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Thread #125052   Message #2766252
Posted By: Mark Dowding
14-Nov-09 - 09:34 PM
Thread Name: Regional British TV folk programmes
Subject: Regional British TV folk programmes
Whilst folk music on TV these days is a rarity, at one time it had a higher profile with programmes featuring the Spinners, Mike Harding and The Fivepenny Piece and others on national TV.
The BBC had a regional "opt-out" facility where the various regions around the country used to put their own programmes on - some of which featured folk music.
BBC Northwest from Manchester made shows by The Houghton Weavers for a number of years in the late 70s and early 80s called "Sit Thee Deawn" and Harry Boardman appeared in a programme called "Ballad of the Northwest" which lasted for three series in the early 70's and featured a number of the groups and performers in the folk world from the area.

As someone who lived in the north west, I was unaware of other regions' output of this nature and so I'd like to ask if anybody remembers programmes from their own broadcast regions around the country (BBC or the ITV regions) - maybe you appeared in some of them!

As far as I know "Ballad of the North West doesn't exist except for a few cassettes that I was given of the soundtrack made by pointing a microphone at the TV speaker. "Sit thee deawn" fares better in the archives as I believe most if not all programmes made are in the archive. Anybody know what else might still exist?

Cheers
Mark