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This page is the one which changes most often to keep you up to date with the latest news so please visit often.

NEWS AND GIGS 

ADDED AUGUST 2017

COMING UP:
We're now approaching the season when I do some regular gigs and I'm pleased to say they are all happening again. In fact it's quite a busy last third of the year:

OCTOBER 6,7,8,weekend is the 25th Tenterden Folk Festival (Kent) and I've been at them all (except for the first which wasn't really a festival). A lovely line up with a lot of people who've been at previous events returning. (There are too many to choose from and it's difficult to pick one or two...) I'll be doing my usual mix of song and story events plus a workshop.
See http://www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk/

The second half of October is taken up with the Discovery Days Festival. Discovery Days are run by the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and it's always a busy couple of weeks which draws in thousands of people for all kinds of events – walks, talks, exhibitions etc. right down the Derwent Valley from Cromford to Derby.
http://www.derwentvalleymills.org/discovery-days/

My bits:
Sat 14th All day at Strutts Centre in Belper (Derbyshire) I'm having a CD/book stall at the Discovery Days Launch Exhibition.

Mon 23rd Discovery Days Story Walk – To Belper via the Dark Lane. A walk for adults and families from The Holly Bush in Makeney along the old coach road to Belper with appropriate stories every now and again. I've done it several times before and it's a lovely walk, even without the stories!

Fri 27th 'Comings & Goings' the Discovery Days Concert. A regular event, Keith Kendrick, Sylvia Needham and myself with the theme of Comings and Goings -songs and stories about leaving and arriving, farewell and hello.
As last year it's upstairs in Wheatcrofts Wharf Cafe at Cromford (Derbyshire). 8 – 10.30pm. Food and drink available from 6pm.
Booking is advisable. Phone 01629-536831 in office hours.

NOVEMBER
Thursdays: 2, 9, 16, 23, at Strutts Centre, Belper a short course for Belper U3A on English Folk Music.

Tues 14th Glossop (Derbys) A talk for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust High Peak Group based on my Where Dragons Soar book. Songs and stories about British wildlife. Bradbury Community House, Market St. Glossop.

DECEMBER
Wed 13th Amber Valley Wildlife Trust at Riddings Community Centre (Derbyshire) as above


WHAT'S HAPPENED:
After a long lay off caused by ill health I did a very enjoyable concert at No 28 in Belper to get me going again. I proved to myself that I can still do it, which was very reassuring!

I had my guitar overhauled by Rob Hodgson a local guitar maker and restorer. There was nothing major to do, just some tweeks and adjustments, but it's made a nice difference to the sound and feel...

I've been busy writing my Blog which has had a lot of readers. It's interesting to see which subjects catch on and which don't: song does better than story; history particularly pop history does better; and education does best of all.
Click button on the left to see it

Back in April (see below) I wrote about moving house... we still haven't, buyers have dropped out twice so we are hoping for 3rd time lucky!


UPDATED JUNE 2017

Ballad Tales: the Anthology of British Ballads Retold is now available -  see Shop.

Gig: Saturday 1st July at No 28, Market Place, Belper. 7.30pm ANCIENT MEETS MODERN: Pete Castle in Concert. Pete will sing two modern songs he wrote recently as part of the Rebel Yell protest song writing workshop and tell his version of what is believed to be the oldest story in the world - Jack the Bad Tempered Blacksmith which could be 6000 years old! And a lot of other songs and stories, of course.

 

UPDATED APRIL 2017

House Move. Sue and I are in the process of moving house so there may be some disruption to services over the next couple of months. We're not going far – just about half a mile away in Belper still so it should all be straight forward. Web sites, email etc will be unaffected (unless we can't get on line for any length of time) and I hope we can keep the same phone number. We'll get post forwarded for at least a year so if in doubt don't worry, just use the old one.
We love the house we're in – a mill cottage built by the Strutt family – but Sue has health problems and struggles with both the hill and the stairs so we are going to a ground floor flat which is on the flat. It's modern and nowhere near as interesting but will be more practical.

NEW BOOK – BALLAD TALES will be launched on 8th June. It is a retelling of the stories from some of the best known of the old ballads by a selection of storytellers most of whom have contributed to The History Press' Folk Tales series of books. This one is a bit different... it's not just a straight telling of the stories but an attempt to re-envisage them and tell the tale in a different, possibly more modern, way.
My contribution is a version of the little known ballad Willie's Lady. It is a dark tale which has rarely been sung. I approached it as if I was Stephen King! It is far more literary than any of my other works and is definitely one for the page rather than for live telling live.
Ballad Tales, pub The History Press
ISBN ISBN: 9780750970556
price £9.99
It will be available in my shop as soon as it is out.
I will probably be organising a Ballads Tales event in Belper at some time including some of the other authors.

GIGS

Sun 30 April/Mon 1 May Belper Arts Trail. A book (and CD) stall with several other local writers. Where tbc.

Sat/Sun 27/28 May at the Cromford Canal. I'm doing a family story walk each day to include some very local tales, some general Derbyshire ones and a few more general favourite tales. When we're not walking I'll have a stall to sell my merchandise.
Meeting place will be Gothic Warehouse. Times etc tbc.

Sunday 4 June: Belper Goes Green Festival on Belper Rugby Ground. Time tbc. We'll be performing the results of my Rebel Yell protest song writing workshop. It should be different and interesting!

I put my two protest songs on You Tube – see them at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJz5XYcMVFU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxQj5wjTjmM
Those were just very quick recordings to get them on record so that the other people involved could see/hear them. I take more care with my 'proper' videos! Have a look and see.

There is also a Rebel Yell Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/greenbelper/?ref=settings

Back in January I commented that I'd been suffering from shingles for a couple of months and it was 'only just going'. It didn't! As I write this in April I am still not back to 100% fitness. I seem to have long term nerve damage from the illness but have, at last, got some medication which helps and the doctor says 'it won't last for ever'!

UPDATED JANUARY 2017

UPCOMING

Well, the end of last year didn't go to plan! I had a horrible cold/flu type virus which dragged on for about three weeks and just about finished in time for The Wine, Women & Song concert at Cromford at the end of Oct. Almost straight afterwards I went down with shingles which is only just going 2 months later. So all my other bookings and commitments before Christmas had to be cancelled, although I've got my fingers crossed that they will be re-booked... I hate letting people down and have missed very few gigs throughout my career but there was no way I could have done them.

With the New Year I'm ready for a new start though.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH

There are two long term projects which I'm looking forward to:

REBEL YELL! I'll be leading a series of workshops to encourage people to write protest songs to be performed at next years Belper Goes Green Festival in June... and elsewhere perhaps. Venue is The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper. It will be fortnightly starting on Thurs 19th Jan. at 8pm. The songs can protest about anything... local, national, international; political, environmental... I somehow don't imagine there will be many pro-Trump, pro-Brexit songs though!

See http://www.transitionbelper.org/BGG%20entertainment.html

DERWENT WISE is a major Lottery funded project with all sorts of aspects, running throughout the Derwent Valley. I will be doing some workshops in schools to produce songs, poems, writing, stories... whatever we finish up with, which can be funnelled into a finished production or used on the web site. Should be good.

Last time I said my book:

WHERE DRAGONS SOAR and other animal folk tales of the British Isles has been nominated for the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award presented by the Westchester Library Association in New York State, USA!

I haven't heard any more about it...

You can buy if from the Shop page on this web site, at gigs or direct from the publishers – The History Press – on http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk

NEW BOOK:

THE ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH FOLK TALES crept out while I was ill before Christmas so didn't get much in the way of a plug from me. As the name suggests it's an anthology of 28 stories from different authors in the Folk Tales series. There are stories from all over England and some well known names amongst the authors. It's a hard back so would make a good present! My Gypsy Boy from Nottinghamshire Folk Tales is included.

Get it from the Shop as usual – button on the left.

Don't forget to look at my YouTube posts and my Blog. Again there are buttons on the left.

 

 

UPDATED OCTOBER 2016

 

UPCOMING

 

OCTOBER

 

Fri 28 Oct. WINE WOMEN & SONG: This year's Discovery Days Concert with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. NEW VENUE: Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ. It's just on the other side of the canal from the building we've used before. The advantage is that it is licensed and will be serving their evening menu from 6.00pm. Concert 8.00-10.30pm. Booking (recommended) 01629-536831

 

NOVEMBER

 

Sat.12 Nov. Belper: Number 28 Market Place (Arts Centre) DE56 1DD. 9am onwards. Farmer's Market Cafe. Pete will have a stall selling his books and CDs. Come and get your Christmas presents! And also tickets for...

 

Sat 19 Nov. CHRISTMAS WITH ALISON UTTLEY: venue as above. Pete and Joyce Varty present (for the last time!) the Christmas show which they have done annually for over 15 years. Readings from local author Alison Uttley (1894-19... ) with songs and carols. Tickets £5 from Pete steel.carpet@tiscali.co.uk . (It is advisable to book as it will probably sell out quite quickly.)

 

DECEMBER

 

Tues 13 Dec. GLOSSOP Wild Life Trust Group: Pete will give a talk based on his latest book; 'Where Dragons Soar and other animal folk tales of the British Isles. http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2016/12/13/where-dragons-soar?instance=0

 

Wed 14 Dec RIDDINGS Wild Life Trust Group: as above

http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2016/12/14/cats-wolves-and-dragons?instance=0

 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH

 

Rebel Yell! Pete will lead a series of workshops to encourage people to write protest songs to be performed at next years Belper Goes Green Festival... and elsewhere. Venue is The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper. First meeting is 5th Jan. 7.30pm. More details to follow.

 

WHERE DRAGONS SOAR and other animal folk tales of the British Isles by Pete Castle is selling well both here and in the USA where it has been nominated for the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award presented by the Westchester Library Association in New York State, USA!

You can buy if from the Shop page on this web site, from Pete at gigs or direct from the publishers – The History Press – on http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk

 

 

Have you looked at Pete's Blog or You Tube posts recently? If not there is a button on the left.

 

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UPDATED JULY 2016

UPCOMING GIGS

Thurs 7 July OUTLAWS & VILLAINS: a talk with songs and stories for the Priories Local History Society. At Innings PH, Grovesnor Rd, Worksop. Notts.

Sat 16 July FESTIVAL AT THE EDGE storytelling festival. Pete will have a Facts & Fiction stall to publicise the magazine.

Wed 20 July Breadsall W.I. Derby. A talk on Derbyshire Stories and Songs.

AND FURTHER AHEAD so I'll post more details later:

Fri 30 Sept-Sun 2 Oct TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL. http://www.tenterdenfolkfestival.btck.co.uk/TenterdenFolkFestival2016

Fri 28 Oct DISCOVERY DAYS CONCERT with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. Upstairs in the Wharf Cafe by Cromford Canal so this year food and drink will be available! Theme = Wine, Women and Song.

OTHER NEWS:
I've been having lots of very positive reaction to the YOU TUBE videos I post roughly once a month and to my BLOGS which often, but not always, link to them. They are about all aspects of both song and story and range quite widely. There are about 45 videos and 18 blog posts at the moment.
There are BUTTONS for both on the left.

My latest book WHERE DRAGONS SOAR has been well received. There's a review on the SHOP page and I've just received another from LIVING TRADITION. I don't know anything about the person who wrote it but he seems to have really understood what I was trying to do.
Here it is:

Tradition: it’s more than song and dance or an old tune, or even a seasonal gathering. Maybe, before there was music, if you can imagine such a time, people used to sit around fires, listening to individuals speak. You know the type; those who knew things, had heard the strangest tales, and wanted to share them. The art of the storyteller is ancient indeed, if mostly confined to books nowadays. Pete Castle is a storyteller, a Derbyshire man who keeps the oral tradition alive, accompanying himself (when cats permit) with music as he plies his tales around the country. Along the way he’s picked up many a story concerning animals from all edges of the British Isles, ancient and modern, mythical and real, and with this in mind, Where Dragons Soar (And Other Animal Folk Tales Of The British Isles) is a uniquely illustrated collection of British stories where animals play significant parts.
The book comprises chapters which gather tales of similar animals together; dragons, cats, dogs, hares, frogs and several fish, and even a selection of the more exotic. Many of the stories are short, some just a few lines, so it’s an easy book to pick up and dip into, but you’ll find that Pete has segued stories together as any storyteller might do in person; with little asides on how the tale chose him, or going off on tangents to explain a detail before starting the tale proper. Some of the legends might be familiar to everyone, such as those of Gelert, silkies, or the various dragons, but many are not - or maybe, like the Pied Piper of, umm, Franchville, you’ve heard someone else’s version. You see, these asides bring an extra depth to the stories; Pete’s stories include a little myth-busting, just so you know where the stories are coming from, where they might have been on the way, and maybe even where they’re going. There are even a few that feel almost anecdotal, if, of course, you believe that horses know more about cars than the storyteller...
This isn’t just a book of folk tales. I read several of those in my youth, collections of dry pages and dusty tales, made safe for children’s eyes, hardly a reference in sight, and no indication that ‘other versions’ existed. Where Dragons Soar is suitable for all ages, but where it differs is that it’s a book of folk tales with footnotes included, for that is how a storyteller’s stories are told.
Andy Piper

OTHER WRITING:

I have a small supply of my DERBYSHIRE FOLK TALES books but when I tried to order some more I was told they were 'out of stock' which means sold out unless a few returns trickle in. It's one of the few which has gone to a second printing. I don't know whether they'll do it again so if you want one I should get it quickly – 'while stocks last'!

I don't know the details but my publishers THE HISTORY PRESS are producing a compilation of stories from many of the FOLK TALES SERIES for Christmas and one of mine from NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FOLK TALES will be included.

I've also written a story for a book of BALLAD TALES which should be out about this time next year. I'll give you details when I know them myself!


UPDATED APRIL 2016

FORTHCOMING GIGS:

Sat 21 May. BELPER ARTS FESTIVAL Book Fair Lion Hotel. 10-4pm

Tues 24 May. As part of BELPER ARTS FESTIVAL: Family Stories Workshop. At Strutts Centre, Derby Rd. Belper. 2-4pm. £5 (which includes entrance to evening performance.)

CONTACT PETE (button on left) for enquiries or to book a place.

It seems to be a right of passage that once you reach a certain age you start to delve into your roots and produce your family tree. Most of us probably dig up some interesting stories about our ancestors. But what do we do then? Do they get forgotten again? Or just consigned to a tatty piece of paper in the bottom of a drawer? This workshop will guide you through the process putting your stories into a form where they don’t get forgotten. It will concentrate on oral storytelling but all the same processes apply to writing too.

EVENING PERFORMANCE: 7.30-9.30pm. £5
To follow on from the afternoon workshop. A performance of folk tales, family tales and a few songs. The game will be to guess where truth ends and story begins! Pete believes it's important that these tales do not get forgotten and that applies to both family stories and traditional ones.
The event will be suitable for anyone but is aimed mainly at adults and I hope those who attend the workshop will come to this too.

http://www.strutts.org.uk/
http://www.belperartsfestival.org/index.php

SAT 28/SUN 29 MAY GEORGIAN CRAFT MARKET at Cromford Mill, Cromford, nr Matlock.
Pete will be having a stall selling his books and CDs and Facts & Fiction storytelling magazine.

Wed 1 JUNE 2pm UP THE DARK DARK LANE: a family story walk for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Walking Festival.

Pete leads a walk from The Hollybush PH, Makeney to Market Place, Belper with several stops for stories—local folk tales, fairy tales, shaggy dogs etc in fact anything suitable for the location. It is aimed at families although unaccompanied adults are acceptable! Distance about 3 miles. Easy walking although not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies etc.
Cost £4. To pre book ring 01629 536831 or email gwen.wilson@derbyshire.gov.uk
Or just turn up although there is a limit on numbers.
http://www.derwentvalleymills.org/discovery-days/


Sunday 5th June, (afternoon). BELPER GOES GREEN
ECO FESTIVAL at Belper Rugby Club, Derby Rd. (next to Babington Hospital)
A weekend of music, stalls, displays etc all with a ‘green’ theme.

http://www.transitionbelper.org/belper%20goes%20green.html


OTHER NEWS:

My latest book ‘WHERE DRAGONS SOAR and other animal folk tales of the British Isles’ published by The History Press was published in February and is doing well. Reaction from those who have read it is very positive. See the review on the Shop page.
Because it’s a National title and should be of interest to everyone I'm hoping it gets publicity all over – a Living Tradition review is expected. It’s being plugged in
North America in the spring. It would be great to do a publicity tour over there but there’s no chance of that but I do hope to be doing a lot of appearances all over this country—folk and story venues and even WIs and other organisations. If you know of anyone who might be interested please get in touch.

I've added two items to the Archive page on this web site (button on left)

The first is a piece from our local paper The Belper News about a project I did for our Arts Festival last year – and the year before. Build A Band was just that – making a band from scratch with a lot of people who had never played together before,

And the second is the Obit I wrote for the current issue of Living Tradition about my good friend Roy Harris.


UPDATED JANUARY 2016

The big news is that my new book ‘WHERE DRAGONS SOAR and other animal folk tales of the British Isles’ will be available in February. It’s the third one I’ve had published by The History Press. The first two were in their county folk tales series (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire). This one is the same format and has the same kind of great cover picture designed by Katherine Soutar Caddick but it’s of national relevance. It includes tales from all over the country—Orkneys to the Isle of White.
I’m very pleased with the way it’s come out. It is much more ‘me’ then the other two. In the Derbyshire one I was careful to stick to the tales and not put in too many asides or personal bits. In Nottinghamshire I included a few more but in this one I felt free to include a lot of little bits of information, anecdotes and personal reminiscences which expand and explain the stories and are much more as I approach a live gig.
To find out more look at the Shop page where you’ll find all the details.
Because it’s a National title and should be of interest even further afield it’s being plugged in
North America in the spring. It would be great to do a publicity tour over there but there’s no chance of that but I do hope to be doing a lot of appearances all over this country—folk and story venues and even WIs and other organisations. If you are interested please get in touch.

GIGS:

Monday 22 Feb. BOOK LAUNCH: I’ll be doing a ‘Launch’ for the book at The Strutt Centre, in Belper, Derbyshire. 7.30pm. FREE. I’ll talk about the book, tell a few tales, sing a song or two and try to sell you a copy! Please come if you can.
http://www.strutts.org.uk/

Tues 24 May. As part of Belper Arts Festival: Family Stories Workshop. At Strutts Centre, Belper. 2-4pm. £5 (includes entrance to evening performance.)
It seems to be a right of passage that once you reach a certain age you start to delve into your roots and produce your family tree. Most of us probably dig up some interesting stories about our ancestors. But what do we do then? Do they get forgotten again? Or just consigned to a tatty piece of paper in the bottom of a drawer? This workshop will guide you through the process putting your stories into a form where they don’t get forgotten. It will concentrate on oral storytelling but all the same processes apply to writing too.

As above: evening: 7.30-9.30pm. £5

To follow on from the afternoon workshop. A performance of folk tales, family tales and a few songs. The game will be to guess where truth ends and story begins! Pete believes it's important that these tales do not get forgotten and that applies to both family stories and traditional ones.
The event will be suitable for anyone but is aimed mainly at adults and I hope those who attend the workshop will come to this too.
http://www.strutts.org.uk/

Wed 1 June 2pm A family story walk for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Walking Festival. From The Hollybush PH, Makeney to Market Place, Belper with several stops for stories.
Details to follow
http://derwentvalleymills.org/

Sunday 5th June, afternoon. Belper Goes Green ECO festival. Details tbc

CONTACT ME if you’d like any more info.


Added Nov.2015

I’ve had a good mix of work recently – a bit of everything including a school, which is quite a rare thing these days. I’m afraid folk music and storytelling don’t tick too many of the Minister for Education’s boxes! Tenterden Folk Festival was a pleasure, as usual and so was the Discovery Days concert at Cromford with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. There were far fewer people this year though... Don’t know why.

The BIG news is that I’ve just received the proofs of my next book for The History Press. Having already done Derbyshire Folk Tales and Nottinghamshire Folk Tales this one is more far reaching. It’s Where Dragons Soar and other animal folk tales of the
British Isles, so it covers the whole of GB from the Faroes to the Isle of Wight, from Snowdonia to Suffolk. There are a lot of great stories; those you know like The Hartlepool Monkey and the Loch Ness Monster and a whole lot more which you probably won’t have heard of. (I hope!) It is due for release in February so I’ll be planning a host of events to plug it and they could be almost anywhere! I’ll post them here and send out relevant mail shots, so if you’re not on the mailing list there’s a button to click just to the left of this... If you run a club or society and would like me to do something there just drop me an email.

My Blog is going well. Again there’s a link to it on the left.
And the same applies to You Tube where there is a whole selection of songs and stories.


ADDED JULY 2015

Nothing earth-shattering to report but just to point out to you – in case you haven't noticed:
I've reduced the price of all my CDs to £5. (Bar one which was funded by someone else) Have a look in the
SHOP.
I've started writing a Blog on folk music and storytelling and related subjects. MySong:MyStory. You can find it on petecastle.blogspot.co.uk
There is a new button for it on the left hand bar.

ADDED JANUARY 2015

My first gig of the year on 10th Jan. was a very local, community event up the road near Ripley - the Waingroves Wassail. I've now got a bit of a gap until the spring. When you announce that you are 'semi-retired' and stop actively chasing gigs everyone promptly forgets you and you feel as though you are dead! Let me stress that I don't want to stop doing gigs entirely - ever! I just don't want to do 3 or 4 a week any more. So if you have something which would be up my street please get in touch. If I don't do a gig every now and again I get withdrawal symptoms! I'm available for folk clubs,storytelling gigs, festivals, schools... almost anything really, and fees are negotiable.

PETE CASTLE'S BUILD A BAND: Over the next couple of months I will be preparing for the next Belper Arts Festival in May. I'm doing Build a Band again which enables anyone and everyone to play in a folk band – to learn a repertoire and take part in a concert. The festival is throughout May but we'll have to start in April to get enough rehearsal time in. It will be at No. 28 in Belper again.
There will be a downloadable form and info on my Gigs page as soon as things are finalised. There are 3 songs from the final concert on my You Tube Channel (see left)

CDs: All my books and CDs are available here on my web site. Some of them say 'sold out', and they are, but if you particularly want any of those let me know via email (steel.carpet@tiscali.co.uk) and I'm very willing to run you off a copy at a small cost to cover the disc and postage.

ADDED JULY 2014

My status of ‘semi-retired’ folk singer and storyteller keeps me busy, the only difference to before is that I’ve gone back to doing things for fun, or to support other people/organisations so I’m not necessarily earning vast sums of money. But then, come to think of it, I never did, did I! Ironically though I’m actually singing/telling as well if not better than ever! And I definitely don't aim to stop. So if you'd like to book me get in touch.

A really successful and satisfying thing I did recently was BUILD A BAND which I did for the Belper Arts Festival. The final concert blurb summed it up: “Take 15 very diverse people: men and women, various ages, different instruments and the whole range of experience; mix them together, stir them up with a dozen or so songs and then allow Pete Castle – a professional folk musician for 3 decades – to guide them through learning and practising the material, forging arrangements and then performing them. That's what Build a Band has been all about.” I've agreed (provisionally) to do it again next year. There are 3 videos on YouTube – you can find them on the list on the left.

The BIG NEWS I suppose is that I've started on another book for THE HISTORY PRESS. I said I’d like to do one and suggested a couple of ideas which they didn’t like; they suggested a couple of ideas which I didn’t like but now I’m quite excited to be doing Animal Folk Tales from around Britain. I’m just in the process of collecting ideas and scribbling down notes although I’ve written the first draft of a few tales. There will be a good mix of stuff—stories you’ll all know, some you won’t, and some ‘different’ versions. It will be out next year some time. I’m still doing quite a lot of gigs based around the two books I’ve done—Derbyshire Folk Tales and Nottinghamshire Folk Tales—so another one on the list will be good.

The other bit I must mention here is that I've reduced the price of most of my CDs. It's because I'm not selling as many at live gigs so want to reduce the stock. I'd rather you were listening to them than they were cluttering up my cupboard!

If you want to stay 'in the loop' sign up for my newsletter if you don't already get it. There's a button on the left.

ADDED JULY 2013

I've done quite a bit of work promoting NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FOLK TALES and have more performances/talks lined up over the second half of the year. Still selling the Derbyshire one as well. I've been told by someone with their finger on the appropriate pulse that I'll sell far fewer Notts books than Derbys because there just aren't the venues or independent book shops in Nottinghamshire. I think that was typified when I spent a whole day at Nottingham Waterstones and sold one book! (Although it could also have had something to do with no publicity!)

MONTHLY VIDEO: I said below that these are proving popular on Facebook and I’m also putting them on YouTube now. Here are a selection of links. Once you see one you should be steered towards others:
Something to Tell 'em http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFM4RO_dHQ4

Little Tiny Boy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NTe7m4R3U4

Other Side of Jordan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRlyUtCkWL0

Birth of Robin Hood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZutUineJfo4

Guitar Player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC69x99bH2k

Brigg Fair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbGtV0AF1pw

Jenny & Frame & Mule http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XBknJyWAw

Below it also says that I started a Facebook Page as opposed to the usual personal time line. After a couple of months I scrapped it as it wasn't doing anything – 300 odd friends on the personal one, about 30 on the page. A waste of time.

And just for fun: Many years ago when Bill Prince came up with steel carpet as an anagram of my name I thought it would be a good business title for my publishing/recording and I also used it for my email. It has been good although sometimes it causes confusion: today I received two emails from China:
1) Dear friends, Glad to hear that you 're on the market for steel. We are factory specializing in the manufacture and export of prepainted galvanized steel coil/sheet(PPGI),galvanized steel coil/sheet(GI),
prepainted galvalume steel coil/sheet(PPGL),corrugated roofing sheet,etc. The products are very popular and sell well with the features of bright color,beautiful sgapes,long work life,corrosion and water resistance. It is popular and welcomed by many countries all around the world.
Should you wanna know more about our company, pls visit our website as below.

2)Dear sir. Nice day. We noted you are in the market of Wire mesh products. We are professional wire mesh supplier. Our produce advantage : 1. 100% direct factory manufacturer 2. Over 10 years' experience in wire mesh product 3. Full equipment ensure production output.4.Manufacture under the strictly quality management system (ISO 9001,2008)
Now why couldn't they have researched a bit further and offered me a nice tour doing songs or stories?


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If you run a folk club or are involved with Village Hall entertainments; if you are a teacher or a librarian or if you may be interested in using Pete in any way, as either a musician or a storyteller, whilst he is in your area then please don't hesitate to get in touch. He's always willing to consider opportunities and to do a deal on fees, particularly if it's a 'good cause' or something different and interesting.

Pete Castle
Steel Carpet Music and Facts & Fiction:
42 Mill St. Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1DT, (UK)
Email steel.carpet@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01773-822829

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