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Undervalued as a songwriter - especially in the shadow of MacColl, Heading for Home is but one of scores of valuable songs that Seeger has written, many grafted onto or from the living tradition. Her themes are love and betrayal, human solitude and need for affection, as well as the broad sweeps of socialist, feminist values and ideas. I looked across the amber light of the stone, timber and whitewash Market House, heard the incessant, sleety rain on the roof and witnessed an audience enthralled, left to sing on their own and all heading for home with thoughts and emotions drawn from deep, deep wells. Great gig, Peggy! - Francis Devine, Irish Times

Peggy Quotes 2

The beautiful thing about this album is the way it feels both contemporary and classic simultaneously. 'Everything Changes' will fit in perfectly with Seeger's previous work but will also introduce a whole new generation to a way of songwriting that isn't driven by radio minutes or a killer chorus, more by storytelling and getting a message to all those awake enough to listen.
- Listen with Monger

 

The Radio Ballads

The Radio Ballads


Peggy at Cora Hotel 1957 1.jpgOriginally produced for the BBC, each one-hour radio-ballad consisted of recorded actuality from members of the public, a script and songs made by Ewan MacColl, musical arrangments and direction by Peggy Seeger, production and editing by Charles Parker, musical participation by singers and instrumentalists and ingenious procedures innovated by BBC technicians. The final programs were tapestries of speech, sound and song and were considered revolutionary for their time. They opened up new vistas and techniques for radio documentaries and many of Ewan MacColl's most popular songs were made for them.


For an in-depth look at the production of the radio ballads read Ewan Mac Coll's story of "The Radio Ballads: How they were made, when and by whom".

 

THE BALLADS

 

1957 The Ballad of John Axon

A true Casey Jones story about a Stockport railwayman. BBC's entry for the 1958 Italia Prize.(TSCD 801)

 

1958 Song of a Road

About the building of the Britain's first motor highway, the M-1. (TSCD 802)

 

1959 Singing the Fishing

Dealing with the herring fishing industry. Winner of the Italia Prize (documentary category) for 1959. (TSCD 803)

 

1960 The Big Hewer

Dealing with Britain's coal miners. (TSCD 804)

 

1961 The Body Blow

Dealing with five people paralysed by polio. The first of the radio-ballads to deal with a non-industrial subject. (TSCD 805)

 

1962 On the Edge

About Britain's teenagers. (TSCD 806)

 

1963 The Fight Game

Dealing with professional boxing. (TSCD 807)

 

1964 The Travelling People

About Britain's nomadic peoples. (TSCD 808)

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