Montag, 5. September 2016

Ewan MacColl - Bad Lads and Hard Cases - British Ballads of Crime and Criminals (Riverside, 1959)


Ewan MacColl may well have been the most influential person in the British folk song revival. From his early manhood until his death in 1989, he remained passionately committed to folk, though not exclusively; he was also a poet, playwright, organizer, activist, songwriter, husband, and father. MacColl was born James Henry Miller in Salford, England in 1915. His father was a lowland man who spoke Scots English, his mother a highlander who spoke Gaelic. Both of his parents were singers. MacColl left school at 14 to busk and act in the streets, and was quickly discovered by the BBC. Soon he was not only singing, but also writing programs for the radio. He founded the first folk club in England, the Ballads and Blues Club, as well as the Critic's Group, an influential early singing group that included such singers as Frankie Armstrong, Anne Briggs, and John Faulkner.

This is an album with British ballads of crime and criminals

Track List:
Turpin Hero
Spence Broughton
Ivor
The Bonnie Banks of Airdrie
Superintendent Barratt
Barratty-Parratty
Go Down You Murderer
Van Dieman's Land
Whiskey in the Jar
Bill Brown
The Banks of the Royal Canal
The Black Velvet Band
Hard Case
The Ballad of Bentley and Craig
Treadmill Song
Gilderoy

Ewan MacColl: Vocals
Peggy Seeger: Guitar and Banjo

Ewan MacColl - Bad Lads and Hard Cases - British Ballads of Crime and Criminals (Riverside, 1959)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

2 Kommentare:

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

I'd edit the first line to note that he may well have been the most influential person in the folk song revival in any English-speaking country. His writing was also able to cross genres. I can't imagine Roberta Flack having achieved the fame she did without having recorded her adaption of MacColl's First Time Ever I Saw Her Face. He was a unique and brilliant force, and I am so grateful you post so much of his music including this wonderful recording.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for your inspiring feedback. Best wishes!

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