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Thread #125052   Message #2766902
Posted By: Mark Dowding
16-Nov-09 - 08:03 AM
Thread Name: Regional British TV folk programmes
Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
Thanks for the replies everyone.
Radio is a better media for folk music as far as the logistics of being on-air is concerned although all the programmes take some planning to organise guests and decide what to play - I know, I've done part of one for Ali O' Brien's Sounds of Folk when I was involved with a programme about Harry Boardman.

TV shows are more expensive by a factor that I wouldn't like to guess at and are more in the public eye when it comes to ratings.
These days it isn't "fashionable" to have a variety programme like there used to be - Val Doonican, Cilla, Lulu, Rolf Harris etc where there might be a possibility of getting the bigger name folk artists on. Does anybody remember if any artists had their own show - maybe Cyril Tawney or the Yetties, Fred Wedlock, Richard Digence, Ralph McTell, Steeleye Span...
It could have been that the smaller stations had programmes featuring their local superstars that the rest of us never got to see.
Granada in the Northwest used to have a five minute programme at the end of the evening's viewing (in the days before you could watch 24 hour telly) called "Thank You and Goodnight" where concerts by the Oldham Tinkers, Blaster Bates, Mike Harding et al would be recorded and split up into individual songs/pieces would be shown each night.