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BBC 2006 RADIO BALLADS - NEWS


Horn of the Hunter CD cover
RADIO BALLADS ON CD

Due to popular demand, the 2006 Radio Ballads, along with a compilation of music from the series titled Songs of the Radio Ballads, have been released on CD. Distribution is currently being reorganised and information on availability will be published as soon as possible.

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Karine Polwart
RADIO BALLADS LIVE

A one-off stage version of the 2006 Radio Ballads series was specially commissioned for Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival in January and took place on Monday 22 January 2007 in the city's Royal Concert Hall Auditorium. Artists appearing included Kate Rusby, Karine Polwart, John Tams, Jez Lowe, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Bob Fox and Barry Coope with the Radio Ballads band (Andy Cutting, John McCusker and Andy Seward). The show took the form of two halves, the first consisting of musical highlights from five of the six Ballads - Horn Of The Hunter, The Song Of Steel, The Enemy That Lives Within, Thirty Years Of Conflict and Swings And Roundabouts. Act Two was devoted to the whole of the Clyde- and Tyne & Wear-inspired Ballad of the Big Ships in full. To enhance the experience, audio actuality from the series and a slide backdrop of images was intermixed with the live performances.

CHRISTMAS REPEATS

Such was the positive response received from listeners after the Ballads' first airing, Radio 2 decided to repeat five episodes from 2006 Radio Ballads series during Christmas. Horn of the Hunter, Song of Steel, The Enemy that Lives Within, Thirty Years of Conflict and The Ballad of the Big Ships were aired on 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 December respectively.

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