The New Radio Ballads: In the Footsteps of Ewan MacColl

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In the 1950s and 60s, Ewan MacColl – along with Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger – created the groundbreaking Radio Ballads broadcasts for the BBC Home Service. Covering a variety of subjects and using an audio documentary format, they highlighted the experiences of real people, weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about their recorded interviews.

Almost half a century later, in 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2, using the same format but this time involving a whole team of stellar musicians, singers and songwriters from the folk/acoustic/roots music scene.

Now, three musicians from that team – Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews – have put together a selection of songs from the 2006 Radio Ballads for a concert performance.

All three are engaging storytellers and multi-instrumentalists, whose skills have been honed by decades of live touring around the world and recording.

Expect to be entertained and enlightened by songs of joy, love, hardship and humour.


Enjoy code: 183533
Target groups
Youth, Adult, Elderly
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