As a native dialect speaker, I have been researching and collecting songs, stories and poems of old Lancashire for the past 30 odd years, performing them only at impromptu events, at folk and art festivals as well as local clubs.
Business, family and and a very successful 20 year stint as a barn dance caller with Lancashires famous Old Pequilar Band kept me busy enough. Although I am still occasionally dragged, kicking and screaming, from retirement to call dances (often as a duo with my daughter Liz), the last 10 years with time on my hands, has allowed me to develop and promote my dialect performances to a much wider audience. I now have a series of entertaining talks suitable for a wide range of applications.
Historical societies, Libraries, Social and Professional Groups, Museums, Schools, Arts, Literary and Folk Festivals, Old Folks Luncheon Clubs, and Lancashire themes events from the likes of pubs and restaurants have all benefited.
I am an active member of the Edwin Waugh Society, The Lancashire Society and help and support from Cock Robin Music has enabled me to record everything I do for posterity, "to keep it from oblivion". I hope my efforts will help to preserve our ancient language for future generations.