A List of Milestones

in my Music

to Date



Who Is This Man?


The Traditional Idiom


Bedfordshire Song


Stories in the Songs








·        What Has This Man Achieved?



·        CD Where The Working Boats Went (Life & Times – Wixamtree WIX052) contains 8 of my songs

·        CD Charivari (Life & Times - Wixamtree WIX051) contains primarily my material

·        CD Marston Vale (Life & Times with the choir of Marston Vale Middle School, Stewartby, Beds.) A Community Project CD containing mostly my material

·        LP Shropshire Iron (Life & Times - Fellside FE071) of my material

·        LP Strawplait & Bonelace (Life & Times - Fellside FE043) of my material (sponsored by Eastern Arts Association)

·        CD A Select Few (Time of Your Life) features 4 of my dance tunes)

·        CD Keep Dancing (produced by Herts. District EFDSS and available from Cecil Sharp House) features 4 of my dance tunes performed by Time of Your Life

·        CD Dawn Chorus by Carolyn Robson includes a recording of one of my songs, The Ghost of Lady de Grey, which Carolyn performs regularly. It is available on Reiver Records RVRCD03

·        My Shropshire song, The Bridge of Iron was sung by John Kirkpatrick at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum in 1999

·        One of my Bedfordshire songs, Brickmaking, was used by BBC Schools’ Singing Together  in the early 1990s and also appeared in an item on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours in February 2008

·        My song The Bedfordshire Clanger was used in the short film of the same name by Dunstable-based Five Feet Films in 2007 and submitted to The Cannes Film Festival and appears on their website:

·        Framed copy of my song The Bedfordshire Clanger featured on BBC1’s Country Tracks in May 2011

·        You can hear my song Wareham Court Leet at the Wareham Court Leet website. Click here

·        You can hear my song Where the Working Boats Went together with a Life & Times slideshow here

·        You can hear my song Marston Vale together with a slideshow and the voices of the Marston Vale Middle School choir here

·        You can hear my song The B&MK together with a slideshow and the voices of the Marston Vale Middle School choir here. It also appear on the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway website on their supporters page (Words and link to sound file) here

·        My song The Stonehaven Fireballs was printed in the brochure distributed at Stonehaven, Grampian, during their ancient Hogmanay fire festival at the end of 2007

·        I am a contact for BBC Radio 2’s Sold on Song songwriting clubs

·        My songs have been printed regularly in Bedfordshire County Life Magazine since 1999

·        Song book of Strawplait & Bonelace published by Luton Museum & Art Gallery see

·        My music has been used to publicise a Shropshire theatre company

·        From 1985-1991 I was co-presenter of BBC Radio Bedfordshire’s Three Counties’ Folk

·        The radio documentary version of Shropshire Iron has been broadcast by a number of local radio stations up and down Britain

·        My songs are on display in libraries, museums and pubs in Bedfordshire and beyond

·        My songs have been printed in Unicorn Magazine, The NWFFC Newsletter and The Midlands Folk Diary

·        One of my songs was used in a Berkshire Education history package

·        The tune to one of my songs, Witch of Conger Hill, has been used for a dance by The Outside Capering Crew, who featured on the CD: Grandson of Morris On

·        My music is used as parts of several living traditions, both local and further afield

·        My first draft with additions by Barry Goodman is the mainstay of the script for Life & Times’ canal show, Where the Working Boats Went




·        In addition…



·        As well as being a member of the song duo Life & Times I am also with dance band Time of Your Life

·        With Life & Times I have been a resident performer at Hitchin Folk club since the early 1990s. The club was voted ‘Best Folk Club’ in the 2005 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

·        With Life & Times, won the FATEA Tradition 09 award which is presented to the act that have traditional folk at the root of their sound and use it to inspire new songs, tunes and arrangements

·        With Life & Times I have represented Bedfordshire at the EFDSS National Gathering at Cecil Sharp House.

·        I was formerly with the duo Midas (1977-1980) who were on the bill of the Silver Jubilee Sidmouth Folk Festival in 1979

·        I have written a large number of traditional idiom songs on the subject of Bedfordshire history, customs and legend.

·        My recorded material, performed by Life & Times, is catalogued in the British Library Sound Archive. See Links page

·        Collections of my songs are now available to be seen in the archives at Bedford & Luton Museums

·        Life & Times can be found in the Guinness Who’s Who in Folk

·        Life & Times can be found in the Official Music Maker of the British Isles Folk Music Catalogue

·        I am a former co-organiser of Luton Folk Club and Festival

·        Beyond folk, I have worked with Paul Young (now an internationally known pop star) and Henry Thomas of BBC2’s Rock School

·        I am a member of the English Folk Dance & Song Society

·        Playing bass guitar, I was one of a band of four musicians for a youth theatre production of Lark Rise at Hitchin’s Queen Mother Theatre in March 2008

















































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                             Graeme Meek