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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

ALEX GLASGOW - NORTHERN DRIFT & JOE LIVES

ALEX GLASGOW - NORTHERN DRIFT & JOE LIVESAlex Glasgow
Henry Livings
John Woodvine
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Mawson and Wareham Music Ltd first issued Joe Lives! on LP in 1971 and Northern Drift in 1978.
In 2009, these recordings were digitally restored by Ken McKenzie, who recalls his first encounter with Alex Glasgow: I first met Alex Glasgow in 1965. I had won the British Amateur tape recording Contest and Alex invited me to be interviewed by him on what was then the BBC Home service. He was charming, friendly and witty as he guided me through the live interview. I didn't meet Alex again until Brian Mawson asked me to record Northern Drift at the Edinburgh festival.
By this time, I'd moved from amateur recordist to professional recording engineer. This meant that I'd learnt the valuable skill of being able to charge for my work. Alex was still charming, friendly and witty, as was his co-star, Henry Livings. Later, I saw another facet of Alex's character when someone made a racist remark. Alex switched to full-on battle mode and verbally destroyed the bigot.
We recorded four shows in two days and later edited the material down to fit on a vinyl LP.

The year 2011 is marked by three notable anniversaries: 10 years since Alex Glasgow died, 170 years since the birth of the Tyneside Bard Joe Wilson, and 40 years since the staging of Joe Lives! – the one man show that Alex wrote for actor John Woodvine. As if you needed reasons to pair up the recordings of Northern Drift and Joe Lives! on this double CD.

Film-maker and producer John Mapplebeck has this to say about Northern Drift: Alex and Henry belonged to an age of political certainties. An age when for the first time since Cable street, the barricades were back. Mick Jagger's street fighting Man had plenty of opportunities to exercise his talents, whether it was in front of the American Embassy in Grosvenor square, across trafalgar square in the Poll tax riots, or at Orgreave in support of the miners.

CD1 - NORTHERN DRIFT
Favourite songs and sketches from the award winning BBC radio and television programmes - WITH ALEX GLASGOW & HENRY LIVINGS
Track Writer 
01 Festival time Alex Glasgow[Listen]
02 I Wrote A sonnet Once Jack Marriott[Listen]
03 Budding Gardener No 1 Jim Andrew[Listen]
04 Nigel Alex Glasgow[Listen]
05 Sammy Bell Alex Glasgow[Listen]
06 The Butcher Leonard Barras[Listen]
07 Keep Yer Hand On Yer Halfpenny Alex Glasgow[Listen]
08 Aesop Leonard Barras[Listen]
09 The freezer song Alex Glasgow[Listen]
10 Budding Gardener No 2 Jim Andrew[Listen]
11 A Dark shirt Alex Glasgow[Listen]
12 R.I.P. Alan Garner[Listen]
13 Maggie Gee Alex Glasgow[Listen]
14 Our Harold Brian Thompson[Listen]
15 As soon As this Pub Closes Alex Glasgow[Listen]
Northern Drift: Produced by Keith Statham.
Engineered by Ken McKenzie.
Original Sleeve design by Alan Harvey

CD2 - JOHN WOODVINE in JOE LIVES!
Being the life and times of Joe Wilson by Alex Glasgow
01 Introduction[Listen]
02 Keep Yor feet still![Listen]
03 Aw Wish Yor Muther Wad Cum[Listen]
04 Ne Wark[Listen]
05 The toon Improvement Bill[Listen]
06 The row Upon the stairs [Listen]
07 The Lanlord’s Dowter[Listen]
08 The strike[Listen]
09 Charity![Listen]
10 Teetotal Noo![Listen]
11 Drunken Dolly’s Deeth[Listen]
12 Bonny sally Wheatley[Listen]
13 Flog'd In Jail! [Listen]
14 Wor Neybor Nell![Listen]
15 Me Muther’s Warnin![Listen]
Joe Lives!: Original album produced by Ann Stutfield and Alex Glasgow
Recorded by David Wood (Impulse Studios)
Original Sleeve design by Kevin Carew