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Pete Peverley is appearing in The Bobby Thompson Story at the Theatre Royal Newcastle on 13th and 14th March 2013.
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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OUT NOW... SUNDAY FOR SAMMY 2012. The show at City Hall, Newcastle was on 12th February - DVD available now.

Coming Soon... 'George Ridley' a new book by Dave Harker due out to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of his most famous song.

Also ... to accompany the book; all his songs are being recorded now, sung to the original tunes, with arrangements by Vic Gammon with Benny Graham, Brian Watson, Jim, Mageean and Johnny Handle. Also due in the spring.

Celebrating the life of Bobby Thompson. Peter Peverley at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle on 6th & 7th June 2012 - keeping the faith!

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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

THE OWEN BRANNIGAN STORY - A TRIBUTE BY GRAEME DANBY

THE OWEN BRANNIGAN STORY - A TRIBUTE BY GRAEME DANBYOwen Brannigan
Graeme Danby
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Graeme Danby, North Eastern born opera star and St James' Park's own 'Top Chanter' tells the amazing story of Owen Brannigan, the Geordie carpenter who travelled south in 1929 to seek his fortune, gained a Scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, was appointed Principal Bass at Sadler's Wells Opera and then became the North East's first operatic superstar.



The 5th October 2008 was a big day on Tyneside, over 50,000 stout hearted runners completed the Great North Run and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and also boosted the profile of the region. On the same day, in the Sage Gateshead, not much more than a triple jump away from the race's route over the Tyne Bridge, another group of North Easterners paid tribute to one of the region's favourite sons who also raised the profile of the North East, Owen Brannigan.

Had he lived Owen would have been 100 years old in 2008. Another 'local boy made good', English National Opera star Graeme Danby plus a 350 piece choir, the Riverside Brass Band and Brannigan family members, friends, and fans came together in the Sage Gateshead to sing and celebrate Owen's achievements.

Born on 10th March 1908 in Annitsford Northumberland, Owen began his working life as an apprentice joiner in the pit and his musical journey as a choirboy in the local church. In 1929 he headed south for work, he continued to sing in the evenings and in 1938 was appointed bass singer at Westminster Cathedral. The following year his rise to national fame accelerated when he was given a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music. By that time Owen was beginning to get a reputation and an afternoon radio broadcast was heard by Joan Cross of the Sadler's Wells Opera. She liked what she heard and in a matter of days she had installed him as principal bass at that auspicious company.

A glittering career in the world of serious music followed, he had parts written for him by Benjamin Britten and was recognised as one of the finest singers of his generation. Throughout his career he never lost touch with his Geordie roots, always included local songs in his repertoire and was well known by nonopera lovers for his performance of the famous 'Newcastle Brown Ale' commercial on local television. He died in 1973.

On this celebratory DVD, our current North Eastern born operatic superstar Graeme Danby tells the Owen Brannigan story, performs some of his well known songs and talks to people who knew, worked, sang and played with him. The Owen Brannigan Story - the first Geordie Opera Star.

Track Listing

01  Cushie Butterfield   Graeme Danby
 
02  Captain Strattons Fancy   Graeme Danby
 
03  Just a Wearying for you   Graeme Danby
 
04  Brown Ale Song   Graeme Danby
 
05  Isis & Osiris   Graeme Danby
 
06  Blaydon Races   Graeme Danby
 
07  Water of Tyne   Owen Brannigan
 
08  Keel Row   Owen Brannigan
 
09  Whittingham Fair   Owen Brannigan
 
10  Bonny Shaftoe   Owen Brannigan
 
12  Dance ti thi Daddy  Owen Brannigan