The first biography of favourite Bristol folk singer Fred Wedlock will be launched at the city’s M Shed with a celebration featuring performances from musicians including Fred’s daughter Hannah.
The celebration on Saturday November 23 at 2pm will also feature archive footage of Fred in action put together using material held at Bristol Record Office.
Community publisher Bristol Books is behind Fred Wedlock Funnyman of Folk, which tells the story of the man who had a chart hit with Oldest Swinger in Town. It has been written by John Hudson, who last year wrote a biography of Wurzels founder Adge Cutler.
Author John Hudson with “Funnyman of Folk”John will be signing copies of the new book for buyers at the free event. Special guests will include Hannah Wedlock, Bristol-born singer Aj Webber and comedy folkies The Willbees, who will each play a musical tribute to Fred.
Hannah – a successful singer in her own right – now performs with the Blue Note Jazz Band. Aj Webber is a singer-songwriter and contemporary of Fred’s who shared bills with artists such as Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and the Everly Brothers.
John said: “Fred was well known not just across his native West Country but also became one of the relatively small number of distinctly local artists who made a genuine impact on the national stage.
“The book is a celebration of Fred, who brought laughter and fun wherever he played and who was well-known for his charity appearances and television presenting. It is fantastic that Fred’s daughter Hannah will be on hand to uphold the Wedlock family’s musical tradition.
Fred Wedlock died in 2010 after a lifetime of entertaining around clubs, pubs, hotels and theatres throughout the West and far beyond.
Fred Wedlock Funnyman of Folk is the latest release from Bristol Books, a community interest company which aims to keep alive important stories about local people. It includes fascinating insights into his wartime childhood in inner city Bristol, the city’s vibrant folk scene of the Sixties and life on the road at home and overseas.
Fred Wedlock Funnyman of Folk is available priced £12 through bookshops or can be ordered online at www.bristolbooks.org.
Source:Empica on behalf of Bristol Books CIC