Concerts in 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015 19:54 | Filled in Blog
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Sat June 27th
Shenstone Methodist Church, Shenstone, nr Lichfield

Fri July 10th
British Horological Institute, Upton Hall, Upton, Notts NG23 55TE
Tickets: Eventbrite website or call 016 3682 2742

Sat July 18th
All Saint Hall, The Green, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6DD
Great venue and I’m supported by the brilliant Roger Davies who is not to be missed.
Tickets: Website

Sun August 16th
Saltburn Folk Festival, 57 Marske Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1PN

Fri August 28th
New Forest Folk Festival, Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey, Hants, SO51 6EE

Fri September 18th
Westhoughton Golf Club, Long Island, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 2BR
Tickets: info@garyandveraaspey or call 01942 671 995 / 079 1098 9217

Mon October 12th
Warwick Folk Club, The Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick CV34 4AT

New interview

Friday, December 5, 2014 11:52 | Filled in Blog
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During the summer I gave an interview to Norman Wheatley for his radio programme Gentlefolk2.

Listen to the interview now (the interview is in Part 2)

It’s notable for a recording of Colin Scot’s version of Hey Sandy and for a memory I had buried, now revived by Bill Caddick… undoubtedly selective amnesia!

Fancy a ‘Glad To Be Grey’ Gig in 2015?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:17 | Filled in Uncategorized
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Spring approaches and I’m wondering if anybody would like a “Glad to be Grey” show April-October 2015? I’m happy to consider anything within 100 or so miles of Shrewsbury. Village hall, folk club, WI etc. Just email

Audience feedback on “Glad to be Grey” gigs

Absolutely fantastic! I have not enjoyed an evening so much for years.

A superb evening’s entertainment.

We enjoyed your music and your take on life, it bought back some happy memories of our childhood, you made us laugh

The feedback I have received since the concert has been brilliant. People who had not heard of you before the concert, and only came because of the charity, have told me that if ever I do it again they would bring 6 or 8 more people. The fella across the road, came up to me the day after, and said how much he had enjoyed the concert. This, coming from a fella who can find fault with everything. He described you as a true entertainer.

Jim McPhee

Monday, July 28, 2014 10:33 | Filled in Uncategorized
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Sad news today of the death of Jim McPhee.

Jim was my agent for many years and also ran the Red Lion club in Kings Heath Birmingham, where I had some of my best and most enjoyable gigs with always packed houses. Jim also looked after Vin Garbutt and Jake Thackray. He kept a welcoming open house for passing artists with his wife Jill and a better and more caring person I never met.

Wendy and I send our love to Jill and all of the family.


Friday, May 2, 2014 10:26 | Filled in Uncategorized
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In response to demand at my Glad to be Grey gigs we’re releasing “Life!”

It’s a CD compilation of tracks from 6 albums issued over the last 25 years, a sort of “Greatest Hits”.

Order Life!

The summer of my dreams

Friday, January 10, 2014 19:44 | Filled in Video
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A photo-video for my cover of David Mallett‘s wonderful song, available on the new CD, Encore. Arrangement and accompaniment by Bruce Davies.


Saturday, October 19, 2013 20:11 | Filled in Uncategorized
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Well, here’s a surprise for you, and for me too. I didn’t think I’d record again but Wendy wouldn’t let it lie so I contacted my friend Bruce Davies in Scotland and asked if he would be willing to co-operate on a new CD.

We communicated via the internet with Bruce sending me his ideas and arrangements, and I was very quickly committed to the project because of the quality of his work.

Recorded at Red Barn Studios near Dundee, utilising the skills of some very fine musicians, I was able to relax and concentrate on my vocals and the whole week was a real pleasure.

So, here is Encore, 13 previously unrecorded compositions of mine plus one of my favourite David Mallet songs.

As I’m not gigging round the country anymore you can only buy this from my website. All copies will be signed. I hate to mention the coming December festivities, but the CD is just the right size for a stocking!

So, I sit surrounded by boxes, envelopes and stamps awaiting your orders. Wendy waits to see if her persistence is rewarded. Go on! You know you want to!

Buy Encore within the UK (£12)

Buy Encore in Europe
(£15 – includes £3 P&P)

Buy Encore in the rest of the world
(£16 – includes £4 P&P) 

Reviews and feedback

Read Netrhythms’ review of Encore

“My god what a beautiful album. I really think it’s one of your finest recordings! So many heartfelt, beautiful songs.”

“Simply wonderful!”


“Been listening to it all day, beautiful work as always!”

“I absolutely love it. I think it’s a masterpiece!”

“Great sound, fabulous musicians!”

“All of life in poetry and put to music. Genius.”

“A beautiful album with a perfect balance of songs.”

Related links

Click here to download lyrics and chords (PDF)

Autumn fundraisers

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 13:15 | Filled in Uncategorized
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Here are my Autumn “Glad to be Grey” fundraiser gigs.

Saturday September 14th
Hargrave Church Hall (near Chester) CH3 7RN
Tickets: email or call 01829 781 275
Various local charities will benefit

Saturday September 21st
The Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2YF
For Community Action Transport

Saturday October 5th
Eccleshall Community Centre, Staffs
Tickets: or cal 01785 859 389 or 01785 850 525
For Katherine House Hospice, Stafford

Saturday October 19th
Alstonfield Village Hall (Between Buxton and Ashbourne Peak national park) 7.30
For the Village Hall Fund.

I know many of you won’t be able to come to these gigs as you’re too far away. However, if you would like to participate in one way a donation to the Katherine House Hospice would be very much appreciated. My mother spent her final days in a hospice and it is a charity worthy of all our support. You can donate on line. Please tell them it is in support of my gig and we’ll announce the sum raised during the evening.

The Price of Bronze

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 15:54 | Filled in Uncategorized
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Here is the first track from the forthcoming album – details coming soon!

Glad to Be Grey!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 13:46 | Filled in Uncategorized
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After three months of blessed inactivity, no motorways, and many books read, those of you who said I would miss the life are half right! I am missing performance and have been thinking of ways to keep my hand in.

So here’s the plan.

I have a one man show I’m calling “Glad to be Grey”, an entertainment of self-written songs, monologues and stories for baby boomers and beyond – in other words, my own generation.

I won’t be performing greatest hits, but I will be setting out to entertain with humour, nostalgia and a very occasional rant. The idea is to entertain people who don’t really know my general body of work.

So I’m asking – does anyone have a charity they’d like to do a fundraising gig for? Would you like to put me on in your village hall? Do you have a theatre venue? Would you like a house gig? Do you have a slot at a festival?

I am only thinking of the period April to October, then I will hibernate again.

I’m willing to consider anything but would prefer it to be within the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Gloucester, Merseyside and anywhere in Wales.

But feel free to contact me wherever you are on