"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA
Hexham Riot, 1761
In 2003 Keith Armstrong invited Gary to take part in an anniversary project and performance in Hexham Market Place commemorating the Hexham Riot of 1761. Gary wrote half a dozen songs for the project and performed some of them at the event on 9th March 2003. One of these songs was subsequently recorded as the title track of 'Stand Fast, Stand Steady', Gary's 2005 CD with fellow collaborator Ralf Weihrauch. The other songs, including 'Insurrection', 'Bloody Monday', 'Redcoat's Blues' and 'The Horrific Execution of Peter Patterson', as well as 'It's A Lottery' (which features Keith's lyrics set to music by Gary), remain unreleased commercially and currently only exist in demo form. There are, however, firm plans to professionally record and release all the previously-written material, together with some additional new songs for the project, in a single CD package in the near future.