The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #133176   Message #3021703
Posted By: GUEST
02-Nov-10 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: BBC London Folk Song Cellar
Subject: RE: BBC London Folk Song Cellar
The CJB files came from my own recordings from the NZBC National Programme (equiv. to the BBC Light Prog.) captured to reel-reel tape at 2.00 am on Mondays in Hawera, Taranaki, NZ. I would then be teaching the next day. Why was teach. so tired every Tuesday morning? Now they know. But homesickness - i.e. being thousands of miles from home (UK) - meant that I'd (we'd) do anything to keep in touch with the Brit. folk scene.

The other recordings 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 are courtesy of Ross McLennan who probably recorded the same programmes for the same reason(s) in Hamilton, NZ. He copied these to cassette and then sent them to me in the UK last year. These have been digitised. Ross's original reel-reel tapes went to 'Little Robyn' and Mitch.

But I believe that Robyn and Mitch (in NZ) also have their own recordings.

There is one other large collection of reel-reel tapes in Christchurch, but ...

Anyway now that I have uploaded my recordings I am sure it would be great if others could also do the same. Of course reel-reel tapes do not last forever - they suffer from tape rot (the adhesive crystallises), they also develop drop outs, and 'print through' can be a serious problem, etc.

These treasure troves need rescuing fast!!!

My next task is 100 hours of Folkweave from the 1970s - apparently all junked by the BBC.