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Review: Sea Song prog. on BBC4

GUEST,Shimrod 16 May 11 - 04:26 AM
GUEST,Ed 16 May 11 - 04:34 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 16 May 11 - 05:26 AM
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Subject: Review: Sea Song prog. on BBC4
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 16 May 11 - 04:26 AM

Did anyone catch the programme called, 'Shanties and Sea Songs with Gareth Malone' on BBC4 last night?

Mr Malone went 'trawling' (sorry!) the coasts of the British Isles looking for sea songs. Apart from a fisherman's choir at Filey (?) what he mainly seemed to find was a lot of old folkies (I recognised a few faces) who sing shanties and sea songs - although the implication was that these were 'authentic' old sea dogs still keeping the songs alive (most of the songs were 'authentic' - I'm not sure that all of the 'sea dogs' were!).

He also interviewed a woman in Scotland who sang him 'The Shoals of Herring' and 'Cam All Ye Fisher Lassies' from 'Singing the Fishing' and the suggestion was that these were traditional songs - no mention of Ewan MacColl. In this section two genuine 'Fisher Lassies' (now in their 90s) were interviewed. These ladies remembered singing while they were gutting the herring in Buckie and Banff, or wherever, but the song that they recalled was 'I Belong to Glasgow'!

Watching this programme was like looking at the reflection of a familiar scene in a fairground distorting mirror!


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Subject: RE: Review: Sea Song prog. on BBC4
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 16 May 11 - 04:34 AM

This was a repeat. See previous thread


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Subject: RE: Review: Sea Song prog. on BBC4
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 16 May 11 - 05:26 AM

Sorry, Ed. I didn't realise that it was a repeat.


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Subject: RE: Review: Sea Song prog. on BBC4
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 16 May 11 - 05:34 AM

Nothing to be sorry about! Just thought you might be interested in the previous discussion.


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