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Joe Stead to publish his Ramblings - A fascinating insight into 50 years of the folk revival

Joe Stead has been publishing a monthly email newsletter, Ramblings Of An Old Codger, since the year 2000. He passed a significant milestone of 50 years as a full time professional musician some time ago and decided that over a year of Ramblings he would put together the main elements of his life story. The response from his readers was a demand that he should write a book and by the early part of this year he had amassed over 90,000 words and a pile of photographs and memorabilia.

Joe sent out drafts of the book to a few people for comment and the endorsements received were universally positive. He was persuaded to do the job properly and the result is a large format hardback book, currently approaching 300 pages, which will be released to mark his 75th birthday on June 17th. Joe is currently fighting a battle with cancer but optimistic that there is life in the old dog yet. He signs off every issue of his Ramblings with “Keep smiling. Keep Singing”. The book is guaranteed to keep you smiling.

The first copies will be signed by Joe and numbered as first editions. The book is available to pre-order now at