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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
Big River, Big Songs - The Tyne Received it, love it, as two Northerners living in the Midlands for 46 years, it brought tears to our eyes. Thanks again. Jean D
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

Artists

Thomas Allen Thomas Allen
Thomas Allen (baritone) was born in Seaham Harbour and studied singing and organ at the Royal College of music. He has performed with La Scala in Milan, the State Operas of Vienna and Munich, Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. With Royal Opera Covent Garden,....[more]

Shiela Armstrong Shiela Armstrong
Sheila Armstrong (soprano) was born in Ashington, Northumberland. After studying in Newcastle and the Royal Academy of Music, she won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award and the Mozart Prize in the same year. She has sang with Sadler's Wells, Glyndebourne Festival, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as major fe....[more]

Eric Boswell Eric Boswell
Eric Boswell was originally from Wearside, but lived the later part of his life in rural Northumbria. Perhaps his greatest commercial success was the Christmas children’s song Little Donkey, which has been recorded by many stars, including Gracie Fields, Nina & Frederick, and the Beverley Sisters. He was a prolific composer,....[more]

Owen Brannigan Owen Brannigan
Owen Brannigan (bass) was born at Annitsford in Northumberland in 1908. He was originally a carpenter by trade, but studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He was a regular at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, and recorded many Gilbert & Sullivan songs as well as favourites from his native North East. ....[more]

Canticle
Canticle are a vocal octet directed by David Murray for the Northumbria Anthology. ....[more]

Luke Casey Luke Casey
Luke Casey is an award-winning broadcaster who has worked in television for over 30 years. In the 1960s, he worked as a reporter for BBC Look North in Newcastle covering stories on Teesside and North Yorkshire. Luke was the first journalist to persuade James Herriot (AKA Thirsk vet, Alf Wight) to appear on television, correc....[more]

Suzannah Clarke Suzannah Clarke
Suzannah Clarke (soprano) trained in Italy with Arrigo Pola, Pavarotti's singing coach. She speaks Italian fluently and has won international competitions in Spoleto, Modena and Barcelona. She has performed at Opera Festivals in Batignano, Barbados and Wexford and sung leading roles in many operas including The Marriage ....[more]

David Clelland David Clelland
David Clelland was born in Gateshead and worked as an electrical tester for Reyrolle. He became the MP for Tyne Bridge in 1985. 'I've been singing this song as a party piece for years, but I was surprised and delighted when the people from the Northumbria Anthology asked me to record it', says David.....[more]

Terry Conway Terry Conway
Terry Conway was born in Hexham General Hospital, and, apart from a short sojourn in Southport when very young, has lived in Northumberland ever since. He worked for Northumberland County Council for many years, but has now ‘retired' as a self-employed gardener/handyman. Fortunately, he also finds time to write, perfor....[more]

Craig Conway Craig Conway
Craig's first major TV appearance was in 'Our Friends in the North' and more recently has been seen in feature films 'The Descent', 'Doomsday' and 'Vera Drake'.....[more]

Steve Daggett Steve Daggett
Steve Daggett is a singer-songwriter and an ex member of Lindisfarne (1985/89). He now performs solo and as part of his acoustic trio with Rachael Rhoades (fiddle, accordion) and Michael Bailey (upright bass). Steve produced the backing track for Bryan Ferry's contribution to the Northumbria Anthology, the Wearside anthem Th....[more]

Graeme Danby Graeme Danby
Graeme Danby is Principal Bass with English National Opera. He was born in Consett, County Durham, and has sung with many other companies in the UK and in Europe, including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera North and Scottish Opera. ....[more]

Johnny Dickinson Johnny Dickinson
Johnny Dickinson is a singer/songwriter who has played in a range of bands, including Splitcrow, The Moonshine Boys, Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes and the Hillbillies From Outer Space. Johnny's deft fingerstyle and slide guitar playing reflects his Celtic and Northumbrian influences and love of the blues, and perfectly comple....[more]

Judy Dinning Judy Dinning
Judy Dinning is a singer/songwriter who was born and brought up in Hexhamshire and still lives near Hexham. She's a classically trained singer, with a Diploma in Voice from the London College of Music, but her first love is for traditional music. She plays guitar, keyboards, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran and percussion. ....[more]

Mike Elliott Mike Elliott
Mike Elliott used to compère the folk club at the now demolished George and Dragon pub in Sunderland. He formed Northern Front with Ed Pickford and Nick Fenwick, and ran the Londonderry Nickelodeon. He's worked as a singer, comedian, after dinner speaker and radio shock jock. He appeared in the box office succ....[more]

Billy Fane Billy Fane
Billy Fane was born in Dinnington, Northumberland. He was an apprentice baker, but left to go to teaching college. He performed in folk clubs and acted in the TV series Byker Grove and the film Billy Elliott. At present, he's taking a masters degree in special educational needs. ....[more]

Bryan Ferry Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry rose to fame with Roxy Music and has since had a glittering international solo career. Songs available through MWM: (The) Lambton Worm Written in 1867, this tells of the strange gannins-on that occurred on Wearside in the times of the Crusades. As Bryan is a Washington lad, the song was an obvious choice....[more]

Bob Fox Bob Fox
Bob Fox has been on the folk scene since the early 70s. He's had several musical partners, including Tom McConville, Stu Luckley and Vin Garbutt. His latest collaboration is with Jed Grimes and The Hush (formed in the Summer of 2001). ....[more]

Alan Fox Alan Fox
Alan Fox is the Rolls Royce of comedians,the type of entertainer who effortlessly draws in his audience, starts them laughing and then keeps the gags and cracks coming at a steady rate till the crowd are putty in his hands. A native of South Shields on Tyneside, Alan began entertaining as a young man and after demob from the arm....[more]

Vic Gammon Vic Gammon
Vic Gammon is a performer of English traditional music (mainly on the voice, anglo concertina, and melodeon) a writer, researcher and member of the Editorial Board of the Folk Music Journal. He has also composed music for a number of stage and radio plays. He has performed in various groups including The Etchingham Steam Band wi....[more]

Vin Garbutt Vin Garbutt
Vin Garbutt was born in South Bank, Middlesbrough. While he was still at school, he often performed folk songs at the local Rifle Club. He was apprenticed to ICI, but at the age of 21, decided to become a professional musician. In 1972, he recorded his first album - The Valley Of Tees. This firmly established him as a si....[more]

Alex Glasgow Alex Glasgow
Alex Glasgow was born in 1935 in Gateshead. He cited one of his greatest influences as Gateshead Public Library. After graduating in Languages from Leeds University, he taught in Germany. On his return to Newcastle, he joined the BBC. He also began to write topical songs. He composed the music for Alan Plater's play Clos....[more]

Benny Graham Benny Graham
Benny Graham has performed as a solo singer, as a member of the harmony band Pegleg Ferret, and in collaboration with Bob Fox. As well as singing, Benny also works in theatre, TV and radio. ....[more]

Richard Grainger Richard Grainger
Richard Grainger is a native of Middlesbrough and performs traditional material as well as his own songs. He worked with Charles O'Connor, who later was a founder member of Irish folk-rock band Horslips. In the 1980s, Richard was a member of the Teesside Fettlers who brought the music of Cleveland to an international aud....[more]

Robson Green Robson Green
Robson Green was born in Hexham. Although best known as a TV actor, he's no stranger to singing. At the age of nine, he sang the lead role in Dudley primary school's production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Six years later, he played Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, staged by Seaton Burn High School D....[more]

Jed Grimes Jed Grimes
Jed Grimes used to play in a folk-rock band called Hedgehog Pie. Three albums and six years of touring Europe later, the band split. Since then, Jed has worked solo and with a variety of musicians and singers, including Dave Burland, Rab Noakes, Mike Harding, Keef Hartley, The Doonan Family Band and Stewart Hardy. In 2001, H....[more]

Johnny Handle Johnny Handle
Johnny Handle founded the Folksong and Ballad Club in Newcastle's Bridge Hotel with Louis Killen in 1958. He's recorded many albums, both with the High Level Ranters and as a solo musician and singer. He plays accordion, keyboards, banjo, whistle and the Northumbrian pipes. In 1999, Johnny was engaged by the Northumbria Anth....[more]

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 Po....[more]

David Haslam David Haslam
David Haslam was offered the post of principal flute in the Scottish National Orchestra when still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1962, he joined the Northern Sinfonia, again as principal flute. Since his appointment as Associate Conductor in 1966, he has conducted numerous concerts at home and abroad, working w....[more]

Brendan Healy Brendan Healy
Brendan Healy started his career as a musician, playing keyboards in groups around his native North East. He then moved to theatre and to Tyne Tees TV to present children's programmes. Brendan still works in television and has written over forty signature tunes to date. Brendan has played keyboards with Lindisfarne, and curr....[more]

Tim Healy Tim Healy
Tim Healy is probably best known for his role as Dennis, the gaffer in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Since then, he's appeared in many TV dramas, including The Lost World, Heartburn Hotel, A Perfect Spy, The Grand and Common as Muck. In 2002, he rejoined fellow Geordies Jimmy Nail and Kevin Whately for the first new series of Auf Wieder....[more]

Chick Henderson Chick Henderson
Chick Henderson (real name: Henderson Rowntree) got his nickname when a fan brought him a hot chicken supper. He became an international star with Begin The Beguine, recorded in 1939. But the disc didn't mention Chick's name, giving the credit to Joe Loss And His Band. The singer received £4 for the recording session, w....[more]

The High Level Ranters The High Level Ranters
The High Level Ranters have been playing traditional music for over 30 years. Their name comes from the location of a folk club at the North end of the High Level Bridge across the Tyne. The original Ranters were Alistair Anderson, Tommy Gilfellon, Johnny Handle, and Colin Ross. At various times, Forster Charlton, John Doona....[more]

Bobby Hooper Bobby Hooper
Bobby Hooper was best known for The Dixielanders show that he formed with Billy Martin. The Dixielanders appeared many times on television, and some footage of their act is still available on the Comedy Classics video. In the late 70s, they launched the Dixielanders Music Hall, with James Bolam and Malcolm McDonald among the....[more]

The Hush The Hush
The Hush were formed in 2001 by Jed Grimes (guitar, vocals) to record new arrangements of a range of songs from the vast repertoire originating in the North East of England. Jed is joined by Bob Fox (guitar, vocals), Paul Smith (drums, percussion), Neil Harland (bass), Graham Wood (keyboards) and Garry Linsley (sax). The....[more]

Brian Johnson Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson hails from Dunston, Gateshead, and is lead singer with the rock band AC/DC. Brian had previously recorded Wor Geordie's Lost His Liggy in 1973 with the Newcastle band Geordie. It was released as the B-side of a song called Rock'n'Roller.....[more]

Bobby Knoxall Bobby Knoxall
Bobby Knoxall has come a long way since his early life in the east end of Sunderland, where he earned a precarious living as a bombsite barrow boy. His National Service in the Army and even more terrifying apprenticeship before the hard audiences of the workmen's clubs of the North East added to the fund of anecdotes and jok....[more]

Lindisfarne Lindisfarne
Lindisfarne were formed in 1969 when singer-songwriter Alan Hull joined forces with Brethren (Rod Clements, Simon Cowe, Ray Jackson & Ray Laidlaw). The name Lindisfarne was first used the following year when the band brought out their first LP Nicely Out Of Tune. Over the years, there were various changes in the line up.....[more]

Henry Livings Henry Livings
HENRY LIVINGS was born near Manchester in 1929, went to the local grammar school, which he heartily despised as training for white collar snobs, and then won a bursary to Liverpool University to read spanish. This was a golden time of irresponsibility and feasting on the more abstruse aspects of those writers they managed to con....[more]

Billy Martin Billy Martin
Billy Martin was born in Gateshead in 1923, but the family moved to Newcastle when he was a child. He was fond of saying how he ‘escaped' from Gateshead by swimming across the Tyne! Billy's career really took off when he formed the Dixielanders with Bobby Hooper. The show was a tremendous success in clubs around the North ....[more]

Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell was born on Tyneside although he lived in Canada for a while. Back in the UK, he joined Jack the Lad, and at the end of the Seventies he formed Maxie & Mitch with Peter McIntyre, mixing humour and music in a highly entertaining way. In 1996, he was recruited by Lindisfarne and worked with them until their ....[more]

Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia
Northern Sinfonia was founded in Newcastle in 1958 and is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Their permanent home is now at The Sage, Gateshead. The Sinfonia has a vast repertoire and an extremely high standard of musicianship. The orchestra boasts a specialist education team who are path-fi....[more]

Northern Sinfonia Chorus Northern Sinfonia Chorus
Northern Sinfonia Chorus was formed in 1973 with amateur singers who deliver a totally professional quality of singing. The Chorus work with the internationally renowned Northern Sinfonia. The chorus master is Alan Fearon, who is also a timpanist, pianist, harpsichordist and orchestral conductor.....[more]

Anne-Marie Owens Anne-Marie Owens
Anne-Marie Owens (mezzo soprano) was born in South Shields and first studied at the Newcastle School of Music. Recent engagements include La Frugola in Il Trittico at English National Opera, Aszucena in Il Trovatore for Scottish Opera, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff in Santiago, the Witch in Hansel & Gretel at the Lyric Opera ....[more]

Bobby Pattinson Bobby Pattinson
Bobby Pattinson is one of the most successful North East comedians. He's worked in most English speaking countries and topped the bill in virtually every theatre in the UK. In 1978, Bobby opened the hugely popular Talk Of The Tyne club in Gateshead. He gave up stand-up performances in 1995, but made a sell-out 50th Anniversa....[more]

Alan Price Alan Price
Alan Price was born in Fatfield, County Durham. He was organist in the original line up of the Animals - it was his Vox Continental arpeggios and solo that gave The House Of The Rising Sun much of its unique sound. After leaving the band, Alan had solo hits including Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear, The House That J....[more]

Valerie Reid Valerie Reid
Valerie Reid (mezzo soprano) was born in Fife and studied singing at the RSAMD in Glasgow. She graduated with a BA mus perf and a DRSAMD in 1986 and immediately joined Glyndebourne. She's sung with English National Opera and Scottish Opera and given performances at concerts all over the world including St Petersburg, Monte C....[more]

Bill Robinson Bill Robinson
More details soon.....[more]

Claire Rutter Claire Rutter
Claire Rutter (soprano) was born in South Shields. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the National Opera Studio. She's sung with Scottish Opera, Opéra de Montpellier, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and at performances all over the world including Hong Kong, Beijing and the Ludwi....[more]

Pete Scott Pete Scott
Pete Scott was born in Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He started out singing in folk clubs and has gone on to perform both nationally and internationally. Pete has released three solo albums plus his homage to Joe Wilson, The Day Of Life and his latest work Talking To A Stranger. Pete combines his writing and performing wi....[more]

Alan Snell Alan Snell
Alan Snell hails from Gateshead and currently lives in Killingworth. He started his show business career as a member of a vocal group The Langford Boys but in 1970 he switched to comedy. His stage outfit of ill-fitting black suit and white vest makes him instantly recognisable to North East audiences. ....[more]

Paul Squire Paul Squire
More info coming soon....[more]

Dave Stewart Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart was born in Sunderland and has played in various bands, including Stewart and Harrison, Longdancer, the Tourists, the Eurhythmics and the Spiritual Cowboys. He's also collaborated with many other artists, notably Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O'Connor, U2 and Natalie Imbruglia.....[more]

Sting Sting
Sting played in the Newcastle jazz group Last Exit before forming the Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. After the Police split, he found international fame as a solo artist, but still finds time to work with the Rainforest Foundation and Amnesty International.....[more]

Ian Storey Ian Storey
Ian Storey (tenor) was born and raised in Chilton, County Durham. He's performed all over Europe, as well as in the UK with Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. His roles include Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Jenik in The Bartered Bride,....[more]

Ray Stubbs Ray Stubbs
Ray Stubbs plays various instruments including guitar, piano and harmonica. In 1971, he formed an acoustic blues trio called Pigmeat, along with Sammy Johnson and Jim Murray. The band started to perform folk dates, but quickly graduated to the college circuit and played support to several big names, including the Barbara....[more]

Sue Sweeney Sue Sweeney
The region's own first lady of comedy burst onto the circuit fairly recently following a successful twenty year career as a vocalist. In an avenue of entertainment where it often takes many years to build up a following, Sue's comedy performances were an instant hit and she caught the eyes and ears of regional broadcasting bosse....[more]

Bobby Thompson Bobby Thompson
Bobby Thompson was born in New Penshaw, in the heart of the North East Durham coalfield. He left school at fourteen to work down the pit, where his experiences provided him with much of the material for his early act. He left the colliery in 1931 to earn a precarious living with a concert party. During World War II, he served wi....[more]

Denis Weatherley Denis Weatherley
Denis Weatherley (bass-baritone) was born in Ryton in 1912. He took a science degreee at Armstrong College, Newcastle and began a career in teaching. He was a member of the BBC singers, sang operatic roles and presented radio programmes, as well as delighting audiences with his renditions of North East songs. ....[more]

Denise Welch Denise Welch
Denise Welch was born in Ebchester, County Durham. She's appeared often on TV, perhaps most famously as Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street. In 1995, her double-A side You Don't Have to Say You Love Me/Cry Me a River spent 3 weeks in the UK singles chart. ....[more]

Kevin Whately Kevin Whately
Kevin Whately found TV fame playing the part of Neville the joiner in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and has since had leading roles in many dramas, including Peak Practice, Pure Wickedness and The Broker's Man. He appeared in the Oscar-winning film The English Patient, but is possibly best known for his portrayal as Sergeant Robbie L....[more]

Geoff Wonfor Geoff Wonfor
Geoff Wonfor is an internationally famous TV director. He's worked The Tube, the Beatles Anthology, Eurythmics Live and numerous rock and pop videos. ....[more]

John Woodvine John Woodvine
JOHN WOODVINE was born in south shields, Co. Durham. His first West End appearance was in Inherit the Wind in 1960 and later in the Doctor’s Dilemma and Poor Horace. More recently, he played Jackie in the original production of Close the Coalhouse Door in Newcastle, as well as in the London and BBC television productions. His ma....[more]