About the Book
A journey from Weardale to the Garonne in a Morris Minor Cabriolet provided Duncan Davis with opportunities to meet people and photograph the varied landscape of rural France. The Morris, laden with the two loves of his life, his wife Diane and a drum kit, performed faultlessly during the 2400 mile journey (and so did the drum kit). The purpose of the journey was to play skiffle music in the open air French markets with a Geordie skiffle band called ‘Earl Grey and the Charwallahs.’ This eccentric group of musicians stayed for a couple of weeks at ‘La Bartasse’ a haven for Bohemian entertainers, artists and thinkers. From the salt-makers of the Vendée to the fruit pickers of the Garonne,
hop aboard the Morris for a pictorial journey on the minor roads of France.
Advertising photographer Duncan Davis along with his wife Diane have created a pub in the North Pennines which mirrors themselves. No compromises, eccentric, welcoming and quirky with a capital K. What else would you expect from a man who plays drums for the Three Steps to Hebburn. It is a gathering place for artists, musicians, actors, eccentrics and all who appreciate individuality. They regularly escape to their traditional narrow boat and join friends along the canal system of Britain. Read about these adventures in "Braunston and Back." Or, in "Minor Roads through France," join them for a leisurely drive to Agen in a 1955 Morris Minor to skiffle with Earl Grey and the Charwallahs. Better still visit them at the Black Bull Frosterley - "Diary of a Weardale Pub."