The recent BBC Radio 4 programme Muse which had as its guest The Young 'Uns has certainly boosted sales of Graeme's work. It is wonderful ot know that his songs are finally being exposed on a national network. Perhaps a street in Middlesrough will now be named after Graeme!
Both CDs and books have sold in abundance and helped to boost funds for Teesside Hospice where Graeme spent his last few weeks. Recently Annie Miles, Graeme's widow, send £200 to the hospice to enable it to keep up its excellent work.
Songscapes: this wonderful book is now available in song form. That is to say, it is possible to purchase the songs with notation and words but without Robin Dale's photographs. This work does take time so do be prepared to wait a few days before receiving your copy. For the cost of £45, postage and packaing £5 extra, you will received 57 of Graeme's songs including his best loved ones for less that £1 each. Please order through the website. Songs include My Eldorado, When The Snows of Winter Fall, The Shores of Old Blighty, Where Ravens Feed, Farndale Daffodils, When the Tees Ran Warm, Waiting for the Ferry and Fair Rosedale.
This year's Graeme Gathering will take place on the above date at Toft House, Middlesbrough (Little) Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, TS5 6SA, on Friday, 30th September, starting at 7pm. It is bound to be another highly successful and enjoyable evening with lots of Graeme's songs being sung as well as many others. The room can seat a maximum of 80 so get your tickets before they all go. They are available from the theatre or on the door. Guests invited so far include Mike Nicholson, Anna Shannon, Di Henderson, Robin Dale,The Wilsons and Ailsa MacKenzie, Mick Madden, Ken Hall, Marion Hall, Kevin Hall, Alex Angel and Colin Mather, all of whom make up The Ironopolis Singers, with the MC for evening being Kevin Hall. Also coming is this year's winner of The Graeme Miles Bursary, Rachel Haymer.
Last year's gathering was brilliant and hugely entertaining, with guests coming from as far away as Dublin just for the night.