Photo by Stuart Lawson

Dear Ian,

During your recent concert in Berlin, I bought a copy of "Young Territorial” and I have to say that it is a fine album. For me, it is especially moving.

In 2014, I published a history of the First World War. It is from the perspective of a rural area near Berlin, but I spent a dozen years studying the war from all sides, reading whole libraries, much about the British side, many memoires of British soldiers. I also travelled extensively through Flanders and northern France, visiting the battlefields and the endless number of cemeteries with their rows upon rows of gravestones. Never, if one has not been through it, can one even imagine what those young men went through.  Your album is one more contribution to understanding their experience.

My son laughs at me for still buying CDs, asking if I didn’t have too much money.

"CDs are a thing of the past!" he says. But “Young Territorial” is a perfect example of why an album is still relevant. It has the space to say more than one song or simply a random collection of songs, and it does it well. 

Thank you for “Young Territorial”. 

Take it easy,

John Shreve

In 1998 I released a CD called "HODDEN GREY"

It was a collection of Scottish songs chosen and produced by Dr. Fred Freeman. 

I dedicated that album to my dad who was the Pipe Major for the LONDON SCOTTISH Regiment during the Second World War.

Their regimental colour is HODDEN GREY, which is an un-dyed wool. That recording was very well received. However it did take about 17 years to be recognised by some of the squaddies in the regiment.

Their Major Rob Pitt was handed a copy by one of his boys who was comforting himself with it during the hard nights in the ongoing Afghanistan conflict. Maybe it helped him sleep?? (Yeah. I know!)

Rob Pitt loved the album and got in touch with me. His meeting with the album coincided with his discovery of an old book, compiled by Sergeant Duncan Tovey around 1916. The book was titled "GREY KILTS" (a pet name for the regiment) and it was finally released in 2018 shortly after his death.

Rob knew that the tunes to these songs (if they were songs) had largely vanished in time.
He asked me to put new music to them in an effort to revitalise Duncan Tovey's work.
"YOUNG TERRITORIAL" is the result.
I am very proud of it. Please listen and love and certainly consider buying a copy.
It's a Greentrax release. Therefore you will not be able to download from this site. When I have the various links I will update here.
However, I can sell hard copy CDs. Please take a listen and order one NOW!. 
Yes. I do want the sale but I really think you'll like it. And I am not normally such a BIG HEAD!
I've already received many compliments. 

I hope you all enjoy the album.



Songs & Chat & Stuff Like That!...

Facebook Live Streams every Saturday that I'm at home

These may often include Kev Green, who's been accompanying me on a gig or two recentlyThese are broadcast live online from my studio every week. They're very relaxed. We've built up a bit of a family here.
 If somebody's missing we are concerned for them.
 "Where's Kim tonight?" (He'd been in hospital you see!)
 Turns out he was late because he was cooking ribs that night. (Again!)
 It's a lovely atmosphere. Pop in and get to know us.. 

Annie was late. She'd been pruning her plum trees.We put her on "The Thinking Step". She's much more punctual now!
every Saturday 19:00 (GMT)