"Our Arthur," said Edna, "Oy'm off ter see Mom
"Er cor abide yo' so yo'd better not come."
From DIY At Edna and Arthur's
A booklet of poems about the composite characters Edna and Arthur. Carol and her husband John once kept the Old Mill, a Holden's house in Upper Gornal. Edna and Arthur are based on the many parts of their regulars. Join Arthur doing DIY and the housework, accompany them on trips to Ikea, Spain and the Stourbridge Beer Festival. Meet their pets, the cats and Gnasher the dog. Whatever they do, a trip to the pub is never far away for Arthur, and Edna isn't averse to a tipple herself. The booklet is complimented with illustrations by Karen Brockhouse.
Modern Art debunked mercilessly by four Black Country characters created by Greg Stokes. Recorded at Rocket Cottage Studio in West Bromwich, hear Black Country Theatre perform two of Greg Stokes' hilarious Les and Sheila stories on this CD. In 2003 the Baggies played Newcastle in the Carling Cup so Greg and family went up for the match, taking in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the morning. Never a fan of modern art Greg penned The Grant the following month. In this story the lead character decides to build a garden shed and stick it in an art gallery. The announcement of the 2005 Turner Prize short list saw a garden shed in with a shout. To show that we in the Black Country thought of it first, the Kates Hill Press decided to bring out a CD recording of the story. The big difference between us and the Turner Prize people is of course that we know that we are taking the piss! The CD also includes The Grant Part 2 in which Des and Steph apply for an Arts Council grant. They are joined by a Belgian woman who also applies in order to build a bird's nest on the side of the Rotunda in Birmingham. This really did happen!
The Big Apple which was on an earlier version of this CD will be released soon on another recording.
Two hilarious tracks from the Black Country comedy writer performed by black Country Theatre, and recorded at Rocket Cottage Studio in West Bromwich.
1) Doctor - Black Country Theatre perform this favourite from the Lamp Tavern shows. It starts with Bert and Edna bemoaning the fact that Dudley Council have started putting sculptures on the car parks now, but soon, a visitor from th’off needs to see the Doctor...
(First performed at the Lamp Tavern, Dudley, 23/12/05)
2) The Reduced War Of The Worlds - Barry Harper narrates an alternative War of the Worlds in which the Martians land on Kates Hill. With Joanne Webster as Julie, and the many voices of Greg Stokes as Oggler, the gunner, the Martians, the Vicar, and many others. (First performed at the Lamp Tavern, Dudley, 28/04/06)
3) Doctor - Greg is joined by Louise and Brendan for an alternative version of Doctor.
"Young Will Taylor should never EVER have shagged Sarah Dunn..."
From Bold William Taylor.
Carol Midwood has taken the songs of Black Country Night Out legend Jon Raven depicting the seemier side of 19th century Black Country life and converted them into a fine collection of short stories.
The bawdy tales include Nine Times A Night and The Buxom Dairy Maid.
The bloody tales include The Wednesbury Cock Fight and The Tale of Trubshaw and Green.
But they are all Black Country tales and they are all side splittingly hilarious.
A must have title for all lovers of Black Country humour.