This is the final show of three during which we chose to air old favorites. This week the music is from England and Scotland. There is a sad note to the show and that’s the passing of the legendary Scottish balladeer Jean Redpath at age 77 on Aug. 21. Jean possessed a crystalline voice and a mesmerizing stage presence and was one of the foremost champions of Scottish song.
Because of Jean’s death, I had to dispense with a set that included A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl and the Copper Family. Lloyd and MacColl were two overriding giants in the British folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s.
One last note: These “Playin’ Favorites” shows are not “Best of…” or “Top 25…” type of shows. They’re simply selections that I’ve enjoyed programming in decades past and that may possess interesting historical aspects. Listeners really responded to the “old songs.” The idea was originally to do one show, but listener reaction moved the project to three. Thank you!
- Artist, "Title", Album, Label
- Johnny Cunningham, “Archibald McDonald Of Keppoch”, Fair Warning, Green Linnet Records
- Silly Wizard, “The Humours Of Tulla Medley”, Live Wizardry, Green Linnet
- Jean Redpath, “Riddles Expounded Wisely”, Lowlands, Philo
- Jean Redpath, “Jamie Come Try Me”, The Songs Of Robert Burns/Vol. 5 & 6, Greentrax
- Jean Redpath, “The Grey Silkie”, Jean Redpath, Philo
- The Watersons, “The Good Old Way”, For Pence And Spicy Ale, Topic
- Martin Carthy, “Lord Franklin”, Second Album, Polygram
- Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, “Finale Medley”, Swarb!, Free Reed (Box Set)
- Ralph McTell, “Streets Of London”, Troubadours Of British Folk/Vol. 2, Rhino
- Dougie MacLean, “Caledonia”, The Plant Life Years, Osmosys
- Dick Gaughan, “Both Sides The Tweed”, Handful Of Earth, Topic
- Silly Sisters, “The Grey Funnel Line”, Memento, Park
- June Tabor, “No Man’s Land/Flowers Of The Forest”, Ashes & Diamonds, Topic
- Nic Jones, “Farewell To The Gold”, Penguin Eggs, Topic
- Sandy Denny & Fairport Convention, “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”, Unhalfbricking, Island
- Battlefield Band, “The Battle Of Falkirk Muir”, Stand Easy, Topic
- Tannahill Weavers, “The Geese In The Bog/Jig Of Slurs”, “Auld Lang Syne”, The Best Of… Green Linnet
- Alex Campbell/Dougie MacLean/Alan Roberts, “Jock Stewart”, The Plant Life Years, Osmosys