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In Search of Rory McEwen

Duration:
57 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 01 April 2013

Van Morrison, Martin Carthy, journalist and author James Fox and former Arts Minister Lord Gowrie help Jools search for Rory McEwen, the father-in-law he never knew.

With his brother Alec, Rory McEwen was a powerful voice in the folk music revival of the late 50s and early 60s, travelling to America in search of his heroes and appearing on the Ed Sullivan show.

He was the host of the network TV music show 'Hullabaloo', a frequent performer on 'Tonight with Cliff Michelmore' and a prolific recording artist before quitting to concentrate on painting, a field where his contemporaries included David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj and Peter Blake.

He introduced George Harrison to Ravi Shankar and was the catalyst for, and hub of, much of what came to be known as Swinging London.

He died in 1982 at the age , 25 years before Jools married his daughter Christabel and in this special programme some of the people Rory influenced discuss his life and influence, shedding light on the career and influence of this shadowy figure.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for Martin Carthy with Rory McEwen & Lisa Turner

    Martin Carthy with Rory McEwen & Lisa Turner My Girl

  • Image for Carolyne & Dick Farina

    Carolyne & Dick Farina Banks O' Scicily

    Artist: Rory & Alex McEwen

    Four For Fun, Waverley Records, ELP 113

  • Image for Sonny Boy Williamson

    Sonny Boy Williamson Don't Start Me Talking

    The Chess Years, ARC, CD RED BOX-1

  • Image for Rory McEwen, Martin Carthy, Lisa Turner

    Rory McEwen, Martin Carthy, Lisa Turner Poor Howard Is Dead and Gone

  • Image for Pete Johnson

    Pete Johnson Sunset Romp

    1947 1949, CLASSIC RECORDS, NA-0

  • Image for Martin Carthy, James Fox and Jools Holland & Band

    Martin Carthy, James Fox and Jools Holland & Band Marilyn Munroe

  • Martin Carthy, James Fox, Gilson, Davie (sitting down), Grey Gowrie, Jools, Mark, Lisa and Phil

    Martin Carthy, James Fox, Gilson, Davie (sitting down), Grey Gowrie, Jools, Mark, Lisa and Phil

  • Allwoods-Carnation-1962 by Rory McEwan

    Allwoods-Carnation-1962 by Rory McEwan

  • Another example of Rory's illustrations - Fritillaria-Meleagris-1981

    Another example of Rory's illustrations - Fritillaria-Meleagris-1981

  • Some of Rory's illustrations - Lily Bud-1964-65

    Some of Rory's illustrations - Lily Bud-1964-65

  • Redcliffe-Square-1979 by Rory McEwan

    Redcliffe-Square-1979 by Rory McEwan

  • Tulip-"Helen-Josephine" by Rory McEwan

    Tulip-"Helen-Josephine" by Rory McEwan

  • Windsor-Great-Park-1979 by Rory McEwan

    Windsor-Great-Park-1979 by Rory McEwan

  • Picture of Rory McEwan and Auriculas

    Picture of Rory McEwan and Auriculas

  • Rory McEwan

    Rory McEwan

  • Gilson's Gallery

    Gilson's Gallery

    Another fine example of Gilson's talent this week with a rather fetching painting of Mick Hucknall.

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