From the Library: British Folk

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 29 March, 2010

Today’s programme consists of folk music primarily 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 Designing Worlds TV show, 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 by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at — or click here to link straight to your player if your browser is set up to do so. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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