found your firm and all your marvellous material, and there it was, hence my order. I am very pleased to have a fresh new copy of Joe Lives! It's playing now as I type this message. I'm trying not to sing along too loud... As an expat-Geordie I'll be coming back for more of your recordings. Best regards Alan T
Big River, Big Songs - The Tyne DVD's received today. Have just spent the most amazing time watching, singing, crying, laughing. best few quid ever spent. Bought the other one for my Mothers 84th birthday present which is a couple of days after Christmas. Just hope she has enjoyed it as much as me. Sure she will. Thanks Catherine H
Big River, Big Songs - The Tyne Watched the DVD last night, it was the best entertainment we have seen for years; it beats the modern stuff by miles. Thank you. Alan E
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Big River, Big Songs - The Tyne Thank you so much for the DVD and for posting it so promptly. I watched it last night and was enthralled with it, the photography is super and the singing is absolutely great. Thank you again. Jill B
The Owen Brannigan Story DVD Sir, 79years, ex-geordie, ex GP, may I say how much I enjoyed your DVD about Owen Brannigan. The accompanist interviewed was superb. But why no mention of Ernest Lush? Their "Friday Night" recitals were superb. Clever, witty, superbly professional, etc. Regards, James B

Dave Harker

  Dave Harker Dave Harker edited George Ridley, Gateshead Poet and Vocalist in 1973, co-edited The Big Red Song Book in 1977 and published One for the Money: politics and popular song in 1980. His Fakesong: the Manufacture of British 'folksong,' 1700 to the present day, published in 1985, was the first volume in the Open University Press's Popular Music in Britain series, which he co-edited.

He edited Songs from the Manuscript Collection of John Bell and Songs and Verse of the North East Pitmen, c.1780-1844, published by the Surtees Society in 1985 and 1999, and he retired from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, in order to get more involved in education.

He published Tressell: The Real Story of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' in 2003 and co-authored The Flying Pickets. The 1972 builders' strike and the Shrewsbury trials with veteran flying pickets from the NE in 2008. Dave was elected as Secretary of the North East Shop Stewards' Network in 2008, and was re-elected in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He runs - the NESSN website.


Dave Harker Gannin' to Blaydon Races! - The life and times of George Ridley (Book)
Few songs - or at least, few choruses - are as famous in North East England as Blaydon Races. It is one of few examples of regional culture that are known across Britain and beyond. Yet the song was not a great success in George Ridley's lifetime, and he died ...