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Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special

Fred McCormick 20 Oct 08 - 08:53 AM
Jack Campin 20 Oct 08 - 10:59 AM
Fred McCormick 20 Oct 08 - 11:36 AM
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Subject: Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 08:53 AM

Anyone keeping tabs on Worlds of Trad uploads will notice that I'm about a week and a half late this time. For which many apologies. However, this month's programme is a Peace Songs Special, and it took rather longer to assemble than usual.

Why a Peace Songs Special ? Well, after uploading the previous programme, I went on-line as usual to check it was running properly. What I found was that Live365, who host Worlds of Trad, were running a recruitment advertisement for the Central Intelligence Agency, right there, on my programme. Now, I have absolutely no control over who advertises on Worlds of Trad and who doesn't. However, I've always considered Live365 to be a pretty ethical organisation and therefore I previously felt no need to concern myself with issues of advertising content. Obviously I was wrong.

As a pacifist and a humanist, and someone who broadcasts the music of the poor peoples of this earth, I was appalled. Many of those peoples have good cause to curse the name of The Central Intelligence Agency, and for that matter all the other vested interests of the major powers who carve the riches of this earth between them.

Truth to tell though, Live365 has probably been pushed into this by the activities of the American Copyright Royalty Board. The CRB is currently screwing Internet broadcasting with the apparent intention of driving it out of business. If that is true, then you may pause a moment to chuckle at the irony. One arm of the American government is trying to close us down by pushing royalty fees through the roof. Another is helping to meet those royalty increases by funding ethically unacceptable adverts.

Even so, the situation left me in a quandary. I thought about pulling the station off the air entirely, but that would scarcely impact on the CIA. I also thought of moving to another host. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be anything else at all suitable. What's more, I have only just renewed my annual Live365 subscription. In fact I was billed literally the day I found out about the CIA adverts. It's not a huge amount, about $120 per year, but irrespective of whether I quit or stay, Live365 has been paid for the next twelve months.

Anyone who wants to protest is welcome to do so. Unfortunately, the station's contact page doesn't have an email address on it. However, a message to
should get through.

I'm proud of Worlds of Trad. It appears to be the only genuine global grass roots show on the Internet. It's about the one place where you can hear ordinary people of all races and colours making their own music, away from the hype of show business, and the constrictions of the market. And I believe in the music they make. I believe that music is a universal means of emotional expression. It is common to all of us, irrespective of race or gender. I also believe that everyone in this world feels pain and joy and happiness and suffering in exactly the same way, and that those feelings find their articulation in music. If we can get used to that idea, then maybe we'll start thinking about people as fellow human beings, rather than as targets to be shot at or bombed or subjugated or tortured. That argument alone is a very good reason for my sticking two fingers up to the CIA.

The upshot is that I decided to make the next upload a peace and freedom and anti-imperialist special, and that's what's running on Worlds of Trad at the moment. It is not solely anti-CIA, and I do not intend it to be read as specifically anti-American. In truth, I detest all power blocs and empires and clandestine intelligence systems, and I detest the poverty and exploitation which results from these things.

The programme will be on-line until Wednesday November 19th. Aptly, that will carry us over Remembrance Sunday, when we commemorate the wasted lives of two world wars.

As always, to hear the programme, visit
, and click on the yellow speaker button. If you haven't logged on you'll need to follow the onscreen instructions to download the station player. Then wait a moment until the ads clear, press the yellow PLAY button and the station will be on the air. If you also press the green button to the right, you can set Worlds of Trad as a preset. That will save you having to search the next time you listen in.

The playlist is below. As always, enjoy. Síocháin, Shalom, Peace or however you want to say it,

Fred McCormick. .

Playlist. Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special. October 2008

Chikdil dsangpo gyurchik ("United Like a Mighty River"). Muhammed Shafi Reli and party. Nonesuch. H-72075. Ladakh: Songs and Dances from the Highlands of Western Tibet
Christmas in the Trenches. John McCutcheon. Christmas. Winter Solstice. Rounder
The Flood and the Storm. Woody Guthrie. Smithsonian Folkways. SFW40060. Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti.
High Germany. Martin Carthy. Fontana. TL 5269. Martin Carthy
Tá na Páipéir dhá sighneáil. Sean ac Donncha. Gael Linn. CEFCD 184. Seoltaí Séidte (Setting Sail). Ceolta Éireann 1957 - 1961
Million Lonesome Women. Brownie McGhee. CBS. COL 468992 2. The Story of the Blues
The Victory. Grace Clergy. Folkways. FE 4307. Maritime Folksongs
Red Cross Store Blues. Leadbelly. Melodisc. MLP 12-107. The Saga of Leadbelly
The Spithead Sailor. Roy Harris. Topic. TSCD499. Reound Cape Horn
On Board a Man of War. Ewan MacColl. Topic. 12T 147. The Manchester Angel
Kaira. Batrou Sekou Kouyate and Sidiki Diabate.. Musicaphon. BM 30 L 2505. Cordes Anciennes
I Worry For This World. Kieron Mearns. Fellside. FECD195. As Far As My Eyes Can See
Down In Mississippi. Sarah Grey. Fellside. FECD196. Long Way from Home, A
The Wounded Hussar. John Doherty. EFDSS. LP 1003. Pedlar's Pack: Songs, Stories and Fiddle Tunes of Donegal
Atom & Evil. The Golden Gate Quartet. Document. DOCD-5638. Golden Gate Quartet Vol 5 1945 - 1949
Maryland. The Eureka Brass Band. Folkways. FW02462. Music of New Orleans, Vol. 2: Music of the Eureka Brass Band
Women of Greenham/Marching Tune. Kevin Littlewood.
Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall. Pete Seeger. Xtra. 1016. Broadsides
The Great Airplanes Have Arrived. Chorus of Griots. Albatros. VPA 8326. Mali Epic, Historical, Political and Propaganda Songs of the Socialist Government of Modibo Keita (1960 - 1968): Vol 1
The Willing Conscript. Pete Seeger. Xtra. 1016. Broadsides
By the Hush. O J Abbott. Folkways. FM 4051. Irish and British Songs from the Ottawa Valley
The Light Horse. Kevin Mitchell. Topic. 12TS 314. Free and easy
The Hungry Army. Walter Pardon. Topic. TSCD 664. Voice of the People Vol.14:Troubles they are but few
The Kerry Recruit. Seamus Ennis. Ember. 2054. The Bonnie Bunch of Roses
The Yorkshire Blinder. The Cantwell Family. Veteran Tapes. VT 109. HORKEY LOAD VOL 2
Zenel Kadrija. Mark Pashku. Topic. 12T 154. Folk Music of Albania
Khyber. Pathan Musicians from Jalalabad. Saydisc. CD-SDL 376. Disappearing World
The West of lreland/Skibbereen. Joe Heaney. Topic. TSCD 518D. The Road From Connemara
On Yon Bottle Bank. Jack Elliott. Leader. LEA 4001. Jack Elliott of Birtley; The Songs and Stories of a Durham Miner
First World War Medley. Bob Davenport. Topic. 12TS 318. Postcards Home
Old Abe. Frank Proffitt. Folkways. FA 2360. Frank Proffitt Sings Folk Songs
What are they doing in heaven today ?. Washington Philips. Dust to Digital. DTD - 01. Goodbye, Babylon
Come Fill Up Your Glasses. Skylark. Claddagh. CC 46. Skylark
Down By The Riverside. Blind Boys of Alabama. Time Life. M19548. Down In New Orleans
Izlel je Delyo Hadjuk. Valya Balanska. Nonesuch. H-72034. Village Music of Bulgaria
The Bonny Light Horseman. Mary Ann Carolan. Topic. 12TS 362. Songs from the Irish Tradition
The Deadly Wars. Jeannie Robertson. Topic. 12T 196. Folk Songs of Britain, The Vol 8: A Soldier's Life For Me
Where Have All The Flowers Gone. Pete Seeger. Smithsonian Folkways. SFW40096. If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle
Guantanamera. Puli Toro. Folkways. FW08730. Sings Favorite Hispanic Songs
In The Stadium. Adrian Mitchell. Castle.
Te Recuerdo Amanda. Victor Jara. Castle. .
Kilkenny By The Noire. Keane Sisters. Demon. FIEND CD 771. At the Setting of the Sun
Mankind. Lizzie Higgins. Lismor. LIFL 7004. What a Voice
Blowing in the Wind. Bob Dylan. Vanguard. .
An Buachaill Caol Dubh. Dan Dowd. Claddagh. CC40 / 65CD. Claddagh's Choice

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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:59 AM

I'd have expected to see more songs that specifically reference the CIA - nearest I can see is Adrian Mitchell's "In the Stadium".

What songs about the CIA are there? There should be something about the murders of Patrice Lumumba and Walter Rodney, for starters.

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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 11:36 AM


I agree but unfortunately I can only draw on what I've got. Besides, I wanted the programme to say something about the international climate in which we live. IE., The CIA only exists because it serves the economic interests of the USA, just as all the other intelligence organisations exist to serve their own paymasters. In other words the root of the problem isn't the CIA. It is economic imperialism, a point which Woody Guthrie explores in The Flood and the Storm. For that matter, it is also the capacity of the human race to exploit and destroy its own kind.

However, the Albanian ballad, Zenel Kadrija, is certainly anti CIA. Or more properly anti OSS, since that is the organisation which prefigured the CIA. For that matter, one could argue that Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall has anti_CIA overtones, since the Cuban missile crisis, which is what it's about, might never have happened but for the Bay of Pigs. And, as I point out in the prgramme, the location for Guantanmera is Guantanamo, right where the prison is.

There's a good chance more stuff will come to light in the coming months. If it does, and it fits the station ethos, I'll play it.

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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Peace Songs Special
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 11:47 AM


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