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March 20121:  Bob Hattersley


We are all still in a state of shock and disbelief at Bob’s untimely death.  Work on the new album and book has been  put on hold, but the intention is to release them during the course of 2011. Once release dates for both become available  they will be posted here. Bob had completed all his work on both the album and the book before he  went into hospital and they will be released in his memory. The album should be released first.

October 2010:  Fourum Book to be released in 2011


For many years fans have been asking for a book with the lyrics to the Dales songs. Others have been asking for more background information on the content of the songs. This is now in the pipeline. Allen and Bob have completed all the background details and Bob is now compiling the articles, along with some of his unique maps.


The book will hopefully satisfy the wishes of all our fans. Watch this space for more details!

October 2010:  Back in the Recording Studio


Fourum will be releasing a double album, around Christmas time, containing most of the Dales songs. As all previous albums have sold out this will hopefully satisfy our many fans who have been trying to get hold of a complete collection of the Dales repertoire. Fourum  were back in the recording studio on October 5th (minus Rod)  and on October 13th (minus Allen) to record three new Dales songs to add to the CD. The new songs are The Surrender Smelters’ Song, The Explosion in Richmond Marketplace 1836, and The Still at Brignall Mill.


Rod added a mean harmonica to The Surrender Smelters’ Song - yet another instrument  for him!


Watch this space for a release date.


Meanwhile click here for a few photos from the first day.

May 2011:  Next Gig - June


Our next gig will be on Saturday 4th June at the Swaledale Outdoor Club in Richmond. The evening of folk music starts at 8pm and we will be singing from 9pm for about an hour and a half.

July 2010:  Allen’s Wedding to Yolanda


On July 8, 2010 Allen married his Texan girlfriend of the last 4 years, Yolanda Grady. They met on the Internet in early 2006 and in person a few weeks later at Easter when Allen went back to San Antonio to visit his parents and siblings. The wedding was an all-Fourum affair. It took place at All Saints Church in the village of Manfield - Sandy’s own church,  where, 7 years previously, he married Sarah. Sandy kindly offered his house and garden, just around the corner from the church, for the reception. Bob was the Best Man; Jim read the lesson; The group led one of the hymns; Rod played a mandolin concerto, accompanied on guitar by Sandy while Allen and Yolanda were signing the register. Then, backed by the rest of the group, Allen serenaded Yolanda with her favourite song, Keeper of the Stars, a C&W song that is very special to them both.


Click here for a few photos from the day.

June 2011:  Next Gig - July


Our next gig will be on Sunday 3rd July at the Station in Richmond. The performance will last from 12 noon till 2pm and admission will be free!

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September 2011:  Album Latest


Just got our CD Masters from the studio. What began as a double album has turned into a 3 CD collection of all the Dales  songs, including 5 completely new tracks  and 12 tracks never released in CD format.  There will also be an 8 page booklet.


This album is intended to be a collector’s item, as well as being a tribute to Bob Hattersley who appears on all the tracks. It is hope that the album  will be available from late October. Watch this space for further details

September 2011:  Facebook


For those interested Fourum has a Facebook page. Just search for Fourum Folk Group and click on Like to get any posts that come out.

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Latest Album arrives at last


It has taken over a year in the making and compiling, punctuated by the tragic and untimely death of Bob Hattersley, but  the triple CD album is now on sale. We hope it will serve as a fitting tribute to the memory of a most remarkable man, and founder group member. Bob features on all the songs, including the three new ones.

Hopefully all our followers , some of whom are missing our pre-digital songs, or who wanted to order previous albums, all of which are now sold out, will now be satisfied!

Work  is still in progress on the book to accompany this album, with detailed background to all the songs, as well as photos and some of Bob’s amazingly informative maps. Projected release date  for the book is now early summer of 2012, the 40th anniversary of the group’s founding.