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BBC Electric Proms - Part 1

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Mike Harding | 12:43 UK time, Friday, 24 October 2008

2008 BBC Electric Proms - Maddy Prior & Friends, Cecil Sharp House, London.

Maddy Prior and Tim Hart were at the forefront of the folk revival in this country in the latter end of the 1960s. As well as being fine singers, they had the knack of unearthing terrific songs and breathing such life into them that they soon became part of the folk canon.

They made two albums Folk Songs Of Olde England Volumes 1 and 2 that were seminal works and spurred many a young singer (including myself) to learn and sing the songs. I still do a version of Lish Young Buy A Broom that I learned from them. So The BBC Electric Proms concert last night in Cecil Sharp House, London, was a real treat for me because, for the first time in lord knows how many eons Tim and Maddy were on stage together singing as though the years had melted away.

It was almost fifteen years since Tim had sung in public and twice that since he had worked with Maddy ­as a duo yet you wouldn''t have known it. The voices and the harmonies were as fresh and electric as ever. Tim's living out in the Canary Islands now, on one of the smaller, less touristy isles so the trip back to London was a one-off affair. I'd love to hear them singing together again.

The rest of the night was every bit as good - more about that in my next blog on Monday. In the meantime, you can see a half hour programme of highlights from the show on BBC Four tonight from 10.30pm. You can also find extended coverage via the red button on your TV and on my programme next Wednesday.


  • Comment number 1.

    I'm just listening to the Burt Bacharach Electric Prom from Radio 2 last night. If "24 Hours From Tulsa"doesn't eventually join Greensleeves, Matty Groves & John Reilly "in the tradition", I don't know what will.

    24 Hours From Tulsa stands up well 40 years after it was written and I suspect it will in another 100 years too.


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