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BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys

FreddyHeadey 13 Oct 20 - 12:05 PM
Joe G 13 Oct 20 - 01:25 PM
Jack Campin 13 Oct 20 - 08:42 PM
GUEST,henryp 14 Oct 20 - 04:33 AM
GUEST,Peter Cripps 14 Oct 20 - 06:19 AM
GUEST,JHW 14 Oct 20 - 06:55 AM
Bonzo3legs 14 Oct 20 - 08:00 AM
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Subject: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 12:05 PM

Michael Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
BBC Radio 4

The author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) explores the ways in which folk songs have reflected timeless human experiences, both in the past and today.

With help from singers, songwriters and other passionate experts, Michael admires the indelible stories within classic songs that deal with migration, war, protest and love.

Over the four themed episodes, Michael considers the locations and historical contexts that gave rise to much-loved traditional songs, and finds out how the same topics are inspiring new folk songs in the 2020s.

from Monday 19th October 2020
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nllb/episodes/guide


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Joe G
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 01:25 PM

Sounds interesting!


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 08:42 PM

The first I knew Morpurgo had any interest in folk was when he was in the news for being attacked by an anti-semitic Brexiteer at the Sidmouth festival.

More power to his elbow for persisting regardless.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 04:33 AM

Trailed on Radio 4 this morning;

Monday 19 October 4pm; 1/4 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,Peter Cripps
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 06:19 AM

Sounds great!


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 06:55 AM

Good. I usually hear R4.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 08:00 AM

Wonderful


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 10:42 AM

Folk music by Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo interviewed by Anna Leszkiewicz. He recalls sharing a performance in Ypres with Coope Boyes and Simpson.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 02:29 PM

From Wikipedia; "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" is a popular traditional song, sung to the same tune as "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". First published in London in 1867 and written by Joseph B. Geoghegan, a prolific English songwriter and successful music hall figure (Lighter 2012, pp. 28 – 29).

From FOLK SONG AND MUSIC HALL The intersection of folk and music hall, the songs and social history; [Joseph Bryan (Jack) Geoghegan (1816-89)] was born in Barton-upon-Irwell (part of Salford) in 1816, son of a fustian cutter from Dublin, his mother was from Manchester. Allegedly “before he reached manhood [he] took to writing songs upon current events”. Steve Gardham and others active on Mudcat have found around 300 songs written by Geoghegan.

Jack didn’t live by the standards of the day! He married Elizabeth in 1833 and went on to have nine children with her. But he also started a second family with Mary Birchall around 1850 and went on to have eleven children with her. He maintained the two the two families simultaneously, until Elizabeth died in 1871, and he very soon after married Mary.

Geoghegan worked at the Star Hotel in Liverpool from 1845 to 1858, may have been based in Glasgow 1859-1860, worked in several music halls in Sheffield from 1860 to 1864, before becoming the chairman of ceremonies at the Bolton Museum and Star Music Hall in the late 1860s and 1870s.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 05:26 PM

That's a great story but I'll never remember it. Those who introduce their songs with such detail have always impressed me.

Have heard the R4 trailers. MM seems to say four songs have survived ie those he'll cover in 4 programmes. Must be worth a listen anyway.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Ian
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 04:35 AM

For none UK friends that is BBC radio 4 at 16.00 hrs UK time.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 05:18 AM

At the moment, UK clocks are set to British Summer Time, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Clocks go back 1 hour at 2am on Sunday, 25 October, returning to Greenwich Mean Time.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 01:07 PM

you're right about the time for now but rapidly heading back to the Dark Ages


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 11:52 PM

Author Michael Morpurgo - best-known for his children's books such as War Horse - believes the UK should stay in the European Union.

"I do know my history, and I know we've been at peace for all these years - and that has something to do with Europe," he says.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 11:35 AM

excellent programme, good to hear MacColl, four loom weaver imo would have had more impact unaccompanied


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 01:26 PM

Michael Morpurgo's Folk Journeys Episode 2/4 BBC Radio 4 4pm Monday 26 October 2020

In the second episode, Michael considers a song of protest: Four Loom Weaver.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 04:04 AM

Congratulations to the bbc for this programme


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 04:10 AM



Yes,very good - well worth catching the remaining three programmes.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Joe G
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 04:53 AM

Agreed - excellent programme with a wide range of contributors


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 10:26 AM

A wide range of contributors but very little in the way of announcement of names of contributors.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Vic Smith
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 11:05 AM

I found it very enjoyable and well constructed and careful to keep its appeal broad to those who know the music intimately and those experiencing the songs and singers for the first time. Generally, the speakers were well chosen. There were a few minor things that I didn't like about it but they they were well outnumbered by the things that I enjoyed.
The main message the programme seemed to have was 'This is the music and song of sincerity' and that is one of the elements that attracted so many of us to this music,


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 11:25 AM

Vic is spot on here. Agreeable listening. I'd like to think it might have interested the casual listener in the songs we know and love. Well we can but dream.
Pity it wasn't longer - imagine what wider aspects might have been covered if it had been an hour? Still we must be grateful for anything of this nature from our national public service broadcaster. I'd like to think Lord Reith would have approved. Morgurgo comes across as the decent human being I believe him to be.
I'll be tuning in again.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 12:49 PM

i think Lord Reith would have approved, i thought the analysis was thoughtful, the announcements of names of speakers is not so important to new listeners perhaps as to those who have been involved for a while. the exposure to the songs and the analysis and context is possibly the most important.This is exactly the correct way to introduce folk song, much better than folk being part of some celebrity or pop star or competition,format. it is the music that is of paramount importance and its political and historical context ,excellent programme


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 02:26 PM

Yes, many more positives than negatives. Can anyone please give us a blue clicky to the programme somewhere online so we can praise it and ask for more of the same?

The only slight negative that I had was a few of the tracks were unnecessarily cluttered with accompaniment which detracted from the clarity of the texts, but I suppose they have to keep the attention of the casual listener.

No mention of Jon Lighter who has done quite a bit of study on the relative origins of the 2 songs.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 02:41 PM

'more positives than negatives'. Good for Folk. Will hear the others. I really don't know if Guns and Drums was a reality check to Johnny Comes Marching Home but it was good to hear snippets of Folk again, (I wouldn't like to choose which renderings for any programme).


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: Vic Smith
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 02:57 PM

Steve wrote:-
Can anyone please give us a blue clicky to the programme somewhere online so we can praise it and ask for more of the same?


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nll9


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 03:02 PM

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