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31st December 2017 - Happy New Year to everybody - hope to see you out in the clubs in 2018.

21st December 2017 - Had a fantastic night with Mad Jocks and Englishmen at their Christmas party at The Red Lion in King's Heath. There was a lovely audience and many people came over to have a chat saying that they last saw us 30 or 40 years ago. Memories of The Loony Bin Folk Club, The Bell and Pump and The Europa Lodge of all places!! Mad Jocks were in great form and the pantomime was...well, not a family affair shall we say. Great fun.

3rd December 2017 - Well done to everybody who came along to the gig at the Bull's Head last week - we raised £277 for the Acorns Children's Hospice on the raffle and the collection - terrific effort. Hopefully a suitable venue can soon be found for an official charity concert for the hospice in 2018. Will let you all know as soon as one is fixed up. Thanks.

23rd November 2017 - A huge Thank You to all our friends and family that came out last night to our "reheasal in front of an audience" at The Bull's Head. It was a great night rolling back the years although it might take a bit longer to recover from it than it used to! Don't think Chris will be having a conversation with anybody for a day or two! Special thanks go to our old friend Norman Wheatley who did a spot for us and to the new generation, Tom McCann and Michael Jones who played superb sets. Also great to see Alan and Glynn otherwise known as Dandy and George from Mad Jocks who we have shared a stage with many times over the last 41 years!!
Looking forward to playing a few public gigs soon and to putting on a big show for The Acorns Childrens Hospice in the new year. Watch out for info on that when we have it. Cheers

4th November 2017 - With Remembrance Day approaching for 2017, a video is available on our Facebook and You Tube sites that features our recording of The Green Fields of France and photos that I have taken over in France and Belgium. Feel free to share the video.

7th October 2017 - I've recently discovered that Norman Wheatley is still broadcasting his Gentlefolk show now as a webcast on the Gentlefolk2 web site. It's been going for 4 years so I've obviously not been paying attention.  Norman presented Gentlefolk on Radio Birmingham in the late 70s and invited us to record half a dozen songs at Pebble Mill for broadcast on the show - our first venture into a studio - and also presented Gentlefolk's third anniversary show at our club at The Bull's Head in Kings Norton. Recordings from these shows are available on our Songs page - we were very young in those days!! Great to hear Norman back on the airways - his voice hasn't changed. Have a listen to his shows - some great music.

25th September 2017 - We have been persuaded to come out of retirement and help put on a show to raise money for the children's hospice along the lines of the shows at the Crescent Theatre in the 90s. We are busy trying to remember the songs and how to play them!! To help us remember I've been looking back at the Crescent shows and have revisited the video of the show. The songs from the 1995 show are now on the web site and on our Youtube channel. Why not have a look!

15th August 2017 - Finally upgraded the web site so it contains all of our songs in mp3 format. They are available from the Media and Songs link at the top of the pages. Our My Space site is being scrapped as it is so unreliable!! Apologies to anybody who uses it. All the material is available either here or on You Tube. Ta!

9th June 2017 - Have heard the sad news this week of the death of Vin Garbutt. We supported Vin at many gigs and always had a great night. He was a very talented and funny performer and his songs always made you stop and think. He was a lovely man to work with and will be sadly missed. Our versions of Absent Friends and Man of the Earth were both learned from Vin. Our thoughts are with his family.