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2010s

2010

Solo stuff includes festival spots at The Jack in the Green at Hastings, Folk on the Moor in Ryedale, St Neots, English Heritage’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh Hall, Sidmouth, Whitby, Shrewsbury, and Bewdley.

John takes the first tentative steps towards his show based on his appearances in the Victorian Farm TV programme “The Victorian Farmer’s Year in Song”.

“Carolling & Crumpets” has a less than joyful run in December because the horrendous weather causes a few cancellations.

A new career beckons as John gives an illustrated lecture about Shropshire Folk Music to the Friends of the Shropshire Archives, followed by a full concert performance. From now on, a programme of purely Shropshire material becomes a more regular part of John’s weaponry, and gets dusted off for local residents a couple of times every year.

Mr Gubbins’ Bicycle makes a few ceilidh appearances, including a couple as part of the mysterious “Nu Ceilidh” series at Sidmouth Folk Week, where Brass Monkey’s Roger Williams deputises for Martin Britnell.

The duo with Roy Bailey makes just one appearance this year.

Brass Monkey undertakes a full spring tour, but because of Paul Archibald’s hectic life style they do one gig with Shane Brennan and another – at Sidmouth Folk Week – with Paul Mayes. They also appear, with Mr Archibald, at the Saint George’s Day Concert in Derby, and at Towersey Festival. On their October dates, Martin Carthy is too ill to appear on one gig, and too poorly to sing at two others.

2011

Solo stuff includes festival appearances at Upton on Severn, Moulton, Chippenham, the Heritage Day at Letchworth Garden City, Priddy, Sidmouth, Whitby, Shrewsbury, and Otley, and a spot in the Folk 4 Heroes concert in Derby to raise funds for service personnel.

John is also a specially invited guest performer at the EFDSS’ National Gathering in London.

“The Victorian Farmer’s Year in Song” emerges fully fledged as a popular show around the village halls – in period costume!

“Carolling & Crumpets” fills up December’s dates.

Another lecture about Shropshire Folk Music in a local village hall keeps the audience riveted.

John also contributes to the English & Welsh Diaspora Conference at Loughborough University.

JK pops up on ITV’s “Countrywise” programme, talking about the local morris dancing as himself, and then transforming into a Shropshire Bedlam to show what it looks like in real life.

Brass Monkey manages just two concerts, including one at the prestigious King’s Place in London.

The Sultans of Squeeze renew each other’s acquaintance with their first couple of gigs for two years.

Mr Gubbins’ Bicycle wheels out for just one ceilidh this year.

Sidmouth Folk Week sees the only gig in the duo with Roy Bailey.

JK is invited to join comedians Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer live on stage in “Vic & Bob’s Evening Delights”, their first live performance for many years, in Camden Lock, North London. John accompanied a spoof folk song based on The Albion Country Band’s “Hanged I shall Be”, at a private event for prize winners from a competition linked to their website sketch show “Vic & Bob’s Afternoon Delights”, sponsored by Foster’s Lager.

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