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My friend Chris Short…

…has made his own one of these which I was privileged enough to see recently at his house. Chris Short is part of the brilliant band The Churchfitters who play and sing all sorts of interesting stuff on all sorts of interesting instruments such as the saw and hub-cap banjo and motorbike petrol tank bass. You must go and see them.

Chris – maybe you’d be interested to see this from The Book Of Knowledge 1918 (Canada – Grolier). See the page number!

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Pre-Festival 4Penny Shop Session!!!

This was brilliant last year.
Come along to the 4Penny Shop Pre-Warwick Folk Festival session tonight. Crompton Street, Warwick.

All types of music is all lovely and fab.
It’ll be great!
We’re all going. How about you?


Blimin’ ‘eck! My album has got mixed!
Spencer Cozens at Steinway Recording Studio has been amazing…

Erg. Got back from Lincolnshire at 5am leaving Spen looking like this!


The new CD will be mastered next then hopefully it will come out in June.
It shall be called The Art Of Making Faces.

People on it: Dave Pegg, Alan Thomson, Chris Leslie, Simon Nicol, Spencer Cozens, Clive Bunker, Hugh Rashleigh, Pete Wimpenny, Chas McDevitt, Oonagh Ryder, Noel Le Long, Mason Le Long, Warwick Songlines Community Choir, Kelvin Leitch, Marion Fleetwood, Keith Donnelly, Gerry Colvin,  Jonathan Waller, some people from the 4penny Shop…etc…

4penny Shop TONIGHT

Thee Question is: Are you going? Cos I am


and also cos our lovely pub owners/landlord/lady are leaving for Ireland
so we want to wish them a happy-off-to-Ireland type evening.
Tonight 8.45pm
The Old Fourpenny Shop Crompton Street Warwick

Recording News

Hellllooooo!!! Just to let you know that my new CD The Art Of Making Faces is still being mixed by my friend Spencer Cozens at his studio Steinway Recording (keyboardist John Martyn and Joan Armatrading and also with Deva Premal and Miten).
In the meantime here is a nice new keyboard design for Spen to use on tour…


Here are some of the musicians involved:

Dave Pegg, Clive Bunker, Chris Leslie, Mason Le Long, Alan Thomson, Hugh Rashleigh, Kelvin Leitch, Spencer Cozens…and more.

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NB annA rydeR cannot accept any responsibility for mispronunciation of names in this video in particular that of Jonathan Waller which is pronounced ‘Wall’ (as in brick) followed by ‘er’. All characters represented in this work could be fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

The Fairport Five End of Tour

Hello! Last night I played with the Fairports at Birmingham Town Hall. They are my favourites and I played My Love Is In America with them on my accordion and done singing too. That is a song by Chris Leslie which is lovely. Also they played my song Bring Me Back my Feathers.

This was the final gig of their amazing Winter Tour what I done with them way back in 1999 as support. Cor! The support this year has been a singer songwriter guitar bloke called Roger Davies who is very good. You should check him out.

Anyway the Fairports sound really brilliant. And they do lovely harmonies and singing in octave unison and doing fast tunes and talking about custard and everything.

I done this and stuck it on their dressing room door. This is actually what they look like now they have done the tour. They are totally gorgeous.


Churchfitters at Edge

We saw the Churchfitters at last at Edge Village Hall on Saturday! Hoorah! They are great because a) Their music is wonderful b) they play lots of excitfying and intresting instaments c) They are nice d) They have several banjos what are made of hubcaps and saucepans e) They have a saw f) They have disco lights g) They can play at lots of different speeds including fast and very fast h) There are only 3 of them but they sounds like them are 6 or 8 even i) Other things

I have played my bicycle pump with Chris’s saw doing Over The Rainbow at Birmingham Town Hall and also in Brittany. Tee hee.

We had a lovely time and Edge Village was very nice even in the dark.

Here is what they look like…

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Playing a Song with Fairports

Hoorah! I am playing a song with the Fairports on the last night of their tour at Birmingham Town Hall on this Sunday March 6th…

I spect they will also play my Bring Me Back My Feathers song too.


Treat for Thursday 4Penny…

Hello look who is coming to the Fourpenny Shop on next Thursday!

Yes it’s Pete Jones and if you forgot what he looks like this is what he used to look like but he’s alright now…Pete-Jones-1990



Please come along as he would like to see you all from thee olden days at Warwick Folk Club what used to go on at The Red Lion, The Black Horse and The Globe.

Recording Latest


This recording is shaping up nicely and I am hoping it will be out late March or early April (2016).
It has these songs on it: Musicians, Bring Me Back My Feathers, Watching The Waves, Just Come Home, Zero Inches, Company Shirt, Everybody Loves You, Fly Away Little Bird, Lay Down Your Worries, Life Is Never and two others I hope but we’ll see…

Artists on it so far are: Dave Pegg bass, Alan Thomson bass, Spencer Cozens keyboards, Clive Bunker drums, Chris Leslie native American flute, Noel Le Long Mandolin, Oonagh Ryder vocals, Mason Le Long drums, Chas McDevitt trumpet, Kelvin Leitch snare, Jonathan Waller guitar and there will be some more I reckon.

Engineering has been done so far by: Bill Bates at Heathcote Studio, Mark Lee at Blue Moon Studio and Spencer Cozens at Steinway Recording Studios.


This below was written a couple of years ago and is the same project…

I’ve just started some recording after a break of nearly 10 years.  Latest about recording news can be found on my blog as I go along…


I’m going to attempt to record all the songs I haven’t recorded and want to record.

Some I wrote a long time ago and others I’ve made more recently. I’ve made about 150 songs in total so far but there are probably about 50 or more which I regard as a bit rubbish or something not quite right with them. I’ve only recorded about 45 of my songs so I’m hoping to work through gradually and record  – well – quite a lot!

As I go along I’ll be making some albums – it’ll all become apparent as I record which ones will go where.

So – recording started in November 2013 and it’s been great doing a bit of experimenting and creating with the very clever Bill Bates at his Heathcote Studios…