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A Century of Folk Music - John Peel (BBC-1999)

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Subject: A Century of Folk Music - John Peel
Date: 04 Jun 21 - 02:14 PM

As I Roved Out: A Century Of Folk Music (1999) - John Peel

In 1999, John Peel presented a series of six documentaries tracing the previous 100 years of folk music, focusing mainly on that from the British Isles. Broadcast on BBC Radio Two, in August and September, repeated in November and December. The shows were produced by John Leonard at the Smooth Operations company and it is not known whether Peel had any input on the scripts. In the first programme he mentions that he has always had "a soft spot" for folk music, and most episodes in the series have contributions from artists previously featured in session or on record on his programmes. The fourth programme in particular includes several artists (such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span) who were played often by Peel and regularly did sessions in the 1960s and 1970s.

Early shows show the same song twice: a clip of an archive recording was played, followed by a more recent recording by a contemporary folk artist.


*    Pre-WW1 origins of the folk revival
*    Post-WW1 era to the 1950s
*    Folk club boom of the 1960s-1970s
*    Folk Rock
*    Celtic music
*    New directions in folk

* Pre-WW1 origins of the folk revival
(1 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-08-25, repeated 1999-11-03),
Featuring interview clips of Ashley Hutchings, John Kirkpatrick, Bob Copper, Shirley Collins.

    Gardener: John England: The Seeds of Love
    Kathryn Roberts: The Seeds of Love
    William Kimber: Constant Billy, Bean Setting
    John Kirkpatrick: Constant Billy, Bean Setting
    Roy Bailey: John Barleycorn
    The Copper Family: Claudy Banks
    Shirley Collins: The Ladies Go Dancing (At Whitsun)

* Post-WW1 era to the 1950s
(2 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-09-01, repeated 1999-11-10).
Featuring interview clips of Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, Wizz Jones, Peggy Seeger.

    Joseph Taylor: Brigg Fair
    Roy Bailey: Brigg Fair
    Christine Collister: The Plains of Waterloo
    Joseph Taylor: Creeping Jane
    Martin Carthy: Creeping Jane
    Fred Mcdowell: 61 Highway
    Ewan MacColl: The Shoals of Herring
    The Radio Ballads: Singing The Fishing (Excerpt)
(Announcer: "Thanks very much John and a belated Happy Birthday.")

* Folk club boom of the 1960s-1970s
(3 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-08-08, repeated 1999-11-17)
Featuring interview clips of Roy Bailey, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Christy Moore, Barry Dransfield, Wizz Jones, Peggy Seeger.

    Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train
    Nancy Whiskey with the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group: Freight Train
    Christy Moore: The Sun Is Burning
    Martin Carthy: Scarborough Fair
    The Watersons: Three Score and Ten
    Bert Jansch: Needle of Death
    Robin & Barry Dransfield: The Rout Of The Blues

* Folk Rock
(4 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-09-15, repeated 1999-11-24)
Featuring interview clips of Ashley Hutchings, Nanci Griffith, Simon Nicol, Joe Boyd, Martin Carthy, Maddy Prior, John Kirkpatrick.

    Bob Dylan: One Too Many Mornings
    Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
    Fairport Convention: Tam Lin
    Steeleye Span: The Blacksmith
    Steeleye Span: All Around My Hat
    Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, John Kirkpatrick and Barry Dransfield: Princess Royal (LP - Morris On) Island Records

* Celtic music
(5 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-09-22, repeated 1999-12-01)
Featuring interview clips of Dolores Keane, Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Philip King, Frances Black, John McCusker, Annie Grace.

    The Chieftains: Cherish The Ladies
    Rita, Sarah & Dolores Keane: Tara Keane Favourite
    The Clancy Brothers: The Irish Rover
    Eleanor Shanley: Wild Mountain Thyme
    Planxty: Raggle Taggle Gypsy
    Eleanor McEvoy & Mary Black: Only A Woman's Heart
    Martyn Bennett: Tongues of Kali

* New directions in folk
(6 of 6. First broadcast: 1999-09-29, repeated 1999-12-08)
Featuring interview clips of Kathryn Tickell, Eliza Carthy, Ian Anderson, June Tabor, Kate Rusby.

    Afro Celt Sound System: Lovers of Light
    Kathryn Tickell: The Wedding & Because He Was
    Eliza Carthy: Ten Thousand Miles
    Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate: Ol' Georgie Buck
    Kate Rusby: Wild Goose
    Dave Burland: The Wild Rover
    Snakefarm: St. James


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