Song - accompaniment on concertina and piano - session tunes on fiddle - author and lecturer - producer of folk shows - sometime member of The Ranters - founder member of The Keelers






Pete Wood Folk Song and Music (sorry no dance)


Pete's book of Napoleonic songs, published July 2015, is available here

Review of my Tigerfolk gig, March 6th, this year, from "Tatters"

It was Lou Killen some years ago who button-holed me and lauded the praises of Pete and how he would be ideal for the club, Lou, you weren't wrong. A man of his roots is our Pete and this was exemplified with his opener "John O' Greenfield". Throughout the evening he returned to Lancashire and sometimes drifted a bit further east with renditions of "Friezeland Ale", "Manchester Angel" (although it was collected in Dorset!), "Young Banker", Keith Marsden's "Funeral Song", Cicely Fox-Smiths' "Shanghai Brown" and a delightful monologue of "Aggie the Elephant". That sojourn into Yorkshire was explained by Pete going to University in Sheffield, so panic not you Lancastrians, he was only on a missionary visit. The influences of the north-east where he has lived for many's the year were also evident with a rendition of "Captain Bover", and Johnny Handle's "Guard Your Man Well". An interesting bit of information from the Elliotts of Birtley was forthcoming about why MacColl and Seeger wrote, and Pete sang, "The Big Hewer". Keeping on the mining theme we had, from Scotland, "The Collier Laddie" and staying in Scotia, "Bogies' Bonny Belle" and Child Ballad no.1, or if you prefer, "Riddles Wisely Expounded". The reference to the Elliotts is relevant as Pete has written a much acclaimed book about the family and his latest publication "The Green Linnet" all about Napoleonic songs has again been well received. The aforementioned "John O Greenfield" falls into the Napoleonic song category as do "Plains of Waterloo" and Mike O'Connor's "Carrying Nelson Home". Throw in a couple of Irish songs, an encore of "Gossip Joan" and you have a cracker of a night. A wealth of information along with a consummate performance of singing and concertina accompaniment made this a night worthy as any we have had at the club. John Bentham

New Song!

Ed Pickford has composed a song "The Fields of Orgreave" about the 1984 battle between miners and police at the coking plant near Doncaster. It was in the news recently, when the Tory Government refused an enquiry into the event.

What a splendid songwriter Ed is, and when he sent me it last week, I instantly wanted to sing it. With his encouragement, I have recorded it at Barrie Temple's studio on November 22nd. Here it is, and I hope you like it.