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Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings

GUEST,Malcolm Storey 27 May 15 - 01:01 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 28 May 15 - 06:04 AM
Vic Smith 28 May 15 - 10:33 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 28 May 15 - 10:46 AM
Jim Carroll 28 May 15 - 11:03 AM
Vic Smith 28 May 15 - 04:33 PM
Vic Smith 28 May 15 - 04:51 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 28 May 15 - 08:36 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 29 May 15 - 12:17 PM
GeoffLawes 30 May 15 - 07:32 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 30 May 15 - 06:58 PM
GUEST,Freshen Up 31 May 15 - 06:18 PM
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Subject: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 27 May 15 - 01:01 PM

I am currently backing all of my various recordings, both live and from various media, digitally. Another couple of years might get me there.

I have a cassette recording of Sheila from a radio show some time in the 1990s. It includes the Orangey story but unfortunately the recording quality is poor.

Has anyone any idea what the programme might have been and whether it is hanging about in cyberspace somewhere?


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 28 May 15 - 06:04 AM

Malcolm,

I wonder if you're thinking of 'The Stewarts of Blair', a three part Radio 2 series on the Stewart Family, which was broadcast during the 1990s. Unfortunately, I have buggar all in the way of documentation, so I can't give you a more precise date. However, my database does tell me it was narrated by Sheena Wellington(?).

But note the question mark, which means I'm not even sure that it was Sheena. Bloody hell. Why didn't I keep better records when the better records were there for the keeping?


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: Vic Smith
Date: 28 May 15 - 10:33 AM

This may not be what you are after, Malcolm, but you can listen to a recording of Sheila telling the Appley and Orangey story recorded by Terry Yarnell at Stratford Folk Club 1n 1972 from the British Library by clicking here.

I used to arrange folk club tours in South-East England for The Stewarts of Blair during these years and it is quite likely that I arranged the one when this recording was made.

I can also remember about that time,probably a couple of years earlier, that Belle & Alex, Cathie & Sheila were at our club in Lewes and in the middle of the performance Belle said, "Right, we'll get Sheila to tell you a story now."
It was clear that Sheila was not prepared for this and she looked flummoxed.
Isabel Sutherland was sitting next to me and she called out, "Tell 'Appley & Orangey', Sheila."
"My God, Isabel, that's an awfa' bloodthirsty tale, thon yin."
"You tell it, Sheila. It's one o' yer best."


Sheila told it and it went down really well. It was the first time that I had heard it from her - though I'd heard Alex tell it - and subsequently I heard her tell it many times in club and festival.


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 28 May 15 - 10:46 AM

You can locate potential programmes using the Radio Times archive, here: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/

Search on The Stewarts of Blair, and you get a series of 3 programmes broadcast in the 1990s...narrated by Sheena Wellington. [Fred - remove your question mark!!]

Well, it's a start ....

Derek


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 May 15 - 11:03 AM

Don't think its available any more, but the Vaughan William Memorial library issued a cassette of traditional storytellers which included tales by The Stewarts "....and that's my story"
Cathy toly 'Appley' and another and Belle and Alec had one each ('The Old Fisherman's Son' and 'The Fiery Balls' respectively.
Good collection (even if I do say so myself!) and didn't et the circulation it deserved.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: Vic Smith
Date: 28 May 15 - 04:33 PM

Don't think it's available any more....
... and I'd imagine this isn't either* - a double CD called Scottish Traditional Tales - Scottish Tradition 17 on Greentrax CDTRAX 9017D (2000).
Recorded by various people from the School of Scottish Studies, it is a fabulous collection of some of the finest story tellers in Scotland. Mainly travellers, though there are some Shetlanders, the majority are told by that close knit group of families. Some of the tellers are more widely known because of their connection with the folk revival:- Betsy Whyte, Jeannie Robertson, Stanley Robertson, but you can also hear that superb story-telling style of two of Alex Stewart's siblings; Andrew Stewart (who emigrated to Canada about 1960) and Bella Higgins


* I'm wrong. Just checked and it is available from the Music Scotland website


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: Vic Smith
Date: 28 May 15 - 04:51 PM

The cassette Jim refers to:-
VWML 005 ... And That's My Story   Tales, Yarns and Legends from Britain and Ireland. (1991)
    Dick Beamish, Pontypridd(?), Glamorgan, Wales: Three Old Miners. Wilfred Wesley Norman, Wheddon Cross, Somerset: Fanny Pope. Belle Stewart, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland: Old Fisherman's Son. Harry Adams, Isle Abbotts, Somerset: It's No Use Tapping on the Blind. Francie Kennelly, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, Ireland: Go From My Window. Bob Cann, South Tawton, Devon: The Lion Tamer. Mikeen McCarthy, traveller, born Caherciveen, co. Kerry, Ireland: The Tinker and the Landlord. Cathy Higgins. Blairgowrie. Perthsnire, Scotland: Oot. Jack Oakes, Bolton, Lancashire: Dickie Bithell and the Kicking Match. Cathy Higgins, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland: Appley and Orangey. Ben Sunshine, Aberavon(?), Glamorgan, Wales: Shoni and the Rice Pudding. Alec Stewart, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland: The Fiery Balls. 'Junior' Crehan, Mullagh, Co Clare, Ireland: Talk of a Storyteller. 'Junior' Crehan, Mullagh, Co. Clare, Ireland: Diarmuid and Grainne.


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 28 May 15 - 08:36 PM

Oh crikey!

You ask what you think is a simple question and all of a sudden you have a whole lot more to look at and listen to.

Thanks a load (you rotten sods). I suppose I shall just have to get on with it - but then I did ask... !?

But really yes - thanks a lot and of course, being a Yorkshireman, it is a whole lot cheaper than ringing you all - but perhaps not as much fun.


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 29 May 15 - 12:17 PM

I have had a good look at all the above and have the details of the programmes from the BBC Genome site.

What I can't find are any archived and available recordings of those programmes.


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 May 15 - 07:32 AM

There are YouTube Videos of Sheila singing or talking about her singing. Here are some links
Sheila Stewart sings Jock Stewart.
Blue Bleesin' Blind Drunk
Queen Among The Heather

False, False
Young Jamie Foyers
Betsy Belle

Sheila Stewart discussing the importance of the Ballad.

Glencoe


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 30 May 15 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Geoff - will have a listen some time soon.

Still no closer to the radio programmes though.

Malcolm Taylor was fairly systematic at getting copies of stuff from the media, so it may well be that there is something in the VWML.

What do you reckon Derek?


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart Radio Recordings
From: GUEST,Freshen Up
Date: 31 May 15 - 06:18 PM

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