The Radio Ballads describe the lives and experience of working people in their own words and music. They are considered classics of radio production. They have now been released on the Topic label, and a full set of reviews can be seen on the Musical Traditions web site. The story of the Radio Ballads is told in Peter Cox’s book Set Into Song – this website includes many background resources and is well worth a visit.
Where we find further information that may be of interest, we will include it or link to it from here.
The Ballad of John Axon – death of a heroic train driver
Song of a Road – building the first motorway
Singing the Fishing – North Sea herring fishermen
The Body Blow – the battle against polio
The Fight Game – why boxers fight
On the Edge – the experience of growing up
The Big Hewer – getting the coal
The Travelling People – how gypsies survive