Radio Ballads (1957-1964)

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

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