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Posted By: GUEST,CJB666
10-Oct-20 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: Internet broadcast Ballad of Ewan MaColl
Subject: RE: Internet broadcast Ballad of Ewan MaColl
Lost Radio Ballads include those from MacColl, Seeger, Parker, Critics Group, et al, and include (reference BBC Genome)

* Off Limits (BBC - never aired),
* The Iron Box (BBC - aired once),
* Romeo & Juliet (BBC - aired recently, on,
* A Cry from the Cut (BBC - circulating, on Vimeo),
* The Jewelry (BBC - circulating),
* The Long Journey (BBC lost),
* To Make A Fisherman (BBC - lost),
* Gentle Easy - Flowing River(BBC - lost),
* The Stone of Tory (BBC - full-scale ballad opera, broadcast from Dublin, featuring Irish rural singers and a cast from the Abbey Theatre. script survives 1951 - lost),
* The Shift (BBC - aired once, now lost),
* Over the Sea to Skye (BBC - A ballad opera on the flight of Prince Charlie through the Highlands, with Ewan MacColl and a cast of Scots and Hebridean folk singers 1951 - lost)
* etc.

Then there is the rare film "The Borderers: Where the White Lilies Grow" featurig Ewan MacColl.

And another film backed by MacColl & Seeger:

And there are quite a few original Ballad Operas from Bridson, Langston, and Lomax - who - incidentally first evolved the Ballad Opera / Radio Ballad genre. These include:

* The Martins and the Coys (CD at Amazon)
* The Old Chisholm Trail (at
* The Man Who Went To War (Langston - script survives, audio at LOC - unavailable)
* The Lonesome Train Cantata (YouTube,


New Radio Ballads are here: