Latest list of events celebrating Ewan MacColl’s centenary on Radio, in Concert, and in the cold, 22-30 Jan 2015
Thursday 22 January 11.30am Radio 4
The Real MacColl – John Cooper Clarke narrates a half-hour programme on Ewan MacColl, produced by Kelly While of Smooth Ops, concentrating particularly on his early years in Salford – still available from the Radio 4 website
Friday 23 January 7pm on the Irish channel Lyric FM (RTE’s Arts station)
Part one of two hour long programmes about Ewan assembled by long-time MacColl devotees Jim Carroll and Pat McKenzie. I assume we can pick it up via the Internet? in the UK, but we can certainly listen again. This part, says Carroll: ‘covers Ewan’s early life in Salford, his move to folk song and the part he played in the creation of the British folk scene and his attitude to songmaking. Excerpts from Interviews with Peggy Seeger paint a vivid picture of their first meeting, their work together and the effects each had on the other as creative artists. Recordings from The Singers Club give a taste of a night there, with both of them at their best in front of a live audience. Towards the end of the programme, Ewan talks of his love of and great respect for traditional ballads, going step-by-step through one of these, ‘Clyde’s Water’
Sunday 25 January Midday onwards, Ewan’s friends and admirers meet, talk, drink and sing at the tree planted in his honour in Russell Square in London, across the road from the tube station,, and afterwards get warmer and drunker in a pub nearby.
Sunday 25 January 7:30pm Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Celtic Connections – Blood & Roses: The Songs Of Ewan MacColl – Tickets: £24 (premium seats – limited availability), £21
Curated by his sons Calum and Neill – both successful musicians themselves – and featuring a hand-picked house band, artists from diverse genres including Paul Buchanan, Norma Waterson, Jarvis Cocker, Kate St John, Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart will perform both well-loved and lesser-known songs from MacColl’s repertoire.
Monday 26 January 7pm Radio 2
Includes Martin and Eliza Carthy as part of the Ewan MacColl tribute.
Wednesday 28 January 10pm Radio 2
Words of Love and Politics. Conversation with Peggy Seeger.
Friday 30 January Irish Lyric FM
Part two of Freeborn Man. ‘This will largely cover his ideas on traditional singing through his work with The Critics Group, and his work with Irish people through the Radio Ballads and the songs composed for the film ‘The Irishmen’