Dogwatch are folk duo John (that's me) & Joy Rennie. We both sing, I play English concertina and Joy plays Melodeons, recorders and digital piano (affectionately known as "The Beast" - the piano, not Joy!!). We play tunes and sing songs about subjects both at sea and on dry land. Some of these are traditional, some are made up of wonderful poetry set to music by Joy and some are all our own but there's a good old mixture of serious and light hearted stuff and lots of those all-important "joiney in" bits.

Joy and I were first introduced to the folk world in the mid nineties (the nineteen nineties, not our nineties), when we were taken to Ron Angel's club at The Sun Inn in Stockton by our daughter Olivia. After a period of being first silent audience and then chorus-singing audience, we began doing floor spots individually - I'd never sung since I was a kid but I was bullied into it by Ken Wilson when we started going to the Wilsons' club at The Welly in Wolviston. Joy got a D/G melodeon shortly after we started going to the folk club and I got an English concertina when I took early retirement from my job as a power station engineer in 1999. Eventually, we started performing together (if you'll pardon the expression) at the start of the new millennium and since then, we've been booked and appeared at lots of folk clubs and festivals. Since Ron Angel's heart bypass operation some years back, Joy and I have been running the Stockton Folk Club, ably assisted by the invaluable John Lawson. Ron very sadly died in 2014 and he's greatly missed by many people.

In 2008, Joy got a C/F melodeon to go with her original D/G model. It's given us much more flexibility and has allowed us to develop loads of new song arrangements. We absolutely love it and it was definitely worth waiting the nine months it took to get it from Italy.

Joy also sings with a popular five part female group called "The Raffleites" who sing some lovely songs with very pleasing multi part harmonies. Until the end of 2007, I also sang with "The Endeavour Shanty Men", who've appeared at various festivals in this country as well as in Portugal, Holland, Norway and Germany. In 2005, we and several friends formed "The Otterby Band" (say it quickly to get the true meaning of the name) and we've had a number of club and festival bookings. As well as all that, we both used to play for a border morris dancing side called "Locos in Motion", but retired from it at the end of 2015 due to having too many other time commitments. Early in 2014, we got together with John Thrall (an ex member of "Landlocked" and, more recently "The Owd Chivers" shanty crews) and have sung together as the "3Jayz" at a number of festivals since then. We've had great fun singing together and intend to do lots more of it in the future.