From the Library: British Folk Expressions

Today’s From the Library is a com­plete con­trast from yes­ter­day’s pro­gramme of clas­sic Elec­tron­i­ca. Instead we go back to musi­cal roots some­what, with a day of folk music main­ly, but not exclu­sive­ly, from the British Isles.

We’ll be includ­ing a wide spread of folk music from around these islands, includ­ing both famil­iar and unfa­mil­iar artists (quite a few of the lat­ter in fact) and they will be per­form­ing both tra­di­tion­al songs that have been pop­u­lar for hun­dreds of years, and con­tem­po­rary writ­ing that tells tales very much of the mod­ern world – some of which are rather appro­pri­ate for what is going on in Lon­don today.

Just a few of today’s per­form­ers include (in no par­tic­u­lar order): Mag­gie Hol­land, Kirsty Mac­Coll, David Jones, Kris Drev­er, Seth Lake­man, Roy Bai­ley, Ruth Not­man and Rachel Unthank & the Win­ter­set (pic­tured). We are also fea­tur­ing the 2004 Sil­ver Anniver­sary Edi­tion of Peter Bel­lamy’s mas­ter­piece The Trans­ports—A Bal­lad Opera, which tells of Britain’s trans­port­ed con­victs.

Spe­cial thanks today to Saf­fia Wid­der­shins, my col­league on the Meta Makeover TV show (soon to become Design­ing Worlds), who helped choose a good deal of the mate­r­i­al for today’s pro­gramme, which also includes some artists from her part of the coun­try (such as Mag­pie Lane).

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library; today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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