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Regional British TV folk programmes

GUEST,Johnny R. 15 Nov 09 - 07:59 AM
Sue Allan 15 Nov 09 - 06:04 AM
doc.tom 15 Nov 09 - 05:38 AM
the lemonade lady 14 Nov 09 - 11:32 PM
BobKnight 14 Nov 09 - 10:14 PM
Leadfingers 14 Nov 09 - 09:41 PM
Mark Dowding 14 Nov 09 - 09:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: GUEST,Johnny R.
Date: 15 Nov 09 - 07:59 AM

I used to live in Lincolnshire, but rather than tune in the the local radio programme I'd head up to the attic and listen to a folk show from Humberside. It might have been called the Folk and Roots Show, but I don't remember very well.

It was hosted by Henry Ayrton, and reception wasn't great (hence listening in the attic) - but the music was wonderful. I ended up going to Beverley Folk Festival because of my interest in those broadcasts.

Chris Wade appeared on the show quite a lot, and she later went on to run a music agency called

The show was notable for having some interesting guest appearances by Roger Wilson, Richard Thompson (once only I think) and others.

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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: Sue Allan
Date: 15 Nov 09 - 06:04 AM

Border TV (covers Cumbria and Scottish Borders) had a series called, I think, One Evening of Late in the late 1960s. I seem to remember Robin Hall and Jimmy MacGregor featured quite a lot, and in other Border programmes.

As part of my research into Cumbrian folk music I have uncovered scripts of TV programmes BBC north west produced in Manchester which featured, as well as Cumbrian dancers, artistes such as Jacqui and Bridie, The Spinners, Steve Benbow. The programmes were hosted by Brian Redhead and Frank Bough, amongst others.

And when it comes to radio programmes, I imagine most BBC local radio stations produced folk programmes in the past Radio Carlisle, forerunner of Radio Cumbria, had 'Folk Workshop'. In addition, an earlier version of regional broadcasting, BBC North, in the 1950s and early 1960s had Merry Neet, Barn Dance and other programmes.

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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: doc.tom
Date: 15 Nov 09 - 05:38 AM

Back in the late 60s, on dear old Westward Television, about 10 minutes to off-air time at the end of an evening, they used to finish the programmes with Charlie Bate and Bob Cann playing tunes in a pretty bare set in the studio. When I served on the Arts Advisory Board of Television South West (who won the franchise from Westward), we went through the archives and not a trace could be found - it had all been live. Great loss!

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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 11:32 PM

I have Freesat and in the evenings at the weekend there's a channel called Alba which is very much Scottish. In fact no English is spoken on it much at all. They have some wonderful folkie programs.

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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: BobKnight
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 10:14 PM

Grampian TV in Aberdeen used to have a programme back in the 60's called, "Silver City Folk," which featured amongst others a very young Barbara Dickson.

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Subject: RE: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 09:41 PM

I dont have any recordings , but Steve Benbow had a TV prgramme on BBC in (I think) 1967 !

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Subject: Regional British TV folk programmes
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 09:34 PM

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?


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