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There are names that are synonymous with folk music; Guthrie and Lomax come quickly to mind. Seeger is another such name. Its mere mention conjures a mental laundry list of talented, politically active, musical personalities who are woven into the fabric of American folk music. Seeger family members have been studying — and making — folk music history for more than seven decade.... Dirty Linen

 

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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