More years ago than we care to remember, The Black'edds got
together with the aim of playing mostly original songs, having a
good laugh, drinking to excess and generally disrupting as many
folk clubs as we possibly could.
The original line up was Grahame Whitehead, Jim Schofield and
Clive Gregson... at that point, all residents of Tameside, east of
Manchester. Grahame (occasionally assisted by Clive) wrote
unique songs. He would tackle local history, social foibles, the
human condition and the nature of relationships with a somewhat
anarchic vision. He sang with enthusiasm and total commitment...
Jim (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Clive (acoustic guitar,
mandolin and vocals) would hang on to Grahame's shirt tails for
what was often a pretty wild ride.
In 1980, Clive peeled off to turn professional with his side project,
Any Trouble. He was replaced by Bonz Barnes, a transplanted
southerner who quickly learned the language and formed a writing
partnership with Grahame. This line up continued to play on and
off until Grahame's untimely death.
Along the way, they recorded a single featuring the once heard,
never forgotten X rated classics "Jimmy 2 Stroke" and "Loving
Doll" plus "isn't It Strange", a bittersweet ballad. Jim, Bonz and
Clive all contributed to a solo Grahame CD, "Songs Ancient &
Modern Revised". Clive would sit in with the band whenever
A couple of years ago, an impromptu get together set Clive, Bonz
and Jim to thinking that Grahame's songs deserved to be revived.
So, we booked a handful of gigs, rehearsed (!) then went out and
had a whale of a time! People seemed genuinely glad to see us
back... and we've just carried on playing the odd gig whenever we
got the chance. Some shows are very odd indeed!
If you see us booked at your local entertainment emporium... do
come along and check us out!
Bonz Barnes: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro
Clive Gregson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Accordeon
Jim Schofield: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin