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Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2

Owen Woodson 24 Aug 12 - 08:11 AM
Roger the Skiffler 24 Aug 12 - 10:03 AM
Owen Woodson 24 Aug 12 - 10:14 AM
Roger the Skiffler 24 Aug 12 - 11:01 AM
Owen Woodson 24 Aug 12 - 11:11 AM
Roger the Skiffler 25 Aug 12 - 05:32 AM
Owen Woodson 30 Aug 12 - 07:45 AM
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Subject: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 08:11 AM

Sorry for not having the details correct, but I can't lay my hands on a Radio Times at the moment and the Radio 2 Schedules for next week haven't been posted on the Internet yet.

However, Tuesday September 4th, BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting an hour long programme on the bluesman David 'Honeyboy' Edwards. IIRC the programme start time is 21-00 hrs British Summer Time, but do check beforehand in case I've got that wrong.

Also, just for once, the Beeb seem to have dispensed with the usual practice of littering such documentaries with the usual unqualified celebrities.

Looks like we could be in a for a complete hours' worth of the life and times of Honeyboy. What more could one ask?


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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 10:03 AM

Well, they might have put it on before I go to Greece! I shall miss it, have to play his CD instead! I'll see if it is still on "Play again" when I get back.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 10:14 AM

Well, the good news is that Woodson got it wrong just this once and Roger won't have to cancel his holiday in Greece after all.

The programme is in fact going out this coming Tuesday 28th and it's 22-00hrs, not 21-00.

It's called Hoboin' With Honeyboy, and here's the programme blurb.

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Radio 2 celebrates the life and music of the original hobo, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, whose death a year ago, severed a vital link to the music, memories and imagination that infuses all blues music.

American based music journalist and broadcaster Gianluca Tramontana conjures the "Wild and tangled forests, the broad, unhasting river flows, somewhere 'twixt Memphis and Tupelo", to the heart and home of Honeyboy.

Honeyboy Edwards was among the first generation of pre-war Mississippi blues musicians that rambled the countryside playing juke joints, picnics, house parties: anywhere music was needed.

He knew the first blues musicians to be recorded, such as Charlie Patton, and travelled with the founding fathers of blues music including Robert Johnson.

Honeyboy was one of hundreds of thousands teenagers hopping freight trains during the Great Depression. He travelled in search of work - to play music, but his weakness for gambling, wine and women often got him into trouble.

After the war he settled in Chicago where his reputation as the greatest country blues musician took hold.

Honeyboy's recent death marks the end of an era, that lives in the hearts of music lovers around the world. His life story is mostly untold, but it's a crucial slice of American history that has been in the shadows.

Tramontana hobos across the country - taking in Chicago, New York, Mississippi and the National Hobo Convention in Iowa - to understand the world and ways of a different type of American hero.
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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 11:01 AM

Thanks, Owen. I'll have to cancel the early night before the early flight!

RtS


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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 11:11 AM

Well they tell me there's still plenty of red hot Greek traditional musicians in some of those remote Greek traditional villages. I sure would have liked to have old Honeyboy busking with a few of them.


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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 05:32 AM

Well, they put up with my kazoo, spoons and bad singing...last year saw me playing Splanky on kazoo with a Dutch harmonica player and a Swedish pocket trrumpeter. Oh, and the sound of Count Basie turning in his grave...

RtS


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Subject: RE: Honeyboy Edwards on BBC Radio 2
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 07:45 AM

I got to listen to the programme last night. Absolutely superb. One of the best music docs I've heard in a long time. The programme moved effortlessly from a general discussion of the blues, to a discussion on Honeyboy, to hoboing in the 30s, to hoboing in the present day, before returning for a round up on Honeyboy. In between it featured interviews with Guy Davis, amongst other, and reminiscences of Honeyboy being recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.

And all this against an continuous soundtrack of music by Son House, Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Charely Patton, Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Williams and a great many other blues singers whom he mixed with.

If you haven't caught it yet, it will be on Iplayer until Tuesday night.


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