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Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th

Folkiedave 21 Nov 09 - 04:25 AM
Sooz 06 Dec 09 - 05:16 AM
Dave Hanson 06 Dec 09 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 06 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 06 Dec 09 - 09:53 AM
GUEST,beachcomber 06 Dec 09 - 12:21 PM
Folkiedave 06 Dec 09 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 07 Dec 09 - 07:17 AM
andymac 08 Dec 09 - 05:41 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 08 Dec 09 - 11:48 AM
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Subject: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 04:25 AM

Good news. From the webpage of AllOut Productions -

Radio 2 have cleared their normal schedules on December the 9th to pay tribute to Seeger who turned 90 this year.


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: Sooz
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 05:16 AM

Just got this from Joe Stead:

Pete Seeger

"He shall overcome"

8.30pm Wednesday evening BBC Radio 2.

December 9th


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:35 AM

And on Monday the 7th a BBC Radio 2 programme about Lead Belly, 11.30pm though.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM

I first got in interested in folk music via a BBC programme featuring Pete Seeger. This would have been 1960, I think, and the show had Pete singing, playing his banjo and 12 string guitar, and talking about folk music. It was a fabulous introduction to folk music as Pete covered a huge range of material. An English ballard "Golden Vanity", a cowboy song " The Strawberry Roan, Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty", a Leadbelly field holler and so on. Great stuff. I bet the BBC don't have that programme in their archives! But I have!


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 09:53 AM

Apparently the BBC also wiped the Alan Lomax documentary programmes that came out of his 1959/60 trips through the South from which the Atlantic and Prestige material originated. I have them but unfortunately on Reel to Reel.

I expect all the "As I Roved Out" series has gone too.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: GUEST,beachcomber
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 12:21 PM

The happy memories you have brought back to me "Hoot". I recall sitting at the dinner table at home with all my siblings and parents on Sundays around noon [or possibly 1pm] and listening to a woman's voice , unaccompanied, singing "As I roved out on a may morning..." on the BBC Light Programme.
I read many years later that the voice was Sarah Makem's (Tommy's mother) from Keady , Co.Armagh ??
"Family Favourites" was, I think, the programme. to replace it , am I correct
It was the same "As I roved out" series that you mentioned, wasn't it ?


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: Folkiedave
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 01:05 PM

The "As I Roved Out" voice was Sara Makem.

The "As I Roved" series whilst interesting I don't think was mega important. The important thing was the recordings from which the material was taken. As far as I am aware these are with the British National Sound Archive/Topic and are currently in the process of being turned into a Topic Series.

(I am not definitive on this but I am fairly sure that is what the current state of play is).


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 07:17 AM

Re the timing of "As I roved Out" I am pretty sure that it was earlier on a Sunday Morning, preceding "Family Favourites" which was a long runing record request programme for forces serving overseas.

Regarding the music used I am pretty sure that most of it was "field recordings" made by collectors such as Seamus Ennis, Alan Lomax, maybe Bob Copper and also Jean Ritchie when she was here etc. Although Topic Records had been in existence for a long time I believe the majority of their material was recorded after this series was broadcast. One well known collector the bulk of whose work appeared on the Topic label was in fact inspired in his youth by the BBC coming to record the singing of his grandfather when the collector was in his early teens.
As for whether the programme was mega important or not, it certainly was to me. The chance to hear real music warts and all instead of the pop music of the day was great. It was programmes such as this along with Guitar Club and Jazz club all of which the BBC managed to squeeze into it's schedules at the time that nurtured my lifelong interst in music. This of course was in the days when the Musicians Union was for musicians and needle time was restricted meaning more live music and a much more intelligent presentation of recorded music programmes by the people today known as disc jockeys.

Apologies If I rambled on.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: andymac
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 05:41 AM

Hoot,

I'm sure I will be corrected if wrong but I think Peter Kennedy provided much of the "As I Roved out" material. His recordings have passed via the National Sound Archive to Topic and Musical Traditions. Topic are working on a Voice Of The People#2 series and Musical traditions will incorporate the material into their future projects of excellent source singer CDs.

I know the BBC have been stunningly negligent in the past at archiving and saving some of this precious material but my understanding is that they have improved, albeit from a very low base..

If anyone has recordings of these early series they should consider making them more available to everyone never fortunate enough to have seen or heard them when first broadcast; either by donating them to Sound Archives or by digitising and disseminating them...

Isn't that exactly what Pete Seeger has spent most of his life doing?

Andy


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Subject: RE: Pete Seeger Day on BBC December 9th
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 11:48 AM

I am no expert on the Peter Kennedy situation which was given a pretty thorough airing some time back. But if my memory serves me correctly Peter Kennedy made those recordings like the other collectors mentioned on behalf of the BBC.
Hopefully it is the original recordings which he made went to the National Sound Archives.

Hoot


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