Over the years I have developed a series of talks incorporating everything that I have learned about our dialect, history and literary heritage. Combined in chronological order, these talks last over 8 hours but, out of respect for my audiences, I offer them in neat 45 minute chunks. They’re very popular….
A LANCASHIRE GARLAND – The History of Lancashire and its Dialect in song, stories & poems.
THE LANCASHIRE COTTON FAMINE (1861-65) –How we survived the American civil war.
AN AFTERNOON WITH EDWIN WAUGH – A performance of his concert from October 5th 1875.
“JONE O’ GRINFILT” – The story of Lancashire’s most popular 19th century street ballad..
LOVE & ROMANCE IN VICTORIAN LANCASHIRE – poetry and song from the authors of the time.
THE POETS & POETRY OF VICTORIAN BLACKBURN – the lives and works of the town’s authors.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Read Michael Higgins’ review of my talk in Rochdale’s Co-op Museum:-
“An accomplished performer of Lancashire Dialect songs, stories, and poems. His work is meticulously researched, brilliantly performed and often very humorous.”
“The best speaker I have heard , on any subject, in the last 5 years.”
“A breath of fresh air in the folk scene”.
“The highlight of my festival.”
“He left a lot of happy people behind him.”