Come in -- I'm one of the Several Annies who works here in the Library. What's that I'm cataloguing? A rare copy of a work by Robin Williamson -- English, Welsh, Scottish, & Irish Fiddle Tunes which a Swedish fiddler named Ella generously donated to the Green Man library this past week. Even better, she also gave us a pristine copy of his Five Denials on Merlin's Grave which is subtitled A Poem With Annotations which we now have under lock and key as it's that rare! Some folks here think it's a talisman. Me? I just think it's a wonderful poetic work.

Oh, did I mention that we're interviewing Robin for a future edition of Green Man? He's but one of many folks who will be interviewing this year -- Brian Froud and Wendy Froud, Gatis Gaujenieks of Ilgi, Patricia McKillip, Kinuko Craft (who illustrated McKillip's lovely Ace hardcovers which, of course, we have a full set here), Maddy Prior, Elizabeth Bear, Tom Canty (our second interview with him!), Kage Baker, and many other wonderful folk have agreed to interviews. Look for them here over the coming year.

As I noted above, some books certainly make good talismans and other things do as well, so let's hear what Mr. Merry has to say about winter talismans...

Jack Merry 'ere. I want to talk about a conversation I was havin' in the Kitchen with other staffers about what their favourite food, beverage, or book was -- whatever each used as a winter talisman of sorts to keep The Dark from coming too close.

Oh, don't tell me you don't have one! Mine is an old leather overcoat from some war best long forgotten -- faded green in colour with fur lining, shearling lamb I think. Ugly as can be after years of very hard use, but oh so warm. It's kept me warm buskin' in St. Petersburg, served as a pillow under me head on the Trans-Siberian express as Bela sat nearby smokin' his pipe, and has enough pockets to hold everything I need on the road save me fiddle. Bloody 'ell, there's just 'nough room to tuck the fiddle case inside if need be. And need there has been, 'pon occasion.

But me old coat, ragged as she may be 'bout the edges, is a damn sight less hard-worn than that what a couple t'other staffers offered up as wards against the chill of winter midnights. There were of course the predictables -- the steaming-hot plate of shepherd's pie; the bottle of single malt (heat of a different sort to me old shearling, but just as warming); even the worn, dog-eared pages of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass ('And what of it?' said that particular staffer, defensive-like -- 'reading always keeps off the cursed Dark, and if the chill still creeps into my bones, I solve the mathematics the Good Doctor hid within ... nothing keeps a body half so warm as a good round of obscure mathematical equations...')

And those were just the predictables, like I said. As the night (and the discussion, and the dozen or so bottles of stout) wore on, more unusual talismans were confessed to. One of our library staff -- the shy one, the one you'd never suspect -- pulled from her pocket a tiny stone reliquary, carved of agate. 'A lock of hair from the Faery Saint' was all she'd say. Two other staffers, more raucous now, deep in their cups, dredged up tiny reliquaries of their own. 'The blessed toenail of St. Augustine,' said one. 'A rolled-up scrap from the hem of the gown of St. Beatrix,' whispered another, and kissed the little cylinder of polished silver, then tucked it back into his sweater where it hung once more from the chain 'round his neck.

Stout moved to whiskey. Another couple o' great logs were tossed 'pon the fire, and though the mood'd grown of a moment serious, out of respect-like, it weren't un-merry. What with the company of several Green Man cats, the fire, the mellow glow of good whiskey in me belly ... understanding crept 'pon me. Though me lovely old coat (bless 'er!) had kept me warm and safe through many a drear moment; though we Green Man bunch had the combined, formidable powers of protection in our cozy kitchen of mathematics and good books and good food and good stout and the blessings of a dozen saints both human and fey -- I wager there wasn't a one of us at that moment who felt the least haunted by the dreads, nor bit by the cold. We had, after all, the greatest talisman 'gainst the Dark, and that what keeps a body warmest of all on cold winter nights -- good friends.

An Excellence in Writing Award-winning look by Camille Alexa at George R. R. Martin's Dreamsongs, Volumes I and II spied all sorts of things in these comprehensive books. 'I'm not saying I completely grasped everything he was trying to accomplish, but it was fascinating to wade through this incredibly dense two-volume set, meandering through works from so many periods of a lifelong writer's career. And what a career! Though it was fantastic fun to become acquainted with such a diverse collection of writings created over the course of decades -- exactly four decades, if we mark the publication with Star-Studded comics as a debut for the purposes of this collection -- by far the most intriguing, the most compelling and the most appealing components of Dreamsongs are the personal, mostly autobiographical essays which run between fiction offerings.'

John O'Regan finds himself in a nostalgic frame of mind when contemplating Gaelic singing. 'In 1975, I spent time in the Kerry Gaeltacht and heard the living reality of people passing on songs in Irish, and that time left a great impact on me,' he says in his omnibus review of four CDs of Gaelic songs from Ireland and Scotland: Sean Nos Cois Locha by various artists, Grinn Grinn by Cliar, Thogainn Ort Fonn from Ghillbhride MacMillan, and Songs of Love and Reflection from Celtic Women from Scotland. Read his full review here.

Finally, Gary gives a very enthusiastic review of the DVD release, The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show, 1969-1971. 'This DVD is a treasure for all fans of American music, and I hope a down payment on what's to come. I for one will be there, plunking down my money the day the full set of all 59 hours of The Johnny Cash TV Show is released. No date has yet been announced. In the meantime, get this one and savor it.'

Camille Alexa makes no apologies for her love of The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. 'I'm almost embarrassed to review this collection, I enjoyed it so much. My enthusiasm borders on awe...If you've never perused the Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW for short) site, do. According to the site, The Best Of LCRW anthology is already a Hugo nominee. And no wonder.' Intrigued by such high praise? You should be! So read her review and get yourself addicted too. . ..

Camille also reviews Lye Street. 'Lye Street, a new novella by Alan Campbell, is set in the fantasy city of Deepgate. Scar Night, the opening book of the Deepgate Codex series, first introduced the city -- which hangs suspended over a seemingly bottomless pit by a network of chains, pulleys, crumbling plaster and brick -- and the cobbled-together dwellings of its human and angel inhabitants. This second Deepgate book is actually a prequel to Scar Night, ending precisely where the debut novel opens.'

'As my reviews affirm, I am a fan of Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands murder mystery series. Imagine my surprise when my spouse called my attention to a new Barbara Cleverly series, featuring an entirely different lead character, archaeologist Laetitia (Letty) Talbot!' Donna Bird's review of The Tomb of Zeus sounds promising already. So read her review to see how she likes the beginning of this new series.

Donna looks at another series, Jason Goodwin's latest, The Snake Stone. 'I really enjoyed reading the first book in Jason Goodwin's Investigator Yashim series, The Janissary Tree . . . Perhaps the combination of my fondness for The Janissary Tree and my eager anticipation for The Snake Stone led me to have unrealistic expectations. I only know that I found the latter mildly disappointing. I don't think it lived up to the promise of its predecessor. I'll tell you why in this review.'

The Mamur Zapt mysteries also got the once-over from Donna. 'To begin with, the Mamur Zapts aren't exactly murder mysteries -- not all of them involve murders or any sort of unexplained death. They are more precisely police procedurals.' Either way, are they any good? Donna reveals all. Read her review here.

Donna delivers another review of a series; this time she reviews at all eight books in the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne mystery series, for which she earns an Excellence in Writing Award. 'I first got wind of this wonderful Britain-between-the-wars murder mystery series when I saw one of the titles listed in a remaindered book catalog ($3.98 for a hard cover mystery-how sad!). We asked our favorite publicist at Da Capo (which for now holds the titles to the Carroll & Graf mysteries) to send us review copies of any she could find. She tracked down copies of four; we bought the other four from online sources. Some were easier than others to find.' Her comprehensive review sheds light on their stories . . . so far.

Donna also enjoyed Barbara Hodgson's Dreaming of East: Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient, 'a relatively brief (less than 200 pages total) historical-biographical overview of several women who traveled in the so-called 'Orient' (Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia/Iraq, Persia/Iran, Egypt and North Africa) during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when such travel was definitely not considered proper for women.' Read the full review for more details.

'The Rest is Noise is an extraordinarily ambitious book, aiming to articulate connections between the works of a group of relatively avant-garde classical composers and musicians and the political and cultural milieu(s) in which they lived. To be honest, I claimed this book to review on a whim. I have a pretty good grasp of early twentieth century European history, and recognized the names of at least some of the artists that Ross included in his survey. So I figured I would learn something new, and in my mind that's always worth pursuing.' Read Donna's full review to see if she did indeed learn something new from The Rest is Noise -- Listening to the Twentieth Century.

Urban fiction found its way into Donna's in-box as well ('[t]he brownies put it into my review pile I think . . .'). To be more specific, it's the novel Dizzy City that gets a review this time. 'As I was reading this book, I realized how much it reminded me of Theodore Dreiser's rather bleak urban fiction, particularly The Titan, and of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby...' Is that a good thing, or a bad thing overall? Take a look at her review and see!

In Victorian Prism -- Refractions of the Crystal Palace, Donna sees a possible tough sell for the publishers. 'When I ask the students who take my undergraduate sociology classes what they think about the textbooks I assign, the ones that they least appreciate are the so-called 'readers,' collections of thematically-linked short scholarly pieces. Indeed, outside of their own rarified disciplinary areas, these books can be a tough sell. Victorian Prism is one of these books. It presents an anthology of articles inspired by the Crystal Palace, a magnificent glass and wrought iron building constructed in the Hyde Park area of London in 1851 to provide a 'home' for the Great Exhibition.' Donna's review will let you know if this book is bright and shiny, or is a shadow of the beauty it's based on.

Donna closes out her reviews this issue with a look at Alex Von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. Of this history of the final years of British rule of India, Donna had this to say: 'Von Tunzelmann has done a fine job of writing a very detailed history in an interesting and generally readable style. She makes good use of direct quotes from the correspondence of her main characters and from contemporary news and other official courses. She follows a careful chronological order and makes use of chapter and section headings to guide the reader's attention among the characters, thereby avoiding the usual pitfalls associated with writing a relatively complex historical work. She also manages successfully to walk the fine line between the significant biases of her sources -- no easy task!'

Deborah Brannon reviews Vera Nazarian's Salt of the Air. 'Salt of the Air, a collection of tales by Vera Nazarian, is aptly named, for what is contained within its pages is nothing less than pure, distilled Nazarian spirit... This anthology spans quite a time period in Nazarian's writing life, pulling together some of her youngest stories and setting them right next to pieces from later in her career.' Deborah's review fills you in on what's inside these pages, and if these stories are a good overview of Ms. Nazarian's work.

Faith J. Cormier reviews Comics Above Ground -- How Sequential Art Affects Mainstream Media, a look at how comics reach is broader than you may think. 'Make no doubt about it, this is a serious study of a serious subject. If you've never thought too much about comics as anything except a way to spend a boring weekend afternoon, you'll be surprised at how pervasive their influence is and where they crop up.' It's good to see that there's more out there than Scott McCloud's excellent Understanding Comics, and Faith's review lays out just what you'll find in this new title.

Faith's review of The Dark River takes another peek into the 'it's not paranoia if they're after you' world John Twelve Hawks set up in The Traveler. 'I've heard it said that that the hardest part of a trilogy to write is the second book. You have to resolve at least a few of the problems from the first book, but leave everybody in enough of a mess to justify a third volume.' Does this novel succeed in that regard? Find out in Faith's review.

In The Other Teddy Roosevelts, Mike Resnick puts Teddy Roosevelt someplace where he could have been and sees what happens. London in 1888, chasing Jack the Ripper. New York in 1897, catching a vampire. The Congo in 1910, rescuing it from Belgium and trying his hand at colonization. France in 1917, dying on the battlefield.' Faith digs in to this collection of alternate histories; see if she, to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt, is now a part of everything she's read (or at least a part of this book).

The Praise of Chimney Sweepers caught Faith's attention as well. 'There are many remarkable things to be found in the GMR library, and this small volume is one of them. It is from a series of six chapbooks from Dent, reprints of essays by Charles Lamb (three of the six), Kenneth Grahame, W.H. Hudson and Leigh Hunt (one each).' Charles Lamb's work is popular around here; how does this measure up? Faith's review lets you know.

Faith also reviews Logorrhea -- Good Words Make Good Stories 'Anthologies are touchy things. You can probably make an anthology on any subject, but will it be a good one? Is Twenty-five Stories About Heroes Named Roch better or worse than Best Bondage Tales of 1822 (both in the GMR library)? And who defines 'better' anyway?' Faith does -- at least for this book, anyway -- in her review.

Denise Dutton has been holed up in her corner reading Beowulf -- The Script Book. It was tough prying her away from it, but she turned in her review and scrabbled back to her nook, earning herself an Excellence in Writing Award in the process. 'Unlike most people, I have fond memories of reading Beowulf in high school . . . the tale of a hero riding in to save the day -- and rip the arm off of a monster with his bare hands -- was fantastic to my highschool D&D playin' eyes. I like barbarians, what can I say? So I figured the script book would be just as interesting. The fact that Neil Gaiman is one of the scriptwriters added to my initial interest. I resisted the urge to grab a turkey leg (it'd set the mood, y'know?) and dug right in.'

'Tis another holiday season come and gone, and thoughts around GMR turn to . . . comic books and toys! Cat Eldridge takes the lead on the toy love around here with his two-fer review of Scot Beatty's The DC Comics Action Figure Archive and Benjamin Holcomb's Mego 8' Super-Heroes -- World's Greatest Toys!, two books that just may cure any cravings anyone may have in these areas. His review of these books will tell you if you need to add them to your personal collection.

Cat also looks at B.P.R.D. -- Volume 3 -- Plague of Frogs. What's that, you ask? 'So what is B.P.R.D.? Imagine that like Stross' The Laundry universe, where Bob Howard, our very reluctant warrior against Really Nasty Beings from Elsewhere, becomes involved a plot involving Nazis, secret societies, terrorists and those Really Nasty Beings from Elsewhere bent on destroying the Earth, Hellboy and his fellow Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense agents are not really all that interested in kicking the ass of beings with nasty powers and even nastier tempers, but they will if need be.' Sounds promising...

Faith and Cat's reviews have you dreaming of other comic genres? April Gutierrez has a fix for you; her review of Manga -- The Complete Guide. 'The cover to Manga -- The Complete Guide touts that there are reviews of more than 900 manga series inside. That's a startling number of manga, considering that as few as five years ago, manga was still a relatively unknown quantity here in the U.S.' Does it deliver quality information on so much subject matter? April will clue you in.

Another new year, another new series beginning. April looks at Mélusine, the start of a new series from author Sarah Monette. 'In Mélusine, Monette has the makings of a terrific fantasy novel, with an engaging anti-hero, an intriguing system of magic and a vast land begging to be explored. Regretfully, she's weighed it all down with a second main character who's just begging to be smacked around and a plot that wanders hither and yon, much like her two protagonists, once they meet.' April's review will tell you if this series is spreading its wings, or if it needs more time before it takes off.

Lory Hess's look at Ha'Penny takes us into the alternate reality of Britain during a treaty with the German Reich of World War II; the Brits leave Europe to the Reich, and the Reich leaves the Brits alone. Is it all that simple, though? '. . . in Ha'Penny, Walton picks up the story a short time later... As with its predecessor, the strength of Ha'Penny is in its finely drawn characters and period detail.' This is Jo Walton's second look at this particular alternate history, so read Lory's review to see how well the story continues.

Jack Merry definitely has positive things to say about the first graphic novel by journalist G. Willow Wilson: 'Cairo is a rather well-crafted retelling of the Aladdin story set in contemporary Cairo. With a riff that will please fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Ernest Hogan's Smoking Mirror Blues, here too are very old gods who find themselves confronting humans who are very much of the modernity. Here, residents of Cairo, human and otherwise, several Americans, a Leftist journalist and a djinn meet in a journey from the streets of Cairo to Undernile, the fabled river said to run deep below the Nile, in the opposite direction.' Intrigued? Read the rest of his review!

'Was King John really England's worst king? And was his older brother, King Richard the Lion-Heart the paragon that legend makes him? Writer Frank McLynn says he wrote this book as a means of investigating the claims of 20th century revisionist historians who argue that John was the better ruler.' Liz Milner looks at Kings at War and her review looks at whether these questions are answered, and if those answers entertain.

Robert Tilendis looks at Tanith Lee's Indigara. 'The idea of Tanith Lee writing juvenile/young adult fiction is one that stopped me for a moment. Lee was the 'crown princess of fantasy' who appeared on the scene in the 1970s with dark, moody, lunar works such as Anackire, Volkhavaar, and The Storm Lord, followed by such fevered masterpieces as Night's Master. Hmm, I said to myself; this should be interesting.' Was it? Robert's review will let you know!

Robert also looks at Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company, garnering an Excellence in Writing Award. 'For those new to Cook's series, the books are The Annals of the Black Company, the history of the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar. Never mind that no one remembers where Khatovar is, or why the companies were set free to roam the world, or even what happened to the other Free Companies. These men are concerned with the here-and-now. The narrator of these three books, the Books of the North, is Croaker, who also serves as the Company physician. He is the filter through which we see the Company's history as it is made.'

Robert turned his attention last to Jon Courtenay Grimwood's three Arabesk novels, Pashazade, Effendi and Felaheen. He describes Grimwood's writing in this way: 'Jon Courtenay Grimwood's novels are generally termed 'science fiction,' which doesn't really tell the story. They rather tend to occupy a realm that certainly counts as genre fiction, but like so much contemporary science fiction, that aspect is more a matter of context and background than any motivating force for the story. In this case, the story takes place in the near future of a world in which Woodrow Wilson brokered a peace between Germany and Britain in 1915, ending the Great War and leaving the empires of the time largely intact. The problems in Grimwood's stories have nothing to do with technology or its human consequences, and the form is quite deliberately that of the mystery/thriller.' To find out more about the mysteries, read his review

Elizabeth Vail was taken by Kate Thompson's The New Policeman, saying that this 'insightful faerie tale shouldn't only be restricted to teenagers, either. Her keen sense of family dynamics, Irish society, and sexual politics as well as mythology and folklore will be enough to keep any adult fantasy fan entertained. It would be better to keep this volume on the family bookshelf and let everyone have a try. That is, if they have the time.'

takes a look at a new Science Fiction offering from Joe Haldeman. 'Time travel has been a subject of science fiction since before it was even called science fiction. H. G. Wells set a high bar with The Time Machine, and ever since then, numerous authors have been unable to resist the concept. For a long time, Einstein's theories of relativity established the boundaries of the genre, but more recently quantum mechanics and string theory have enabled science fiction writers to approach it from slightly different angles. Joe Haldeman, a prize-winning writer and a top-notch thinker and storyteller, has incorporated something called gravitons and some string theory into his The Accidental Time Machine.'

Gary was less impressed with Evan McHugh's Pint-Sized Ireland: In Search of the Perfect Guinness, which he says is 'too topical for a straight humor book' and 'not detailed enough for a travel guide' and simply 'could be better if someone else wrote it.' Ouch. To see how McHugh could go wrong with two fine ingredients like Ireland and Guinness, read all of Gary's review.

Craig Clarke rejoices in the return to form of the Norwegian 'death punk' band Turbonegro, with its 2007 album Retox. Says Craig in his review, 'Tongue firmly in cheek, Turbonegro crafts solid hard rock songs with a combination of wit and sincerity.'

Christopher Conder has a mixed reaction to the CD Love Supreme from Bollywood legend Asha Bhohsle, now in her 70s. 'What is most striking is how powerful Bhosle's voice remains, a thing of suppleness and subtlety, perhaps weathered slightly with age but still with astounding technical range, and, to fall back on that old cliché, great purity.' Why wasn't Chris equally enamored of the CD itself? Read his review to find out.

Chris has no such misgivings about the reissue of a 1959 performance by folk revivalist John Jacob Niles, titled An Evening With John Jacob Niles. He finds it 'amongst the oddest and most compelling' of Empire Musicwerks' series of folk re-releases. Read his review to find out why.

But Chris was less than positively impressed with the self-titled CD from Angels of Light and Akron/Family. 'Nu-folk, anti-folk, whatever you want to call it,' Chris says, '...[t]his is ponderous.' Read his review to see what else he has to say about it.

Peter Massey
reviews a new album from The Mickeys, Walk Along. This Americana band is from Paw Paw, Michigan, Peter says. 'The core of the band are twin sisters Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles (maiden name Mickey). Together they produce sweet vocal harmonies to die for.' Sounds like Peter likes what he heard. Do read the full review here.

John O'Regan also takes a look at four CDs from what he terms the Celtic Diaspora -- artists of Scottish and Irish background now based elsewhere around the world. Read his review of the Bow Triplets' Fair Play to You, Eamon Coyne & Kris Drever's Honk Toot Suite, Searson's Follow and Buille's self-titled release.

Mr. O'Regan next takes us on an exploration of Celtic tenor singers, both historic and contemporary. His omnibus review delves into a new collection of old recordings of early- and mid-20th Century Irish tenors, including Morton Downey and Denis Day; and a new recording of various contemporary Celtic tenors, from Niall Morris to Air Supply. Read more about it here.

Finally, Gary Whitehouse turns in an omnibus review of Americana music, featuring Corinne West's Second Sight, 'Caleb Klauder's Dangerous Mes & Poisonous Yous, and Two Dollar Bash's On The Road. 'Corinne West leans toward bluegrass, Caleb Klauder toward the honky-tonk, and Two Dollar Bash country-leaning folk,' Gary says. Read what he thinks about them in his review.

Finally, Gary reviews four CDs in the genre loosely defined as alt-country: Glossary's The Better Angels of Our Nature, Cuff the Duke's Sidelines of the City, Barton Carroll's The Lost One and Kasey Anderson's The Reckoning. 'They're all over the map, both geographically and stylistically, but they all celebrate the roots of American music: Lots of twang and steel, some fiddle and even some old-time Moog synth!' Gary tells us. Read his review here.

This press release was too cool from a Green Man perspective not to reproduce in its entirety. Just 'the list of performers, let alone the content of the folk opera, is so damn impressive that we agreed to review the CD and DVD done for this opera!

REV HAMMER’S FREEBORN JOHN

Featuring

REV HAMMER, NEW MODEL ARMY, LEVELLERS, MADDY PRIOR, RORY MCLEOD, ROSE KEMP, PHIL JOHNSTONE & HARRY S FULCHER

Rev Hammer as ‘Freeborn’ John Lilburne, Maddy Prior as Elizabeth Lilburne, Justin Sullivan (New Model Army) as Nehemiah Warton, Rory McLeod as Vox Populi, Rose Kemp as Mary Overton, plus Phil Johnstone as Will o’The People and The Levellers as...themselves

Freeborn John is the world’s first historical folk opera and is a truly unique show featuring songs, vivid imagery and spoken word with a cast of 14 professional musicians. A cast of folk-rock royalty perform songs from Rev Hammer’s original Freeborn John album and new songs written for the touring show.

English history has provided us with no more dramatic or colourful a character than England's first radical, ‘Freeborn’ John Lilburne, unsung hero of the English Civil War. Lilburne's unflagging opposition to arbitrary authority was a lifelong vocation, and he became known by the people of England as 'Freeborn John'. Struggles for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, of conscience and many other 'liberties' and 'freedoms' we now take for granted resulted in his being whipped and pilloried by the King's Star Chamber, imprisoned by Parliament, banished into exile and twice put on trial for his life by Oliver Cromwell.

Brought to life in an astonishingly vivid and tangible way by the inimitable Rev Hammer, Freeborn John tells the story of this true English people’s hero in an exiting, entertaining and hugely informative way.

The original studio album of Freeborn John was completed (and released on Cooking Vinyl) in 1996. It was thought highly unlikely that it would ever be performed live.

In the spring of 2005, Levellers’ Beautiful Days Festival approached Rev Hammer with a commission to perform the whole album live on its own stage at the August 2005 festival. It was a huge challenge to reassemble the cast, reproduce the studio album for live performance and to deliver the project within any semblance of ‘the budget’. At 8.30 on the opening night of the festival, musicians, signers, the English Civil War Society and a few thousand festivals goers gathered on a green hill in the grounds of Escot House, Devon for the world premiere of Freeborn John. The rest as they say is history; British History. Some of it over 300 years old.

Freeborn John tours from 12 – 17 February 2008

Tues 12 BARNSTAPLE Queens Theatre 01271 324242
Wed 13 NORTHAMPTON Derngate 01604 624811
Thurs 14 LEEDS City Varieties 08456 441 881
Fri 15 KINGS LYNN Corn Exchange 01553 764864
Sat 16 LONDON Union Chapel 0870 264 3333
Sun 17 BUXTON Opera House 0845 127 2190

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