Ewan MacColl

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Ewan MacColl was one of the architects of the folksong revival. Whether as an interpreter of ancient ballads or as a writer of new songs, he influenced almost everyone involved in folk music in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He brought the same skill and understanding to songs of Britain’s industrial cities, ballads of Scots history and lyrics from the English countryside. His own compositions, many of which have passed into the common currency of folk music, are featured both on his own albums and on The Radio-Ballads (see under TSCD801-808).

The Ballad of John Axon


A radio-ballad about the railwaymen of England by Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker & Peggy Seeger The first of the radio-ballads was inspired by a steam locomotive driver who died performing an act of heroism. It was based, like its successors, on many [...]

The Ballad of John Axon2019-10-31T09:09:51+00:00

Ewan MacColl – Ballads: Murder, Intrigue, Love, Discord


The great traditional ballads are storytelling at its dark, urgent best and the greatest exponent of this folk art was Ewan MacColl. Traditional narrative ballads are at the centre of the British Folk Tradition. They told stories which helped define the English [...]

Ewan MacColl – Ballads: Murder, Intrigue, Love, Discord2019-11-07T16:28:06+00:00

Ewan MacColl – The Real MacColl


This powerful compilation from MacColl's many recordings made for the Topic label during the 1950s and '60s gathers ballads and songs of nationhood, crime and punishment, mining and weaving. Many are traditional, but some are MacColl's own compositions and include such widely [...]

Ewan MacColl – The Real MacColl2019-11-05T15:33:28+00:00

Various Artists – Blow The Man Down


Sea songs and shanties A treasure-chest of seafaring songs delivered by such fine inter-preters as Louis Killen, The Watersons, Bob Davenport, Ian Campbell and Cyril Tawney. The two dozen performances include some of the best-known of all British sea songs and shanties, [...]

Various Artists – Blow The Man Down2019-10-31T17:16:47+00:00

Various Artists – English & Scottish Folk Ballads


The folk ballad,' wrote A.L.Lloyd, 'is a folk tale put into verse and set to music. Among British ballads are some of the oldest as well as greatest folksongs we have.' His claim is trenchantly justified by this exceptional collection, as dramas [...]

Various Artists – English & Scottish Folk Ballads2019-11-05T15:38:16+00:00

Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd, Roy Harris – Bold Sportsmen All


Gamblers and sporting blades These songs of sport and betting evoke a packed landscape of hunts and racecourses, boxing rings and football pitches, cockfighting pits, card tables and poolrooms, in boisterous renditions by Ewan MacColl, A.L.Lloyd and Roy Harris. 1  Ewan MacColl [...]

Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd, Roy Harris – Bold Sportsmen All2019-11-08T11:17:15+00:00
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