EDs & TALES is a light-hearted look at characters, events, stories, myth & legend, from The GREAT NORTH EAST of England. – The area is roughly described as “almost to the tips of Bernicia and Deira or the auld Northumberland of the Middle-ages” The shows are hosted by EDS JAMES & THOMPSON. Each episode tackles a different subject with romance and rigmarole, laughs and tears, joy, and pain, punctuated with live musical performances and renditions. Together with a panel of star guests, they deliver, “The VERDICT” deciding if the TALE is a BELTA or a BELLY-FLOPPER (a hit or a miss).
EPISODE 1 – HAS CHRISTMAS LOST ITS SPIRIT?- is out now, published by Buzz Sprout – available over the next few days on APPLE, GOOGLE, SPOTIFY, STITCHER, POCKET CASTS, PODCAST-ADICT and more. See outline below
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EDs & TALES: EPISODE 1 – HAS CHRISTMAS LOST ITS SPIRIT? (NOT LIKELY!)
A light-hearted look at life in the GREAT NORTH EAST with EDs JAMES & THOMPSON.
This week, we consider the subject; CHRISTMAS HAS LOST ITS SPIRIT.
Talking TALES; of Gaffes, Gurns and Shenanigans Fibs, Fancies and Foibles, with songs and verse, from our hosts and guests.
The EDs are joined, today, by guests MICKY COCHRANE, actor, singer and comedian and RUTH LAMBERT top North East’s jazz singer. Together, we will decide, after all the dialogue, evidence, interludes, and opinion, whether Christmas….is a BELTA or a BELLY-FLOPPER.
We look at Christmases past and present. Traditions of the North East region, as well as speculation on how it may have been from Saxon times, right through the Victorian era and onto today.
We look at how yuletide has changed. How communities support each other; the great initiatives to provide aid to the needy, shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, presents for little ones and company for the lonely.
We celebrate some of the great events and personalities, with links to the festive period.
Our account is spun with narrative, discussion, recital, songs & verse- leading up to “THE VERDICT”
Most of all, the show is FUN, embracing life in our parts: the Scottish borders to the Yorkshire dales and from coast to coast.
Thank you for listening – we hope you will join us on our journey with an episode every month.
ED JAMES & ED THOMPSON
EPISODE 2 will follow in January with star guest’s from the world of showbiz
RUGGED NORTHERN FOLK ARE MUCH TOUGHER THAN SOUTHERN SOFTIES.
Music featured in EP1
EDs James & Thompson – They Called it The Village – The Great Geordie Songsmiths
Ed James Music – Christmas is Comin’
Live from Ruth Lambert – Winter Song (Alan Hull) – Live from Micky Cochrane and Ed James – Sally Wheatley ( Joe Wilson ca. 1860)