Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
Date: 28 Sep 20 - 04:39 AM
How on earth could we produce all this material using musical grassroot sources in the 60s and we seem to get bugger-all now?
Whilst the topic is Brit. t.v. the same goes for radio.
Remember when Mike Harding got the push? Never been adequately replaced.
This year is the 80th snniv. of Cecil Sharp House. It would have been great to have had the London Folk Song Cellar re-aired by the Beeb. The Archives have the master tapes, and the BL Sound Archive has the full set of t'discs. The recordings were made in Tefusis and the cellar bar at C#H after all.
We are busy recovering "Music from the People" (8 out of 10 eps. have been found), Ewan MacColl's "Song Carriers" has been found (thanks Jim), and A.L.Lloyds "Songs of the People" we have.
But Alan Lomax's "The Song Hunter" languishes in the archives on moldering tapes in Birmingham.
Then there are the missing radio ballads - never re-aired: Stone of Tory (Irish), The Man Who Went To War (Langston & Robeson), The Jewelry, Cry From The Cut, The Iron Box, Off Limits - all never heard again.
Someone mentioned BBC Alba - at lest we can access these programmes on iPlayer. And there are some regional folk programmes - again on iPlayer or get_iplayer. But none of these are archived. Only Mike Harding does podcasts.
Basically we need enthusiasts like the Alan Lomax, A.L.Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Charles Chilton, Michael Mason, even Peter Kennedy. Sadly their talent and expertise went largely unrecognised when they were alive, and are totally ignored today.