From the Library: British Folk Expressions

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 2 April, 2009

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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