Now! Then! A Yorkshire Almanac for 2024 (Year of the Sheep), by The Singing Organ-Grinder (paperback)
Now! Then! A Yorkshire Almanac for 2024 (Year of the Sheep) is a book-length calendar portraying Yorkshire on this day. Now! lists modern happenings in the heavens and on earth. Then! consists of daily historical serendipities: from the creation of the Yorkshireman (and, after a brief pause, -woman) by the Archbishop of Armagh on Friday, 28 October 4004 B.C. at around tea-time; to a terrible memory which assails the Singing Organ-Grinder on 9 April 2021, on the M62 at Hartshead Moor Services, as he makes his way in a removal van from Hackney to his new home in Headingley; and including the recollections and writings of paupers and princes, clerics and politicians, scientists and inventors, artists and writers, soldiers and prisoners, natives and foreigners, and so on and so forth, their common theme being Yorkshire. Based on the website.
Sample drafts: cover to the left (24/3/23), sample page (4/4/23), table of contents (16/10/23), bibliography (16/10/23).
Publication on or around 1 November 2023. At that point, copies will be mailed to you, or, if you live in the LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8 or LS13 postcodes, will be delivered to you on foot by the almanacker.
Statistics for the printed version are still approximate.
Now book The Singing Organ-Grinder to perform (sometimes with monkey) an instructive and amusing musical programme containing great tunes and great doggerel relating to the idea of Yorkshireness, taking you from the mythical beginnings of Yorkshire, via Viking berserkers, Civil War beer excesses, encounters with Robin Hood (in Yorkshire, obviously) and the Grand Old Duke of Pork, the Dragon of Wantley, an 18th century steelworker-turned-poacher, 19th century caricatures and serious inventions of Yorkshire character, fairs and fun, 20th century advertising songs, machine music about industrial decline, to a new song about the physical and philosophical nature of Leeds’s ginnels!