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GUEST,CJB666 Internet broadcast Ballad of Ewan MaColl (13) RE: Internet broadcast Ballad of Ewan MaColl 10 Oct 20

We have been researching a bit about The Ballad of Ewan MacColl. It appears that there are two versions one from 1990 largely on YouTube, and one from 2014. Details are here:

BBC 2 - Rhythms of the World Special (1990)

BBC Two England, 14 October 1990 20.50

The Ballad of Ewan MacColl

Ewan MacColl (1915-89) was a true 'working class hero'. Born in the backstreets of Salford, he is best known as a singer and songwriter with songs like Dirty Old Town. But he was also an accomplished actor and playwright, and with his third wife, Peggy Seeger , led the folk revival of the 50s - an international movement that has influenced singer-songwriters from Bob Dylan to Tracey Chapman.

Director Tim May
Series editors Niget Finch and Anthony Wall

Unknown: Ewan MacColl
Unknown: Ewan MacColl
Unknown: Peggy Seeger
Unknown: Bob Dylan
Unknown: Tracey Chapman.
Editors: Niget Finch
Editors: Anthony Wall


BBC 2 - Arena: The Ballad of Ewan MacColl (2014)

Wife of folk singer and political activist Ewan MacColl describes his pragmatic approach to song writing

Release date: 17 April 2014


Arena: The Ballad of Ewan MacColl - The Media (2014)

Folk singer and life-long political activist Ewan MacColl sang about the impartiality of the media's coverage of the miners' strike in a song called 'The Media'. Here it is performed for Arena by his children Neill, Kitty and Calum.

Release date: 17 April 2014


We are hoping that the 1990 original is to be aired online by the Manchester Event.


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