Folk Music Pages
The Folk Music pages were launched in April 1997 at Geocities (Nashville/1242) as little more than a song list, a couple of anecdotes and a few *.wav files. The song list was derived from a Paradox 3.5 table which I then maintained to administrate my collection of songbooks and to produce programmes for the "Idle Fellows". I had just set up my business site, Technical Publications and Industrial Training Services
and viewed these Folk Music pages as a vehicle to get to grips with HTML. I had no idea at that time, and certainly no intention, that these pages, Frankenstein-like, would take on a life of their own and that they would reshape and dominate both my business and private lives. Just like Topsy, they grew and grew.
As more and more anecdotes were written, then new webpages began to sprout. The first seedlings were the
pages soon to be followed
pages. At this point the site was still manual, i.e. all pages were written using MS Wordpad which became ever more arduous as the site, number of tables, links etc. continued to grow. To put it bluntly the website had become unmanageable.. I had just completed a major software project and was in the luxurious position of being able to take time off and to find a software solution. Thus in January 1999, I wrote a Delphi 4 application to handle the problem. All data (anecdotes, links, etc. etc.) was put into a data base and my application converted the data into webpages. All HTML considerations are handled by the program which increased my productivity by at least one order of magnitude. In February of 1999, there was a veritable explosion of off-shoots:
as well as various recorder pages.
Due to my program it was fairly easy to absorb all the extra work necessary when entering the Amazon affiliate programmes in March 1999, this in turn lead to the
webpages, all the while traffic increasing. The Folk-Music webpage were moved from Geocities in October 1999 to the present domain, run and maintained by my new undertaking, Ditty Box Enterprises
. The last page to come on-line was the
page. As of autumn 2000 the
tables have taken up independent existences as webpages.
Since writing the above in December 2000 my personal repertoire has expanded to some 1000 songs - the number having been greatly boosted when joining the Tyneside Maritime Chorus
in 2011. Accordingly more and more webpages have come on line.
Geoff Grainger, Sheffield, July 2017.