Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore – Billy Spakemon and Angelo Guidotti
1955: Foiano Di Valfortore, a backwater in the Italian province of Benevento, where men toil in fields on picturesque hillsides to eek out a living. Oldbury, in the heart of the Black Country, where men toiled night and day in smoky factories to maintain the post war boom. Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore tells of Guido Guidotti’s journey from the rolling hills of his forefathers to the rolling mills of the Black Country, a region which at first seem satanic, but will ultimately become a new home and provide a new life for his family. The Black Country, formed and forged over two centuries by the determination of families from th’off to come in and work in the industries.. Top Black Country poet Billy Spakemon joins Guido’s son, Angelo Guidotti to tell a tale of Black Country Italians, proud of their new land but for whom, there will always be Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore
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Billy United – Billy Spakemon
Brian Dakin has been performing as Billy Spakemon since the 1990s, driven by his vision of promoting the language, the spake, of his forebears and his beloved Black Country. In 2001 the Kates Hill Press published his first collection Chant of the Mutha Tung. Two more volumes followed, Cor Yow Shurrup a Minit Billy, and Tummy Jones Odebry Mon. Billy United brings together all three of these previous books in one volume plus some new material. Billy United charts Billy Spakemon’s progression from his early days to the present, as the top performance poet of the Black Country and tireless champion of our culture through his shows on Black Country Radio and live events at which the broad range of local talent can be showcased.  
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Cor Yow Shurrup A Minit Billy! – Billy Spakemon
Billy Spakemon is the stage and pen name of Brian Dakin. As a child, as the title suggests, Brian could ’gie aspro the yed airche’ as he just wouldn’t stop rattling. As an adult, thankfully, he is no different. Dedicated to the promotion of the Black Country dialect as the core of our identity, Billy Spakemon’s output of poems, stories and songs in his ‘mutha tung’ is truly prodigious, reminiscent of the output of Bob Dylan in his youth. Billy has been performing his work across the region for years and is it’s finest performance poet. This collection of consists of poems, stories and songs, many of which have been performed live at the Lamp Tavern in Dudley where he is resident, and elsewhere. The Graiyte Eskairpe is also available on CD. So, sit back get yer yed in his book, tune into his spake, and enjoy the bard of the Black Country. Foreword by Professor Carl Chinn MBE
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Chant of the Mutha Tung – Billy Spakemon
"In Tippun things am pucked up they lyke stoowed tay. Now the tacky bonks bay no moowa in Braidly" From That's the Wey we Spake Dialect Poetry from Brian Dakin who writes and performs under the name Billy Spake Mon. This is a passionate volume that shows that the Black Country Dialect is here to stay. Includes; "Naiyla Wimmin", "That's the Wey we Spake", "Mutha Tung", "In the Fode" and "Town on Foowa Moowerns." Read em out loud, get the rhythm, be proud….
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Tummy Jones – Odebry Mon – Billy Spakemon
Billy Spakemon is the stage and pen name of Brian Dakin. Dedicated to the promotion of the Black Country dialect as the core of our identity, Billy Spakemon’s output of poems, stories and songs in his ‘mutha tung’ is truly prodigious, reminiscent of the output of Bob Dylan in his youth. Billy has been performing his work across the region for years and is it’s finest performance poet. This, his third collection, of consists of poems, stories and songs, many of which have been performed live across the region. Again the sweep of subject matter is immense, from love to loss, tragedy in the tunnel to fun in the fode... So, sit back get yer yed in his book, tune into his spake, and enjoy the bard of the Black Country. Billy’s fust tew books, Chant of the Mutha Tung and Cor Yow Shurrup a Minit Billy are also available from The Kates Hill Press
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