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Newport Boy 05 Nov 15 - 12:59 PM
Dave Hanson 05 Nov 15 - 03:01 PM
Joe Offer 05 Nov 15 - 03:24 PM
Joe Offer 05 Nov 15 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,henryp 05 Nov 15 - 03:52 PM
Vic Smith 06 Nov 15 - 08:31 AM
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GUEST,ollaimh 24 Nov 15 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: Ewan MacColl tribute
From: Newport Boy
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 12:59 PM

A nice tribute from Maxine Peake today in the Guardian.

Phil


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 03:01 PM

Excellent and very knowledgable job.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 03:24 PM

Links tend to die after a time, so let me post the text.
from http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/04/maxine-peake-ewan-maccoll-folk-music-my-life-in-theatre
4 Nov 2015, The Guardian

Maxine Peake: Real voices, real lives - the inspirational Ewan MacColl

He thought albums were a self-indulgence and said his favourite songwriter was 'Anon'. Actor Maxine Peake pays tribute to the man who inspired her to act, write – and even relocate to Salford


I can't recall the exact moment that I became aware of Ewan MacColl and his music. My grandparents were active members of the Communist party and, as a child, I spent weekends and school holidays at their house, where the records of MacColl and Paul Robeson were always playing. My grandad also loved Lada cars and goods procured from the eastern bloc.

Still, I know when I was first inspired by him. At 16, I went to Salford College of Technology on a two-year performing arts course, where I learned about Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop. I found out she had been married to MacColl before he had taken his stage name, when he was still known as Jimmie Miller. They were artists ahead of their time. The couple met through The Theatre of Action, a revolutionary drama group, and were the first to introduce the Stanislavsky system of acting to the UK. Their work inspired me to apply for drama school.

MacColl eventually drifted away from theatre, focusing increasingly on music. In this, the centenary year of his birth, what should we make of his life and work? The celebrated folk singer tended not to think of songwriting as work at all, and not only because he'd been writing tunes for as long as he could talk. The very term songwriter jarred with him: it spoke of individual endeavour. He thought of song-making as ongoing conversation with what had come before.

His sources were wide: early songs written for his Manchester street troupe, the Red Megaphones, echoed German or Soviet models; The Manchester Rambler, written when he was 16, drew on popular waltzes and music hall; The Joy of Living, a late song from 1986, refashioned a Sicilian folk tune.

In 1957, radio producer Charles Parker asked him and Peggy Seeger, his third wife and long-term collaborator, to write a radio play about John Axon, a steam locomotive driver whose heroism cost him his life when he attempted to rescue his runaway train. MacColl met Axon's widow and workmates to record their memories. Listening to the recordings, he realised that the real voices were more affecting than any an actor could reproduce. Combining their voices with his songs, he created The Ballad of John Axon – and a new form of radio was born.

MacColl, Seeger and Parker went on to create seven more of these dazzling sonic experiments, taking as their subjects working-class lives including miners, fishermen, and the men who built the M1. Using real voices in a dramatic context was unheard of at the time, especially those of the working class. Those ballads were a huge influence on me. When I wrote my first piece for radio, about the legendary cyclist Beryl Burton, we recorded interviews with Beryl's husband Charlie and their daughter Denise, then wove their stories through the piece.

As the leader of the postwar new folk revival, MacColl had rigid ideas. He exhorted young musicians to retrieve the lost folk music of their own regions and nations. And any new songs they wrote should be extensions of those traditions. (For him, the greatest compliment for a new song was that it was indistinguishable from "the tradition".) The Singers' Club, which MacColl founded in 1961, introduced the notorious policy that only those who shared these values were welcome to perform. MacColl's own songwriting, thankfully, always remained far more eclectic than his theory.

Still, those who went to MacColl's concerts or bought his records expecting to hear his compositions would seldom hear more than a sprinkling. Some of his best-known songs were never even recorded by him, including The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, a love song for Peggy Seeger. Not until 1983, when he was 68, did MacColl record an LP of his own songs. (His sleevenotes suggest he was embarrassed at what he saw as self-indulgence.)

His own favourite songwriter was "Anon" – predecessors whose identities were forgotten but whose music remained, and he was forever uneasy with consolidating a personal legacy of his songs for posterity, in case it breached the spirit of that collective tradition. His prolific output became clear only in 2001, thanks to Peggy Seeger's labour of love, The Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook: Sixty Years of Songmaking. That book showed MacColl's legacy lay not in the unperformed plays, archived broadcasts or even the deleted LPs, but in a body of more than 300 songs. MacColl was never interested in being a major songwriter of the 20th century – but he became one anyway.

After many years living in London, I decided to move back north. I chose Salford largely due to its socialist pedigree, of which MacColl is such a key part. A particular draw was the wonderful Working Class Movement Library, started by Ruth and Eddie Frow, friends of MacColl, which hosts an annual celebration of MacColl and his work. I still get great pleasure from informing people that Dirty Old Town is not about Dublin at all, but about my beloved Salford.

A double CD, Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl, is out now on Cooking Vinyl Records. Blood & Roses, a tribute concert is at the the Lowry theatre, Salford, 4 November, the Sage, Gateshead, 5 November, and the Barbican, London, 9 November. Additional contributions by Ben Harker, author of Class Act: The Political and Cultural Life of Ewan MacColl.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 03:28 PM

From a sidebar from the above article:
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/29/joy-of-living-a-tribute-to-ewan-maccoll-review-remarkable-star-packed-tribute

Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl review – remarkable, star-packed tribute

That controversial pioneer of the British folk revival, the late Ewan MacColl, was born in 1915, and the centenary is being marked by reminders that he was a bravely original songwriter. On this remarkable double album, 21 artists rework his songs, ranging from poignant studies of working lives to political comment and love ballads. Many of the best are from the experimental Radio Ballads shows, broadcast by the BBC between 1957 and 1964; they include Norma Waterson's gently pained version of Moving On Song, and Karine Polwart's powerful The Terror Time, both dealing with the realities of Gypsy life. There's also Jarvis Cocker's thoughtful treatment of a boxer's lament, The Battle Is Done With; Steve Earle with a gutsy Dirty Old Town; and Martin Simpson's sensitive solo treatment of The Father's Song, mixing compassion and politics.


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Subject: RE: Joy of Living: Ewan MacColl tribute CD
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 05 Nov 15 - 03:52 PM

9 November 2015, Barbican London - Blood and Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl

Curated by MacColl's sons Neill and Calum, the concert will feature guest singers Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy and other very special surprise guests to be announced shortly.

The 'house band' will feature family and friends including; Neill MacColl guitar; Calum MacColl guitar; Kate St John piano, accordion, winds; Harry Mead drums; Ben Nichols bass; Chaim Tennenbaum banjo

Ewan MacColl Box Set - A deluxe 4 CD boxed set of Ewan's best recordings with full sleeve notes will be released by Topic Records in 2016.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Vic Smith
Date: 06 Nov 15 - 08:31 AM

Moving On Song - Norma Waterson with Martin & Eliza Carthy
"Yorkshire-born folk singer Norma Waterson explains the importance of folk music as oral history, then performs the "Movin' On Song", penned by Peggy Seeger and Ewan McColl. The lyrics empathise with the millions of people in history who were displaced, unwanted and thus told to "move... shift", such as gypsies, itinerant workers and the homeless."


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 06:05 AM

Wednesday 18 November 2015 7pm BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
Peggy Seeger discusses a multi-artist project devoted to Ewan MacColl.

I assume this will be about the CD of Ewan MacColl songs.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 08:30 AM

For those who do not know, Maxine's fame was launched as 'Twinkle' in the series 'Dinner Ladies'. I always like her in that and her career has sky-rocketed since. Marvellous actor.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Vic Smith
Date: 11 Nov 15 - 04:03 PM

Review of Blood and Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl concert at The Barbican in London in The Guardian.
The review was written by Colin Irwin (even although they could have asked someone else who was at the concert, Jeremy Corbyn.)


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 05:12 PM

Thursday 12 November 2015 23:00 BBC Radio 3 Late Junction; and available for 30 days

Anne Hilde Neset plays music including Ewan MacColl tributes and a hypnagogic classic.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: GUEST,ollaimh
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 12:19 PM

aw the fake scottish gael, our own favourite cultural appropriationist. ya know there are real gaels. we don't actually need anglo racists representing us, we can represent ourselves. time for the folk appropriators to learn something about the justice they sing about.


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 12:36 PM

MacColl did so many things some bad most good - but somehow GUEST you have distilled ................. I dunno, you tell us about it


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 01:07 PM

I wouldn't worry, Les. Olliphunt has an anti-English streak that seems to blind him to certain facts. Like MacColl having Scottish parents and living amongst Scottish ex-pats in Salford for most of his formative years. I am not sure if he is a plastic Paddy or a joke Jock. Take your pick. Whichever it is he is sure to take offense. Hopefully ;-)


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 02:25 PM

"aw the fake scottish gael,"
Ollie's persistent attacks on MacColl have now reached the level of being racist
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl tribute-Maxine Peake/Joy of Living CD
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Nov 15 - 03:45 AM

Thanks you two.

Would the second revival have happened without JM/EW? Of course ot would. Would it have been different? Probably. Would it have been so rich? Probably not.


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