The Radio Ballads 

 

Singing The Fishing

A radio -ballad about Britain's herring fishing communities

by Ewan Macoll, Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger

 

A Radio-ballad is a sound-tapestry woven of four basic elements: songs, instrumental music, sound effects and the recorded voices of those with whose lives each programme deals The radio-ballads were the joint creation of Ewan Maccoll, Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger. These programmes were revolutiony for their time, using as they did the actual spoken words of the "informants" . Up until this time, this "actuality" (as the trio dubbed it) was transcribed and then interpreted by trained radio speakers. The radio-ballads lead you effortlessly from song to music to sound effect of a way of life upon those who lead it.

They are entertaining, informative, musical, poetic and educational. There were eight radio-ballads, created between 1957 and 1964. They are now re-issued for the first time on CD by Topic

 

Available as CD £15.00 (Order No 91/3)
plus P&P

 

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