Marilyn is a keen line dancer and has been following Country music for many years. She got involved with the publishing side when she met Rob back in the 1990s. Her involvement in first Up Country and now Cross Country has helped both magazines to be the success they are today.
Janet lives in Nottingham and works out of the Nottingham office co-ordinating advertising, and agent sales. She is the friendly voice of Cross Country who co-ordinates the gig list when all else fails.
Alan learned his trade in the pubs and clubs of Bradford. In the 35 years before his enforced retirement as a professional artist he performed in England, Wales and Scotland as well as Sweden, all the Balearic Islands, all over mainland Spain and Malta. In 1993 and 1994 he performed in Nashville. In 1995 he performed in Dallas, Branson and Muskogee, USA. Being a songwriter he ended up doing only his own songs on stage along and with the humour he was an acclaimed entertainer. In 2007, when at his peak, the arthritis that he had suffered with throughout his life struck his vocal cords and forced him into retirement. Being a fighter he began learning instrumentals and is now a regular on the Cloud 9 Events. He has recorded eight self-penned albums, published two books of humorous poems and recently an album of self-composed instrumentals.
Ray Packham has promoted Country music for 35 years as one of the organisers at the Smokey Mountain CMC, Wythall. Married with one daughter and a much loved grand-daughter, he enjoys Country music festivals and breaks, supporting local clubs and writing reviews. Other interests include football, holidays, gardening, music and reading. His area covers around 12 clubs in the Birmingham, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Black Country districts.
Doug has been a Country music lover all his life and thoroughly enjoy presenting it on his two Country programmes on Somerset¹s 10 Radio and Exmouth¹s Bay FM. He likes to push the boundaries of Country music and cover the full range. If you are a Country music artist or you know someone you think he should play on air then contact him. As far as the music is concerned, if he likes it then he¹ll play it!
Sheila covers parts of the north west and anywhere else that she can get to.
She has been around the UK circuit since 1994 when seeing Garth Brooks at the Opry in Nashville converted her to Country music. She gets asked if she can dance and yes, she can but is as choosy about her dances as she is about acts.
Tom McGuire is a lover of every type of good music, especially Country and Country gospel. Tom, who lives near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, is keen to promote clubs, artists and Country music by reporting for us on performances and activities at clubs and events around the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area. Recently retired he also enjoys golf, crosswords, reading and walking.
The Legend likes to hop from club to club in his area where there is a huge choice of venues around South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and north Lincolnshire. Dave is quite an authority on Country music artists, his favourite group being Lazy Dog.
The Man In Black lives in Lanarkshire. Also known as Andy McArthur, he was born near Glasgow in the very same nursing home as past prime minister, Gordon Brown. Andy is a late entrant into Country and western music which he loves. He dances, he writes articles and he promotes C&W everywhere he goes. He has had 40 years service with BT Openreach as a technician and the Territorial Army where he is known as Major McArthur. Now retired, he works with several charities helping others. It is not all work though, he attends tea dances mid-week for enjoyment.
Andy reports from all over the UK where he travels extensively.
David Baird is 54 years old and lives Middlesbrough. He became interested in Country and Western music about 10 years ago. He reports on clubs in Teesside and also parts of North Yorkshire and County Durham. He can frequently be seen at some of the northern festivals. It is the friendly nature and generosity of the audiences that constantly amazes him.
I am 69 years old, had 3 Heart Attacks in 4 days in 2000, had a Bypass in 2002, now retired and living life to the full. Country Music is something I live and breath, and takes up a very big part of my life, along with Steam Rallies my other hobby. This is the second time I have reported on Country, as I wrote for North Country magazine when I lived in sunny Scunthorpe. To all the Club's who have made me welcome in the South and East Anglia, a big thank yo., I hope by reporting I can put back something into what has given me a lot of pleasure throughout my life.
Brian is 64 years old and married to Jenny who is a keen line dancer. He lives in Earls Barton near Northampton and retired due to poor health several years ago. He has been into Country music since the late 1970s and has run several clubs in the Northampton area through the 1980s and 90s including the Phoenix Rising CMC, Drifters CMC and also does the occasional disco in the area.
Brian has been over to the US several times for visits to Nashville, Tennessee and Texas and quite a few other states over the years and now reports for the magazine covering the area around Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. He tries to get to at least one club a week and sometimes two when possible.
Pat has been interested in the Country music and the Western scene for many years. She did run a stall for around 10 years, travelling the festivals but now just goes as a fan to enjoy them. Her local club is the Xerox where she sells the magazines and a few bits and pieces. Her husband, Len is relief dj and helps with selling the magazines too. The have recently opened the Western Raiders C&WMC in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.
Webmaster, Probably better known as a singer songwriter and compere, Merv is serious about building websites and has taken many courses to further his knowledge and extend his skills.