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Poetry and Music

Roger McGough presents a programme examining the long relationship between poetry and music. Poets through the ages have collaborated with musicians from every genre from classical to drum and bass, taking in folk, punk and reggae. Featuring Edward Elgar, Sir John Betjeman, ee cummings, Gregory Porter, Michael Horovitz, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, John Cooper Clarke, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Tempest and the Scaffold.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 21 Jun 2014 23:30

This Week's Poems

Where Corals Lie

Words by Richard Garnett

Set to music by Sir Edward Elgar

Sung by Dame Janet Baker with Sir John Barbirolli and the LSO

From the CD Elgar: Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures

Label: EMI


Business Girls

Words by Sir John Betjeman

Set to music by Jim Parker

From the album Betjeman’s Banana Blush

Label: EMI


Blues for the Hitchhiking Dead

Words by Michael Horovitz

Set to music by The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet

From Blues for the Hitchhiking Dead- Jazz Poetry SuperJam #1
Label: Gearbox Records


Tonight I Write Sadly

Words by Christopher Logue (his interpretation of Pablo Neruda’s Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines)

Set to music by the Tony Kinsey Quartet

From Red Bird: Jazz and Poetry

Label: Parlophone


On My Way to Harlem

Written and performed by Gregory Porter

From the album Be Good

Label: Motema


The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Published by Vintage Classics


Mr Tambourine Man

Written and performed by Bob Dylan

From the album Bringing It All Back Home

Label: Columbia


Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye

Written and performed by Leonard Cohen

From the album Songs of Leonard Cohen

Label: Columbia


All in Green Went My Love Riding

Words by E.E. Cummings

Sung by Joan Baez

Music composed and conducted by Peter Schickele

From the album Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time

Label: Vanguard


Evidently Chickentown

By John Cooper Clarke

From the CD Word of Mouth – The Very Best of John Cooper Clarke

Label: Epic


Rong Radio Station

Written and performed by Benjamin Zephaniah

Taken from The Benjamin Zephaniah v Rodney P Naked & Mixed Up EP

Label: One Little Indian


Extract from Brand New Ancients

Written and performed by Kate Tempest

The text is available from Picador



Words by Roger McGough

Music by The Scaffold

From the album Fresh Liver

Label: Island Records




Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ProducerSally Heaven
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